Rose

 

Rose

Rose

Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascena

Properties: creates a feeling of calm and wellbeing. Also antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, sedative, tonic and an appetite regulator.

Usage What it’s good for
Massage Improving circulation and as a digestive tonic. Relieving PMS, menopausal problems, broken veins, constipation, nausea, gastric ulcers and liver problems. Calming puffy skin, alleviating dry and itchy, chapped, sensitive or inflamed skin and beautifying wrinkled and ageing skin. Also used for wound healing.
Added to bathwater or vaporiser/burner Relieves stress related or emotional problems including depression, postnatal depression, nervous tension and insomnia. As an aphrodisiac can help with low libido and impotence problems.

Caution: not to be used during first three months of pregnancy and not at all if there’s a history of miscarriage.

NB: rose oil is obtained from the fresh petals by means of steam distillation (rose otto) or solvent extraction (rose absolute). Rose otto is the most expensive but preferred oil for aromatherapy.