By Katrina Scampini
The beauty and fragrance of the rose have been prized for centuries the world over. With an exquisitely sweet and distinct aroma, it’s no wonder that people fall in love with the flower that has come to symbolize “love” itself. Perfectly coined the “Queen of Flowers” by the Greek poet Sappho, the rose continues to be an incredibly popular and significant flower. Its gorgeous and recognizable scent is captured in Rose Absolute, a precious and stunning addition to any essential oil collection!
Plant Therapy’s Rose Absolute comes from the Rosa x centifolia, commonly called the Cabbage Rose or Rose Maroc. It’s an old-fashioned style rose, with many layers of thin pink petals, that thrives in long, hot Moroccan summers . To get an absolute, first, the flower heads must be picked in the early morning to retain their fragrance . Next, solvent extraction is used to produce the reddish-orange absolute we know and love. There is another type of rose oil, Rose Otto, which is the steam-distilled essential oil of the Rosa x damascena. Both are beautiful choices, but the Absolute is a more affordable way to enjoy all the benefits rose has to offer to our mind and body.
Let’s check out some of our favorite ways to use Rose Absolute…
1. Negative thoughts? Feeling lonely or rejected? Rose Absolute can be the light that helps get you through.
The emotional healing properties of Rose Absolute are perhaps one of its most defining qualities. It has long been known to support the healing of emotional wounds, especially when dealing with rejection and loss. The sweet, gentle comfort of Rose encourages compassionate feelings toward both ourselves and others. It helps reduce feelings of stress and tension by calming the nervous system and lifting our spirits .
Enjoy a beautiful, relaxing bath when gloomy thoughts have you feeling down. Blend 2 tablespoons of unscented body wash with half a cup of Epsom salt, 2 drops of Rose Absolute and 3 drops of Sandalwood Australian. Is Sandalwood missing from your arsenal of products? Rose Absolute would also make a gorgeous bath blend with essential oils like Bergamot, Patchouli, and Vetiver.
2. From those always awful monthly cramps to an upset, overstuffed stomach, Rose Absolute can help.
Rose oil is commonly associated with women. Not only is it The Queen and smells quintessentially feminine, but it is also known to benefit the female reproductive system. It does this by helping to tone the uterus, supporting a regular menstrual flow, and soothing cramps and spasms in the intestines and uterus .
However, us ladies aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this precious absolute; Rose is useful for all types of digestion issues. It can help reduce feelings of nausea , stimulate and strengthen the liver, and get everything moving along as it needs to be .
When tummy issues are giving you problems, try diluting Rose in your favorite carrier oil and massage clockwise on the abdomen. For a safe 2% dilution, use 6 drops of Rose Absolute with 2 teaspoons of a carrier.
3. Gorgeous skin. Need I say more?
Inflamed, dehydrated, and dull skin is no match for Rose Absolute. It’s great for all skin types but is especially wonderful for dry, mature, and sensitive skin. It can soothe inflammation by constricting capillaries, which make it ideal for dealing with thread veins (commonly referred to as “spider veins”). Exceptionally dry skin and occasional skin irritations will love soaking up Rose’s topical benefits, and you’ll love the way it makes you look and feel!
For facial and neck applications, make sure to dilute to 1% in a carrier oil. One drop of Rose Absolute and two drops of Frankincense Frereana with 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of a carrier makes an excellent supportive and fragrant serum for the face and neck. For a more intensely nourishing topical blend, try 2 drops of Rose Absolute, 3 drops of Blue Yarrow, and 4 drops of Roman Chamomile in two teaspoons of carrier or lotion. This creates an overall 3% dilution, making it perfect for areas of the body that need hydration, such as the elbows, knees, and feet.
4. Enjoy simply as a personal fragrance to keep the garden with you all day long!
Rose has several great therapeutic uses, but let’s not forget about how good a beautiful scent can simply brighten your day! Diluting and wearing as a personal fragrance is a simple way to smell like a rose garden fresh in bloom—wherever you are! Sweet and sensual, Rose Absolute is a renowned natural aphrodisiac as well, making it a perfect fragrance for a special night out.
Use in a roll-on bottle by adding 6 drops to 10 mL of Fractionated Coconut Oil and roll onto your wrists or along the collarbone.
For a romantic diffuser blend, try this gorgeous recipe from our SEOR Facebook Admin and Certified Aromatherapist Tyler Hagan: 3 drops of Balsam Fir, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang Complete, and 1 drop of Rose Absolute. It’s aptly named “Magnetic” and is perfect for that romantic evening at home. For more great recipes, become a member of our Safe Essential Oil Recipes group on facebook!
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