Rose Absolute Essential Oil
Jan 30, 2017
Benefits of Rose Essential Oil
Scientific studies reveal Rose Absolute to be effective for emotions, hormones, headaches, and sexuality. This is why you want to apply it to your body as part of a lotion or oil every day.
- Soothes and strengthens the heart during heartbreak or grief, intense stress and depression
- Helps uplift emotions of depression, postpartum depression & aging
- Promotes a calming effect on the central nervous system
- Balances hormones for reduced cramps, menopausal symptoms & mood swings
- Increased libido and sexual function in men
- Helpful for some allergies, headaches & migraines
- Powerhouse in daily regimens for skin, beauty, and emotional stability
The rose is perhaps the most respected and widely recognized of all the floral aromas...it is timeless! As you read futher, you will understand why it has been revered for its physical and emotional healing properties since ancient Egypt.
Rose at once symbolizes and helps the heart in both passion and sorrow. Love and heartbreak have been deeply connected thoroughout time, partly because the deeper you love, the deeper the pain when you are separated whether due to location, disagreements, or loss. The rose is the most popular flower sent in representation of love for Valentine’s Day, a Birthday, an Anniversary, or to surprise a lover. It can also, however, convey condolences when one is grieving. How many rose tattoos can you recall that use it as an expression of both love and remembrance? Rose absolute oil is produced from the Rosa damascena plant and has been known to fire up romance as well...think of a bed or bath with rose petals strewn across it to intoxicate with a deep, luscious scent.
There are two kinds of extraction methods for Rosa damascena used interchangeably: Rose otto is extracted by steam distillation; Rose absolute is extracted by a solvent extraction technique. They both vary in viscosity, color, price, and scent intensity (absolute is the scent that is most recognizable), but each are equally as important to use for different types of applications. In any form, a rose is a rose. Rose essential oil has been shown to have potential essential physical, mental and emotional health benefits.
For thousands of years, rose oil has been used for health & beauty and during times of stress, particularly while experiencing grief, to soothe the anxiety associated with it. In history, many physicians and healers have used it to help open the heart center to strengthen the heart. It is helpful in times of stress and grief as it can have a sedative quality to help soothe nerves, ease meltdowns from grief, and encourage emotional recovery.
Rose is exceptionally effective in beauty applications and for emotional resiliancy, that's why has remained so valued throughout time. When your emotional heartiness shines, that inner glow radiates through the skin in a way that others can clearly see. Combine that emotional sparkle with wrinkle soothing, skin repair and regenerative effects, and rose becomes an essential powerhouse in your daily beauty regimen.
Scientific Evidence Supporting Rose Absolute Oil:
1) “Several Pharmacological studies have been performed on R. damascena to evaluate their effects on the central nervous system (CNS). The effects of this plant on CNS are extensive. Ethanolic extract of the flowering tops of R. damascena has been shown to possess a potent depressant activity on CNS in mice. Some of these effects that evaluated are hypnotic, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, analgesic effects, and nerve growth.”
“One of the effects of R. damascena on central nervous system is its hypnotic effect. The ethanolic, aqueous and chloroformic extracts from R. damascena were used for hypnotic effect in mice. The ethanolic and aqueous extracts in doses of 500 and 1000 mg/kg significantly increased the pentobarbital induced sleeping time in mice which was comparable to diazepam.”
2) A combination blend of aromatherapy using rose oil* in high risk postpartum women showed positive results against depression. A pilot study was published in 2012 in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, an international journal addressing research of complementary therapies in clinical settings, which gave high risk postpartum women a 2.5% solution of rose & lavender oil aromatherapy twice a week for four weeks showing significant improvement in postnatal depression and overall general anxiety.
3) “In the US, aromatherapy is the fastest growing of all complementary therapies amongst nurses.” In addition, it “has recently been recognized by the US State Boards of Nursing as a legitimate part of holistic nursing.” In one case study for depression by Jane Buckle, RN from the Department of Botanical Medicine and Psychology, Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, “Mrs. H was an 85 year old woman with depression. Many of her friends were dead and she lived in a nursing home a long way from her family who did not visit her often. She did not sleep well and was prone to hyperventilation and palpitations. Two drops of rose were inhaled on a facial tissue four times a day. Within 1 week she was smiling, sleeping better, and discussing how she could become involved with looking after the houseplants in the facility.”
4) Rose oil helps to regulate hormone balance. Hormones are messenger molecules that run through the bloodstream with their chemicals affecting how cells and organs do their job. They influence, for example, mood, energy levels, weight gain, PMS symptoms, menopause, immune response, sleep and overall physical processes. In the ancient medicinal art of India, called Ayurveda, rose, in all of its forms, can help to balance both the emotions and physical body at the same time. Rose is therefore revered in this medicine for the healing effects it can have on balancing hormones, health and digestive system...all highly influenced by roller coaster emotions.
In fact, a study was done in 2006 on college students who used rose oil, in combination with a base oil of almond oil, with lavender & clary sage to relieve the discomfort of moderately painful menstrual cramps. The oils were used topically and showed a significantly lowered pain level in the group using the essential oil blend, versus only almond oil or nothing at all.
Another study in 2008 had menopausal women receive weekly massages with rose, rose geranium, jasmine and lavender, finding that they began to experience significantly reduced menopausal symptoms as compared with women who did not.
5) Increased libido and sexual function in men. Consistent use of Rose Essential Oil over an 8-week period of time showed a decrease in depression and an increase in sexual function in males suffering from major depressive disorder and taking SSRIs (antidepressants). Taking antidepressants can have a negative effect on sexual performance by causing a lower libido, impairment in arousal, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejeculation, and inability to orgasm.
"This double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled clinical trial showed that the administration of R. damascena oil ameliorates sexual dysfunction in male patients suffering from both MDD and SSRI-I SD. Further, the symptoms of depression reduced as sexual dysfunction improved."
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treat. This information is based on research and knowledge by the author, and the ideas are not intended as substitute for medical advice. As with any products it is suggested that you check with your medical practitioner prior to use. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any products mentioned herein.