How do you use Rose Essential Oil?

Rose Essential Oil. What is it?

The botanical name is Rosa damascena, often known as the Damask rose. It is a small shrub with thorny stems. It is highly sought after for its many therapeutic properties.

Diffuse Rose oil to uplift your spirits; the blooming floral fragrance brings about feelings of love, care, and comfort. Apply topically in daily skin care routines. Rose oil helps balance moisture levels in skin, reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, and promote a healthy-looking and even skin tone.

Where does Rose Essential Oil come from?

Originally from the Syrian capital Damascus, Bulgaria is mostly where the delicate bloom of the Rosa damascene is grown.

The Damask rose is widely grown in Bulgaria, Syria, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Iran and China. 

Rosa centifolia, the cabbage rose, is more commonly grown in Morocco, France and Egypt.

How is it produced?

Extraction Method: steam distillation

Steam Distillation is the most popular method used to extract and isolate essential oils from plants for use in natural products. The process involves steam vapourising the plant material’s volatile compounds, which eventually go through a condensation and collection process.

Harvesting Rose essential oil is a very labour-intensive production process and has a very low yield. It takes more than 10,000 freshly picked rose blossoms to produce only one 5ml bottle of Rose essential oil.

The distillation process must occur the same day that the flower is harvested to preserve the delicate nature of the petals. The process results in an essential oil known for its beautiful, romantic, sweet floral aroma.

How do you use rose essential oil?

  • Aromatically: Put a few drops in diffuser or inhale the oil directly. It works well as a natural room freshener when you put a few drops of oil along with water into a spritz bottle.
  • Topically: It can be used undiluted and has many skin benefits when used topically. It’s always better however to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut in a 1:1 ratio before applying it topically. After diluting the oil, always perform a small patch test prior to using the oil on larger areas. Once you know you that you do not have a negative reaction, you can add a few drops of essential oil to a face serum, warm bath, lotion or body wash.

 

Here’s a few more great ways to use rose oil:

  • Acne: For acne sufferers, try dabbing a drop of pure rose essential oil on blemishes three times a day. Ensure you use a sterile cotton swab. Dilute it slightly with some coconut oil if you find the antimicrobial power is too much for you,
  • Depression and anxiety: Combine rose oil with lavender oil and diffuse it or apply 1 to 2 drops topically to your wrists and the back of your neck.
  •  Libido: Diffuse it or apply 2 to 3 drops topically to your neck and chest. Combine rose oil with a carrier oil like jojoba, coconut or olive for a libido-boosting therapeutic massage.
  •  PMS: Apply it diluted with a carrier oil topically to your abdomen or place it in your diffuser.
  • Skin health: Apply it topically or add to face wash, body wash or lotion.
  •  Fragrant natural perfume: For a natural fragrance, dab 1 to 2 drops behind your ears or on your wrists.

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What are the health benefits of rose essential oil?

According to aromatherapy practitioners, inhaling essential oil molecules, or absorbing essential oils through the skin, transmits messages to the limbic system.

This is an area of the brain which is responsible for controlling emotions and influencing the nervous system. It is believed these messages affect biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

Scientific support for the benefits of rose essential oil is fairly limited. Listed here is a summary of some key findings from scientific research on the health benefits of rose essential oil:

1) Stress

According to a 2009 study Rose essential oil may help relieve stress. The study involved 40 healthy volunteers who absorbed either rose essential oil or a placebo through their skin. Those who received rose essential oil experienced a greater increase in feelings of calm and relaxation, as well as a greater decrease in breathing rate and blood pressure, compared to those who received the placebo.

2) Sleep

Rose essential oil may improve sleep quality in people hospitalized in coronary care units according to a small study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2014. In a trial involving 60 people, those who received routine care plus rose oil aromatherapy for three subsequent nights had a better quality of sleep compared to those who received routine care.

3) Anxiety

Several preliminary studies suggest that rose essential oil may help alleviate anxiety. A study published in Nephro-Urology Monthly in 2016 examined the use of aromatherapy with rose water for anxiety in hemodialysis patients and found that rose water noticeably reduced anxiety levels.

4) Menopausal Symptoms

A study published in 2008, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests Rose essential oil may be of benefit to women undergoing menopause. The study involved researchers assigning 25 menopausal women to weekly massages with several essential oils, including lavender and jasmine essential oils, in addition to rose and rose geranium essential oils.

After eight weeks, the participants who received massages reported a significantly greater improvement in menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes) compared to the 27 study participants who weren't massaged. However, the study authors advised they were unable to attribute the positive effects to aromatherapy, massage, or the combination of the two therapies.

5) Menstrual Cramps and Pain

When combined with lavender, cinnamon, and clove oils in a base of almond oil, rose essential oil used for abdominal massage may be effective in decreasing the severity of menstrual cramps. In a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2013, scientists found that women who had an abdominal massage once daily for seven days prior to menstruation using the oil blend experienced less pain (both intensity and duration) compared to the women who received a massage with almond oil alone.

Another study, published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2015, found that women who applied aromatherapy self-massage using rose oil had less menstrual pain by the second cycle compared to those who did self-massage with unscented almond oil or had no treatment.