Rose oil (Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Damascena)
Soothing and an anti-depressant, rose otto eases PMT and fatigue. It is a wonderful facial and scalp massage in times of stress and will improve dry skin.
Origin of rose oil:
The rose has been loved for its fragrance at least since Roman times, when it was used in garlands, scented baths and perfumes, often in ostentatious public displays. But the rose has its private uses too: Cleopatra reputedly carpeted her bedroom in rose petals to aid her seduction of Mark Antony.
Rose Essential Oil - Description:
The Damascena rose is cultivated in Bulgaria . The flowers are picked at dawn and the yellowy-brown oil is extracted within 24 hours. It takes approximately five tons of blossoms to produce just 2 lb (1 kg) of oil - not surprisingly one of the most expensive in the world. Centifolia roses, also yielding a richly fragrant oil, are cultivated in France , Algeria , Morocco and Egypt .
Therapeutic Effects of Rose Essential Oil:
- An aphrodisiac and mood enhancer,
- rose is a general tonic and fortifier,
- useful for circulatory problems,
- mental fatigue,
- menstrual and menopausal problems and
- skin disorders.
Rose Essential Oil - Uses:
- One of the least toxic of all essences it is particularly good for older, drier, skins,
- It is useful for pot pourri to perfume bed linens and underwear (add a few drops to the final rinse).