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Rose Essential Oil: Why Using Rose Essential Oil Makes Sweet Sense

Updated on August 4, 2016
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Jennette grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a degree in Journalism. She enjoys blogging, hiking and reading.

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Rose Essential Oil is one of the most delectable scents of all the healing oils. It’s rich yet delicate floral aroma is sweet to the senses and its medicinal benefits are sweet as well. If you haven’t stopped to smell the roses lately, read on and…you will.

Rose Essential Oil is derived from the petals of roses. It takes 60,000 roses to make just one ounce. There are various forms, such as rose ottos, which is when the process of distillation involves steam, and rose absolutes, which is obtained through an extraction that uses solvents or supercritical carbon dioxide extraction. These two methods are most popular when the essential oil is to be used for fragrance in a perfume and not for medicinal use. The type used most often in perfumes is an organic synthesis that is the most expensive among rose essential oils.

The rose itself dates back at least 60 to 70 million years ago according to science. With its origination in Central Asia, the rose managed to spread around the world to countries like China, Greece, and Rome. Confucius even wrote about the rose in 500 B.C.

Throughout history, the rose has been worshiped for its sweet perfume. It has been hailed for its unsurpassed beauty. It has also been used for its many medicinal benefits.

One of the most popular therapeutic uses for rose essential oil as far as healing oils go is perhaps its ability to lift depression. The aroma of the rose scent travels through the limbic system to areas of the brain that influence your thoughts and feelings. Rose is one of the most pleasurable aromas and one of the most healing as well. Just the sweet smell is said to boost confidence, strengthen the mental state, increase self-esteem, and relieve anxiety. Feelings of hope, happiness, and joy are common when rose oil is administered. It’s no wonder that roses are given to friends and family after a surgery, during a trying time such as after the death of a loved one, and for special joyous occasions like a birthday or wedding.

Another tried and true use for rose essential oil is for beautification and treatment of the skin. Rose oil contains powerful anti-oxidants so it has the ability to repair skin damage and make the skin soft, supple, and youthful looking.

Because rose oil is an antiseptic, it is also very soothing and is great for minor irritations like insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. It helps decrease the risk of infection and can bring down swelling too.

Rose essential oil has the power to calm a patient who is experiencing an unusually high fever because it is an antiphlogistic. It actually sedates the inflammation that occurs during the dangerously high fever. In addition, it is indispensable for diminishing inflammation due to indigestion, poison ingestion, dehydration, and microbial infection.

The antispasmodic benefits of rose oil make it a leader for controlling muscular spasms. It is a favorite for massage therapists to use for achy, cramping muscles. It can help with convulsions, cramps, spasmodic cholera and is good to administer to pulled muscles.

If you feel a cold or flu coming on, better jump into a rose oil bath soak. Rose oil is a heavy-duty anti-viral, immune booster, and anti-bacterial agent. Not only does it rid the body of bad bacteria, it supplies it with good bacteria, which is fabulous for conditions such as urinary tract infections, intestinal and stomach trouble, colon conditions, and other digestive problems.

Rose essential oil is an emmenagogue, which means it stimulates hormone secretion. This can be especially helpful for relief of cramps, pms, and can even help the nausea, fatigue, and depression that often accompanies menstrual conditions. It is also a depurative, meaning it purifies the blood. It is great for detoxifying your body both inside and out. On the outside, it gets rid of boils, ulcers, and other skin irritations and diseases. Inside your body, it is said it cleanses free radicals, even cancer, and heart disease.

If you suffer from gall bladder issues, you will certainly want to give rose oil a try. It aids in regulating the acid levels within the blood and the stomach. This helps prevent such conditions as acidosis and acidity. In addition, it promotes healthy digestion which reduces the risk of irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and even constipation. What’s more, it has been said to decrease the chances of contacting colorectal cancer.

Rose essential oil is fantastic for blood circulation. It stimulates the blood to flow properly, and in doing so can eliminate low, high, or irregular blood pressure and other things like hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and other circulatory conditions.

Got a headache? Try smelling a little rose oil. But, take the word “little” to heart. If sniffed in a high volume or a really potent strength, it can actually give you a headache.

If you are constipated, rose oil is one of the most potent scented oils on earth to relieve the symptoms. It has no side effects and clears your bowels through stimulating the anal and intestinal muscles. In doing so, it is super for helping you drop a few unwanted pounds and clears out toxins in the process.

Stressed out? Not only does rose oil relieve depression and other negative emotions, it is excellent for your nerves. It can stop anxiety tremors and can calm panic attacks. It is the perfect aromatherapy to carry with you when giving a speech or going for an important interview.

Rose oil can be introduced into the body by direct application, bath soaks, steam inhalation, direct application, and can even be eaten or drank. There are many books that can be found both online and offline that give DIY recipes and instructions for various things made from rose oil such as facial creams, lotions and tonics, skin spritzes, perfumes, bath oil and salts soaks, and even food and drink recipes too. One such book that gives instructions on various healing oil recipes is “Essential Oils for Healing: The Ultimate Guide to the Miraculous Healing Qualities of Essential Oils.

Indeed the scent of the rose is sweet and the scent of rose oil…even sweeter. But the sweetest thing of all might just be the healing qualities that it possesses. Rose essential oil does so many things, the main question is…what does it NOT do?

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