It is dry oil; the skin will soak it up quickly without a greasy feeling. It can be used straight or mixed into a cream or lotion. Rose oil should not be used on broken skin or open wounds unless directed to do so by a physician. Rose oil is anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-viral, astringent and bactericidal and also a tonic to the liver, stomach and uterus. It is known as the womens oil, helping with menstrual problems and benefiting the skin, particularly mature or aging skin.
Types of Rose Oil
There are two types of rose oil commonly available: 'Rose Otto'; captured by steam distillation of the fresh petals, and Rose Absolute; obtained by solvent extraction of the fresh petals. It invokes positive thoughts, spiritualism and feelings of joy, happiness and hope. The oil is said to have mild sedative activity and is used to treat anxiety and depression.
Health Benefits of Rose Essential Oil
The health benefits of Rose Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue, cicatrisant, depurative, emenagogue, haemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervine, stomachic and uterine substance.
This oil can be well mixed with the following oils: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Neroli, Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Patchouli and Rosewood. However, one should restrain the use of this oil, if high cold and cough condition is present. Being one of the most expensive essential oils, rose is often adulterated for profit.
Uses for Rose Essential Oil
In alternative medicine, rose essential oil is typically touted as an aromatherapy remedy for the following health problems:
In addition, rose essential oil is said to enhance libido, reduce stress, stimulate circulation, sharpen memory, and boost mood.
When applied directly to skin, beauty products containing rose essential oil are purported to reduce wrinkles, improve moisture, and reverse signs of aging.
Some Home-made Tips to get benefits of Roses
Roses are highly nourishing to the skin. They are beneficial to all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and aging skin. Roses can diminish redness in the skin caused by enlarged capillaries. They also have a toning effect, and are naturally antiseptic.
Caution: It can eliminate headaches if used in mild concentrations, but its strong aroma can do just the opposite if a very high concentration is used. Rose essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional. Internal use of rose essential oil may have toxic effects. Before use, essential oils should be diluted in a Carrier Oil. With any essential oil, there is the risk of contact sensitivity. Pregnant and nursing women and children should consult their primary health care providers before using essential oils.
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