Updated: Oct 24
Rosa Damascena (Rose Oil)
It's the season for roses and my garden is literally bursting with them! I love rose oil - it's like gold dust in the world of essential oils due to being very difficult to extract the essential oil from the petals, and needing so many rose petals to create just a few drops of the oil. It smells beautiful as you can imagine, and I sometimes treat myself by adding a few drops to my unscented evening face cream blended with a few other essential oils creating a truly delicious and special cream.
Rosa Damascena is mainly cultivated in Bulgaria, Turkey and France.
Interesting fact: rose water is a by-product of the extraction process (steam distillation of the rose petals) of rose essential oil.
As it's National Rose Week here in the UK, I thought I'd take a few photos of the roses in our garden to share.
Apart from the fabulous perfume, Rosa Damascena (rose oil) has a list of properties, not limited to but including:
Beautiful on dry/mature skin
Providing hormonal balance support
Love in a bottle
Blends Well With...
And many more...
For a 1% dilution, add 2 drops of essential oil per 10ml of unscented body lotion or face cream.
A particularly lovely combination for mature skin:
Rose (Rosa Damascena), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) and Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii)
Always carry out a patch test on your skin before the first use (behind the ear or on the inside the arm where the skin is sensitive is the best place. Cover with a waterproof plaster and leave for 24-48 hours. Don't use if you experience skin sensitisation. Essential oils should always be diluted, never put directly on the skin.
And now, a reward for getting this far down the blog post - a photo of my favourite animal :-) Taken in Zambia in 2015.
Essential Oil Safety:
Always read the EO safety guidance
Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)
Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes
Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice
Do not use on children younger than 5 without seeking advice
Use lower dilutions for children/elderly
Ensure pets can leave the room if diffusing essential oils
If you have any medical conditions seek advice
Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice
If you are asthmatic or have any other lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity.
"Essential Oil Safety" by Robert Tisserand - E-book published by Elsevier Health Sciences
"The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless - Updated Edition (2014) published by Harper Thorsons
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Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.