The Rose with its delicate sweet floral scent and timeless beauty is considered the ultimate symbol of femininity, love and romance. From sonnets to all of life’s most cherished moments, no other flower in history has maintained such a regal status. While today there are more than 10,000 cultivated roses grown in many areas, for uses in aromatherapy, Rose Otto from Bulgaria, Turkey and France are highly respected and sought after. In Bulgaria, the Kazanlik Valley of Roses is well known for its Bulgarian Rose Otto and Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena).

Native to the Orient and the Middle East, the Damask Rose (Rosa damascena) with its dreamy pink petals, yields a light pale yellow liquid when steam distilled. It was first distilled and credited to the 10th Century Arabic Physician, Avicenna, who wrote an entire book on its many regenerative properties.

The essential oil is extracted from the petals and is one of the most expensive essential oils. It takes approximately 60,000 roses from the Damask Rose to produce just one ounce of Rose Otto essential oil. It’s aroma is warm, deeply floral, slightly spicy and immensely rich with traces of honey undertones. Rose water is a by-product of this process and also utilized for its wonderful regenerative properties. Rose is used in many face and skin care products for this reason.

The Rose Absolute which is a reddish-orange liquid is processed by solvent extraction and yields a greater quantity of oil. It has a rich, warm, spicy-floral aroma with pronounced honey undertones.

The Rose principal components are citronellol, geraniol, nerol, farsenol, phenyl ethanol, and many others depending on the species and is known to contain more than 300 chemical compounds. Due to the complexity of the rose odor, natural perfumers sometimes utilize both Rose Otto and Rose Absolute to achieve a balance in their creations. Use Rose alone or utilize just a few drops in any blend as a little goes a long way.

Rose has a nurturing and mood uplifting effect on the entire nervous system while restoring a sense of well-being. It is excellent for all types of depression, grief and sorrow, as well as being antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, a gentle sedative, balancing, an aphrodisiac, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and mildy astringent. Helps with both male and female infertility issues. Use with caution in pregnancy due to its emmenagogue properties. Excellent for all skin types, especially mature and sensitive complexions and wrinkles.

Quiet the Soul Diffuser Blend
(Encourage serene moments)

4 drops Lavender Maillette
3 drops Rose
2 drops Roman Chamomile

Combine essential oils and add to diffuser for 15-20 minutes.

Rhapsody Massage Oil
(Sensual healing for the Heart)

4 drops Bergamot
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Rose
2 drops Jasmine

Combine essential oils and add to 1 oz. Carrier Oil.
Massage using slow rhythmic hand upward strokes towards the heart.
Release stress by paying special attention to hands, feet and neck areas.

Blossom - Anti-Aging Face Elixir
(Restorative and nourishing for sensitive and mature skin)

6 drops Frankincense
4 drops Geranium
4 drops Neroli
4 drops Rose
2 drops Lavender

Anti-aging blend that smells heavenly. Mix essential oils and add to 1/3 Apricot Kernel Oil, 1/3 oz. Jojoba Oil, 1/3 oz. Rose Hip Seed Oil. Apply nightly after cleansing your face,. Leave on overnight.

Inner Peace Meditation Blend
(A blend for a calming and grounding effect)

7 drops Sandalwood
4 drops Frankincense
3 drops Rose
1 drop Vetiver

Combine essential oils and add to 1 oz. Carrier Oil.
Use a few drops on pulse points and/or over the heart area.

Author's Bio: 

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