Perhaps no other flower has more romantic symbolism than the rose. Its fragrance has inspired poets and lovers since ancient times.
Rose essential oil has been used in Persia for hundreds of years. In fact, the Persians were the first to distill the essential oil of rose. The Gallica rose—often referred to as the Damask rose—is the variety most highly valued.
The essential oil produced from roses in Bulgaria’s Kanzanlik Valley are considered the best and most fragrant. One acre of land yields three tons of Damask roses, which in turn yield only two liters of essential oil after distillation.
Turkey also produces essential oil of rose. It is less expensive and considered to be less desirable, but it still has a beautiful smell.
Botanical Name: Rosa damascena
Odor Intensity: Very High
Aging, delicate skin
Aroma: sweet and floral with complex undertones
Parts Used: Flowers
Essential Oils Properties: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, emmenagogue, hemostatic, sedative, tonic
Emotional concerns: Rose is useful in treating depression, emotional coldness, sadness, anger, stress, bereavement, nervous tension and insomnia.
Contraindications: use with caution during pregnancy. Beware of adulteration with Geranium essential oil.
Thread Veins and Tender Skin:
2 drops Rose
3 drops Lavender
4 drops Witch Hazel
2 oz. rose water
Combine and apply to cheeks twice a day. Also use as a cool compress as rosewater benefits.