With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I found myself thinking about Rose today and the special place it holds in Aromatherapy.
Historical accounts about Rose go back way and there is a wealth of information to be found on the myths, folklore and history of this beautiful flower. Records of its use in medicine go back to the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese, while it was also a favourite of perfumers. Certainly, this points to it having a history of being used both for physical and emotional purposes.
When we look at the use of Rose essential oil in aromatherapy today we see it recommended for conditions of the body, mind and spirit.
Skin Care: thread veins, dry, mature and sensitive skin and wrinkles
Circulation, Muscles and Joints: Poor circulation and palpitations
Respiratory System: Asthma, coughs and hay fever.
Digestive System: Nausea
Reproductive System: Irregular menstruation, leukorrhea, menorrhagia and uterine disorders.
It is said to have aphrodisiac, relaxing and anti-depressant properties. Being soothing to the emotions it is often used in cases of anxiety, depression, nervous tension and stress-related disorders. It can also be helpful when one is dealing with anger, anxiety, sadness, disappointment and heartache.
It has long been associated with both unconditional love and Divine Love.
Energetically the gentleness of rose brings a feeling of optimism and hope. Gently breathing in its aroma can bring a sense of peace and calm and it is from this place that we are able to surrender and let go of our negative emotions.
I have successfully used Rose Otto (Rosa x damascene Herrm – the steam distillation of Damask Rose) for many different purposes from the physical to the emotional, to the spiritual. I have also combined it with Rose de Mai (Rosa x centifolia L – produced as an absolute from the Cabbage Rose) and other ingredients to create wonderful heart opening and luxuriant perfumes.
In perfumery, steam distilled Rose Otto is considered to be a middle note while, depending on the natural perfumer, you will find the absolute classified anywhere between a middle to a base note. One thing everyone agrees on is that it has a very high odour intensity, so a little can go a long way. It can sometimes take some skilful blending to ensure that the aroma does not overtake the whole blend, but added in the right proportions the results are stunning.
As my Valentine’s Gift to you, here are a couple of simple blends with Rose for you to try, or gather inspiration from.