It’s an exciting time as we prepare to add one of the most indulgent and desirable essential oils in existence to our selection: rose essential oil, known as the ‘Queen of Oils’. The use of this powerful and versatile oil dates back thousands of years. It is known to have been used in Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt for its therapeutic benefits and is still incredibly popular today for its many uses.
Background of rose oil
Before we dive into its benefits, let’s take a look at where this magnificent product comes from. Rose essential oil comes from the Rosa Damascena Rose, which is considered to be the best oil-producing rose in the world. It is believed to be a hybrid of Rose Gallica and Rose Phoenicia and has been cultivated for thousands of years. The flower is particularly sensitive to climate and soil conditions, however favourable growing conditions have been discovered in the Kazanlak region of Bulgaria, now dubbed the Valley of the Roses.
Extraction is a long and delicate process. The roses are picked before sunrise as distillation must occur whilst the flowers are fresh to protect the delicate petals. The oil is extracted via water distillation, and the heat must be carefully controlled to avoid damage to the aroma. The fresh flowers produce a yield of up to 0.05%. It takes 10,000 roses to produce 5ml of oil, making the extraction of rose oil a highly labour-intensive and time-consuming job.
Benefits of Rose Oil
Now for the benefits – this is why rose essential oil is in such high demand, and why people go to enormous effort to extract it. It is a potent oil and the uses and benefits are plentiful. Therapeutically, the enticing aroma of rose oil is thought to stimulate the release of feel-good hormones, helping to provide relief from pain and discomfort. The release of endorphins can also assist in giving the libido a boost.
Furthermore, the relaxing and uplifting effects of rose oil can help to lift the mood and reduce feelings of anxiety. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of rose oil are also believed to be effective against infection-causing microbes, so they may assist in providing protection against seasonal illnesses.
When applied topically, rose oil promotes a healthy-looking complexion, helps to restore the moisture levels in the skin, and improves the appearance of skin imperfections.
How to use rose oil
Rose is a highly potent essential oil, so it is best to dilute it with a carrier oil. For topical use, it can also be added to your normal moisturiser. You may also opt to diffuse the oil or add a few drops to a relaxing bath or foot bath after diluting to experience its benefits.
Rose oil also blends well with a variety of other essential oils, such as chamomile, lavender, or patchouli, to create a unique scent and enjoy the benefits of multiple oils.
The work involved in extracting rose oil, and the numerous desirable benefits make it one of the most opulent oils available, and one that is highly deserving of a place in any home to enhance the lives of the inhabitants.