Essential oil of the day – Rose (rosa centifolia and rosa damascena)
Rose is known as The ‘Queen’ of flowers and of the essential oils. The history on Rose is extensive, a book could be written on this essential oil alone. There are over 10,000 types of cultivated rose. Rose water was first prepared by Avicenna in the 10th century. The essential oil was first extracted in the 16th century. It was highly prized in Babylon, Assyria, China, Egypt, Rome and Greece for its healing properties. No other flower h as been used for so many sacred purposes as rose. It symbolises beauty, love, youth, perfection and immortality.
The essential oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, sedative (nervous system), heart & circulatory system tonic & emmenagogue properties (to name a few). Rose is good for dry, inflamed, mature & sensitive skin – its also good for inflammation, wounds & redness. It will help to diminish and prevent broken capillaries and thread veins. Its also very useful for insomnia, nervous tension, stress, anger, fear, anxiety & depression.
Rose has a powerful effect on the uterus. It is cleansing, purifying, regulating and a tonic. It helps to regulate menstruation, relieves cramps and excessive bleeding. Good for infertility, Rose is thought to aid conception and is certainly helpful with it is difficult to predict ovulation dates because of an irregular cycles. Rose is helpful for woman with postnatal depression and where any hormonal changes are present ie: menopause, PMT.
It’s a shame it’s soooooooooo expensive – I use it in my practice at a 25% dilution – it is very effective at this rate. Rose is a base essential oil (so it stays in the system for a week) and yes, it smells JUST divine.