(Rosa damascena) It is the Bulgarian 'damask' Rose, cultivated since the 16th century, which is considered to produce the finest quality essence.
The aroma of this oil is full and rich, intoxicating and aphrodisiac. Rose may bring balance and harmony, perhaps helping one overcome insecurities. Rose can be elevating to the mind and spirit, being considered the essential oil of the 'highest vibration'.
Some 60,000 roses are needed to distill a single ounce of oil, or about 60 roses PER DROP, a fact which brings the seemly high cost of rose oil into perspective.
Rose oil is a gentle tonic for the heart, with the key to Rose's psychological properties being its effect on the center of emotional being. Rose calms and supports the heart, helping to nourish 'heart-yin' and restore a sense of well-being. The flower has been considered great in its ability to heal emotional wounds by bringing warmth to the soul.
Rose oil was first distilled by the Arabic Physician Avicenna, who wrote an entire book on its many healing properties. Rose makes a great skin oil for all skin types, and especially for dry, sensitive, or aging skin. Adding a very small amount of oil to a bath or other essential oil blends goes a long way to bringing it's fantastic qualities into one's life.
It's uplifting aroma will blend well with many other oils, including Jasmine, Sandalwood, Lavender, and Amber.
Information courtesy of http://www.anandaapothecary.com
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