Rose 101: How to Use Rose Essential Oil
One of the most difficult Essential Oils to distil, Rose Essential Oil has amazing regenerative effects on the skin as well as a number of other health benefits. This fragrant floral comes from elegant rose petals, & can be distilled either with steam to produce Rose Otto, or with chemical solvents to produce Rose Absolute.
It is important to note that Absolute Essential Oils are not the highest quality, however, they are still extremely fragrant & effective oils. Absolutes are created when the raw material used to create an Essential Oil doesn't yield a lot of the end product, such as the case with Rose. Creating just 15ml or Rose Otto Essential Oil requires 65 pounds of rose petals! Using a chemical solvent increases the amount of oil that can be extracted from the raw material.
Because of the lower yield, Rose Otto Essential Oil tends to be quite costly. For this reason, a number of Essential Oil retailers will adulterate the oil. Sometimes, Rose Essential Oil will be diluted into a Carrier Oil such as Jojoba Oil. Other retailers will blend Pure Rose with Geranium Essential Oil or Palmarosa Essential Oil. Blending with a similarly scented Essential Oil helps keep the therapeutic benefits of Rose Essential Oil without the expense.
Essential Oils 101
Rose Essential Oil
Pure Rose Essential Oil has been used for centuries as a powerful aphrodisiac. Rose Oil's use in this manner dates all the way back to Cleopatra. It is said that she would add Rose Oil to her bath in order to attract her lovers. In modern aromatherapy, Rose Essential Oil is used to stimulate the libido. Dilute Rose Oil into a Carrier Oil & use it as a massage oil.
Rose Essential Oil is great for balancing hormones & can help to alleviate cramps. During your period, add a few drops of pure Rose Oil, or Rose Geranium Essential Oil, to a carrier oil such a coconut oil or olive oil, & massage the mixture into your lower abdomen.
Using Rose Oil as a massage oil will help reduce water retention & bloating.
Floral Essential Oils have mood-enhancing benefits. Rose Oil is an extremely powerful antidepressant. To be most effective, Rose Essential Oil should be diffused into the air or diluted into a massage oil & rubbed onto the bottoms of your feet at night.
Rose Essential Oil is an excellent addition to any skin care regime. Try adding 20-30 drops of Rose oil to your daily moisturiser to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Adding Rose oil to your moisturiser will also fade sunspots.
Rose Hydrosol, or water that has been infused with Rose Essential Oil during the distillation process, can be used as a very effective toner for mature skin.
Rose Essential Oil has naturally occurring antibacterial properties. A few drops can be massaged into a cut or scrape to reduce healing time & prevent infection.
For Eczema, or other types of dermal inflammation, adding Rose Essential Oil to a career oil, such as jojoba, or sweet almond, & massaging it into the effected area will reduce itching & promote healing.
Due to it's regenerative properties, Rose Essential Oil also prevents scarring. Place a drop of the oil onto any abrasion throughout the healing process to diminish scarring.
Rose is one of the few oils that is safe to use while pregnant, & it's affect on hormones makes it beneficial in the months leading up to delivery. Many labour oils use pure Rose Essential Oil. For best results begin using a Rose labour oil roughly two weeks prior to your expected delivery date. Massage the oil over your abdomen 2-3 times daily.
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