I am often drawn to the psychological aspects of any healing modality and
essential oils are no different. Roses represent Love, Trust and
Self-Acceptence. Originally from Asia, there are some 250 species with over
10,000 hybrid varieties. Only three can be distilled for their aromatic perfume.
Rosa Gallica (French Rose), Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) and Rosa Centifolia
(Cabbage Rose). It is the Bulgarian Damask Rose that gives the finest quality of
distilled essence or "Otto".
Since it takes about 120 lbs or 60,000 roses to be distilled down to 1 ounce of
Rose Otto, it is reasonable to see why it is such an expensive essential oil.
Rose Absolute, created by using a solvant in the process of distillation, allows
for this oil to be significantly less expensive and is used by the perfume
industry. Often blended in a base of jojoba or sunflower oil, Rose Absolute is
what is often sold by most essential oil companies.
A gentle Heart tonifier, Rose's psychological properties play mostly upon it
effects on the mind. The mind, which is the center of our emotional being,
extends it's energy to the heart. Rose oil calms, nourishes and supports the
heart and helps restore a sense of well being. Rose oil can be very beneficial
in helping with anxiety, palpitations and insomnia. The compassion of the Rose
is seen through it's ability to heal emotional wounds. When loss, rejection or
sorrow has injured our capacity for nurturing and self love, Rose oil brings a
sweet and gentle comfort, binding the "heart strings" from the Heart to the
Mind. In cases of a broken heart, injured from abuse or hurt, Rose oil can reach
deep to warm the soul again and touch the deepest despair, restoring the trust
that makes it possible to love again.
In Traditional Chinese Herbology, Mei Gui Hua (Flos Rosae Rugosae) is looked at
in a beautifully poetic manor. Rose buds regulate the Qi Energy and harmonize
the connection between the Spleen and Liver, soothing distention, pain, fullness
and indigestion. Roses are also utilized in a tea for mildly moving Qi related
to Menstrual Disorders. The Heart which is Yin, is paired with it Yang channel,
the Small Intestines. It is stated that when emotional problems of the Heart
take over and become excess in nature, we tend to see Urinary tract infections
in the lower portion of the body. Roses were called the "Queen of Flowers" by
the Greek poet Sappho. The exquisite fragrance, sweet aroma, blushing colors and
considerably therapeutic effects, ensures its special place in the perfumery and
medicinal Materia Aromatica that is no less revered today!
Botanical name: rosa damascena
Use: fights infection, reduces inflammation, relieves muscle spasms.
Increases urination, bowel movement, regulates menstruation. Calms
nerves, decreases depression, stimulates sexual desire.
Perfume Note: Base
Blends well with: Jasmine, Fennel, Vetiver, Geranium, Clary Sage
Production method: steam distillation
Aromatherapy benefits: relaxing, soothing, sensual
Aroma type: sweet, floral
Safety Information: nontoxic, non irritant.