31 Jan 2008

Rose Oil

Rose oil or rose otto as it is also called, is one of the most expensive essential oils. It has a long lasting fragrance and has a high odor intensity so very little is required.

It is obtained by steam distillation. It takes approximately 125lbs (57kg) rose petals to produce 1oz (28g) rose otto oil. The total yield of oil will depend upon the weather, time of the harvest, condition of the flowers and the method of distillation. A less expensive rose absolute is extracted with solvents. The best rose otto oil is said to come from Bulgaria and Turkey.

Rose oil relaxes and strengthens, imparting a feeling of calm and well being. It relieves stress related conditions, lifts the spirits and is used in treating grief, hysteria or depression. It eases the discomfits of PMS and menopause.

Rose oil is used in many commercial skin care products as it is anti-inflammatory, nontoxic, nonirritating, soothing and suitable for sensitive and aging skin.

In the home, rose oil can be put in the bath, added to massage oil and homemade skin care recipes, sprinkled on pot pourri and pomanders and put in a burner. Said to have aphrodisiac qualities it's perfume can also boost the libido.

NOTE: Although a very safe oil it should not be used during early pregnancy.

Pure rose essential oil can become solid in cold weather. If this happens roll the bottle around in your hand for a few minutes, or put it in some warm water, and it will liquefy.


Face and Neck Oil

2 drops rose otto oil
1 drop frankincense oil
1 tsp / 5ml rosehip oil
1 tsp / 5ml apricot kernal

Mix put in small dark medicine bottle. Massage a few drops in to face and neck after bath.

Beat the Wrinkles Mature Skin Cream
From Therapy Essence

1 1/2 tbsps/ 25ml plain base cream
1 tsp / 5ml wheatgerm oil
1 tsp / 5ml Evening Primrose Oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops petitgrain essential oil
3 drops rose otto essential oil

Blend the oils well into the cream and store in an airtight glass jar (preferably made of dark coloured glass). Apply regularly to the face and neck - morning and night.

Eczema Relief Massage Oil

2 drops roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop rose otto essential oil
1 tbsp / 15ml grapeseed oil
1 tsp / 5ml calendualar oil

Blend oils together. Massage the oil into the affected areas.
Alternatively add 2 drops each of roman chamomile, lavender and rose otto essential oils to a warm bath and soak the affected area for about 10 minutes. A handful of baking soda can also be added to the water to relieve itching.

Love Oil
From MakeYourCosmetics
Submitted by HBN Founder & President Donna Maria

Set your Valentine's Day or any other romantic occassion on fire with this 100% pure aromatic concoction.

1 tbsp grapeseed oil
2 drops sandalwood essential oil
2 drops clary sage essential oil
1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop 1 drops rose essential oil
1 tsp Vitamin E (optional, to extend shelf life)

Combine essential oils together in a small bottle and allow to mellow together for 2-3 days. Shake the blend a bit a few times daily. Add the essential oils to the grapeseed oil and Vitamin E. Shake gently to mix. You can double this recipe. Even though it may not seem like it calls for a lot of essential oil, the oils used a quite powerful and only a little is needed. You can substitute other oils but grapeseed tends not to stain sheets. To use, apply Love Oil to damp skin after bathing to infuse a lovely, natural, subtle aroma into the skin. Of course having someone massage the oil for you is even better! Enjoy!

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Princess Haiku said...

Rose oil is absolutely the best.

There is a perfume rose farm near me and this year I hope to tour it when the roses are ready. I did a blog on it last year. Will look for a link to it for you. Hope all is well with you. Haven't been online consistently this winter due to health concerns. And so now I have the pleasure of visiting my blog friends after a lapse.

Ankur Tandon said...

Hi, We are the producer of rose oil. The seasons are (February to April) and (August to October)

The variety here is : Rosa Damascena.

Anytime, you can visit : Rose Oil

Roy said...

Hi Jackie,

I read that pure rose oil has a measurable electrical frequency of 320Mhz the highest of all oils.