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Rosa damascena (also known as the damask rose) and Rosa centifolia are the two main species of rose used in the production of rose essential oil. Most Rose Absolute is obtained from the damask rose which is widely cultivated in Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, India, Russia and China.
Rose Absolute is obtained by solvent extraction, whereas Rose Otto is obtained by steam distillation. The solvent extraction method involves agitating the rose petals in a solvent such as hexane. This isolates the aromatic compounds as well as pigments and wax. The extracts then undergo vacuum processing to remove the solvent, leaving a wax-like material known as the ‘concrete’. This is mixed with alcohol to dissolve the aromatic compounds, leaving behind the wax and other substances. Low-pressure evaporation is then used to remove the alcohol which yields the final Rose Absolute. Due to the low temperatures used in the extraction process (compared to steam distillation), the aroma of Rose Absolute oil tends to be closer to the true scent of fresh rose than Rose Otto. Rose Absolute is therefore often used in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics whilst Rose Otto essential oil tends to be used for therapeutic purposes.
Rose oil commands a high price as the extraction process requires up to several thousand pounds of rose petals to obtain a single ounce of oil. The production process is also very labour-intensive, with harvesting of the flowers done by hand, before sunrise, with processing completed on the same day.
Although it is expensive, Rose is one of the best all-purpose essential oils for your collection. Rose is tender, uplifting and soothing. It not only helps fight depression, grief, anger and fear, but it is also a tonic for the heart and digestive system. Rose is also the first choice for helping with female-related problems and is one of the best essential oils to use on the skin.
- Species: Rosa damascena
- Plant family: Rosaceae
- Origin: Bulgaria
- Note: Middle
- Extraction Method: Solvent extraction
Avoid in early pregnancy especially if there is a history of miscarriage.
Rose Absolute oil stimulates the skin, while moisturizing and hydrating. It boosts all skin types and is particularly beneficial for dry, mature, inflamed and sensitive skin.It helps to reduce skin redness, fight inflammation, and its astringent properties act as a general skin tonic.
Rose oil soothes and balances the mind. It has antidepressant properties and can help alleviate anxiety, stress, nervous tension and help people deal with emotional problems such as anger, grief, sadness, and loss.
Rose is one of the best oils for treating female reproductive problems, PMT, menopausal symptoms and irregular periods. It is also beneficial for the physical heart and the respiratory and digestive systems. It can also help with headaches and migraines and is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties.
|Blends well with:||Sandalwood, Chamomile and Patchouli.|
Melanie Warren Review by Melanie Warren
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Absolutely (pardon the pun) the most beautiful Rose oil available. (Posted on 11/01/2016)
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- Essential oils are not to be used undiluted and are not to be taken internally.
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