Rose Attar: Rosa damascena
Production method: Water and steam distilled.
History: The Greeks and Romans used the petals to cover floors, baths were filled with rose petals, and roses were scattered at feasts and beneath chariot wheels.
Rose water was first prepared by Avicenna in the 10th century, and essential oil of rose was discovered between 1582 and 1612. An enchanting story is told of the discovery of rose oil:
At the wedding feast of Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal and Shalimar Gardens for his wife, a canal circling the whole garden was dug and filled with water and rose petals. The heat of the sun separated the water from the essential oil of rose. The bridal pair observed this when they were rowing on the fragrant water, and it was later found to be an exquisite perfume.
Storage: Rose crystallizes when cold, but will liquefy at room temperature with no ill effects.
Thereaputic Uses: Rose is an excellent topical analgesic, which helps to relieve pain, and is also called anodyne, or local or topical anesthetic. Use a cotton ball and apply directly to the site (good for ulcers and boils), use a hot or cold compress for sprains or menstrual pain, or blend with a base oil and massage into the temples and neck for headaches.
Lack of concentration and depression (post natal): Rose is a wonderful antidepressant, which counteracts an absence of cheerfulness or diminishing functioning activity. Add 2-3-drops to a bath blend or use in a diffuser.
Athlete's Foot: Despite its pleasant aroma, rose is an effective antifungal, which destroys or suppresses the growth or reproduction of bacteria, fungi, and microbes. Use a hot compress or apply directly.
Oily skin, capillaries (fragile), insect bites and stings, sores, and swelling: Rose is an effective astringent, which contracts tissues. It makes them denser, firmer, and decreases discharges. Use as a compress with floral water or facial water.
Period pain and dysmenorrhea: Rose is an emmenagogue, which tones the female reproductive organs and regulates the menstrual flow. Prepare a massage lotion and massage into painful area or use a hot compress over abdomen.
Sleeplessness, headaches, insomnia, and migraines: Rose is a sedative, which calms and tranquilizes the nerves. Use rose on a cotton ball under the pillow, on a candle, or on a radiator. An inhalation can also be helpful.
Household Uses:Rose oil is a lovely addition to butter, syrup, jam, and honey. Rose water is used in deserts, pastries, and cakes.
Perfumery: When 100 perfumers selected a standard for a floral aroma, rose was the one chosen. Rose oil has a warm, deep floral, slightly spicy, rich, honey-like odor. Rose is a very popular fragrance in many cosmetics and creams, as well as perfumes, toilet preparations, lozenges, and toothpaste.
Oils That Blend Well With Rose: Rose blends well with anise Pimpinella anisum, benzoin Styrax benzoin, bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia, black pepper Piper nigrum, fennel Foeniculum vulgare, geranium Pelargonium graveolens, ginger Zingiber officinale, immortelle Helichrysum angustifolium, jasmine Jasminum officinale, neroli Citrus aurantium var. amara, orris root Iris germanica, patchouli Pogostemon cablin, sandalwood Santalum album, vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides, and ylang ylang Cananga odorata.
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