Damask Rose - the source for Rose Essential Oil

Rose Essential Oil Benefits

What makes it so special?

  • It is extracted from the Rose which is known as the Queen of flowers due to its beauty and fragrance.
  • The essential oil provides a multitude of benefits, both physical and emotional.
  • Rose essential oil is known as one of the “precious essential oils” due to both it’s price and it’s wonderful scent.

What makes this oil so expensive?

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If you have ever looked into purchasing rose essential oil I am sure you were a bit shocked at the price. Real Damask Rose Essential Oil is NOT cheap. Note that this is not the same product as rose geranium, cabbage rose or other oils trying to ride along on the coat tails of the “real” rose. Note: If you see rose essential oil priced the same as say peppermint, orange or even lavender then you are not getting the “real mccoy”. The real thing is expensive to produce and the price should reflect that.

This oil is produced from the petals of rose flowers and it takes about 8,000 roses or 42 lbs. of rose petals to make 5 ml or approx. 1 tsp. of essential oil. Rose petals are harvested by hand after the morning dew has dried yet before the hot midday sun is up. The petals then have to be processed either by distillation or extraction to remove the essential oils from the petals. And of course, don’t forget all the time and care that had to be put into growing the rose bushes in the beginning. So back to answering the question of why rose essential is so expensive; it comes down to the time and expense involved to produce it.

What does Rose Essential Oil smell like?

Don’t expect to open up a bottle and feel like you just dove into a tub of rose petals. The scent is rose but it is a deeper scent and bit more earthy than simply smelling a rose in bloom. It is a floral scent but not as sweet. I have seen some aromatherapy books describe it as slightly spicy, but I have never found it to be so. To me the scent of the oil is floral yet earthy, warming and sensuous, rounded and able to blend well with most other oils.

We use rose absolute in our products and the color is a reddish orange with a consistency of a heavy olive oil. It could be called even a little bit tacky or sticky.

Scent is a very personal thing. Not everyone likes lavender even though it is proabably one of the most popular scents out there. The same thing holds true for rose. It may or may not be for you. I firmly believe that essential oils work best on a holistic level. If you don’t like the scent, then no matter what it probably won’t give you the benefits you are looking for. The essential oils you choose to use should be pleasing to you. You should look forward to smelling and using them!

Just what benefits does Rose Essential Oil provide?

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Rose Essential Oil can help you feel better right where you are!

The list below summarizes the aromatherapy benefits commonly ascribed to Rose Essential Oil. I want to stress that I am not a doctor dispensing medical advice or recommendations. For any serious medical conditions you should see your registered physician. That said, I use essential oils myself and definitely see benefits from using them. There are certainly conditions and issues that can benefit from their use, but proceed with caution. More is not better and start with a small patch test because anyone can have an adverse reaction to any substance.

  • For Skin – benefits dry skin, mature skin and aids in reducing wrinkles
  • For Respiratory System – can help with coughs and hay fever
  • Nervous System – helpful for depression, insomnia, headaches, and stress. It has been said about rose, “But the rose procures us on thing above all: a feeling of well being, even of happiness.”

Susan’s products created with Rose Essential Oil.

Rose Milk Soap Bar

“I reach for Rose Milk Soap when I want a treat in the shower for myself and my skin. Smooth, fragrant and soothing!”

QBO- Rose Body Oil

How do I use Rose QBO?

“I use Rose QBO mainly at night. I have issues with itchy skin during the winter and so I put it on my legs and back. I also put a tiny bit at each temple to help me sleep. Aaaah!”

Summary

To sum it all up: Rose Essential Oil is an awesome essential oil with a wonderful scent that can provide some excellent aromatherapy benefits. It is definitely on the expensive end of the scale but if your pocketbook allows I think it is worth it. We have tried to price our products that use it as affordably as possible simply because we believe it is an essential oil worth incorporating into your skin care routine!

Reference:

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless

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