This Rose otto essential oil has light, floral top notes followed by sweet nectar-like and ripe stone fruit middle notes all underpinned by a distinctly musty and slightly wooded undertone. It blends well with: Jasmine, Orange (sweet, Mandarin, Petitgrain), Geranium, Bergamot, Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Chamomile (both German and Roman), Balsam, Clove and Palmarosa.
For all therapeutic uses, we highly recommend this Rose Otto. For simple aromatic uses and perfumery, where a true Rose flower aroma is desired, we recommend the Absolute.The Rose Absolute is the deeper of the two aromas. It carries a middle note (rather than a high note), but both are beautiful and complex.
Exalted in literature and mythology, the rose has been considered sacred since ancient times – its blossom is a symbol of beauty, love, youth, perfection and immortality. In Greek mythology, the rose is said to have sprung from Adonis, the Turks believe it sprang from the blood of Venus and according to Islam, the rose blossomed from the sweat of Mohammed.
In addition to its spiritual and mythological importance, rose has also been known for its therapeutic properties. Rose essential oil was first distilled by the Arabic physician Avicenna, who wrote an entire book on its plethora of healing properties. In traditional Chinese medical practice, Rose has a cool, moist nature and therefore is very useful for conditions relating to excess heat and inflammation. Rose promotes balance and harmony and aids in fully opening the heart.
The scent of the rose was an extensive topic in Pliny’s Natural Senses and was highly praised in ancient Sanskrit texts. In ancient Rome, rose and rosewater were used in festivals and banquets, strewn along the floors and streets and worn in garlands. They were also important in wedding and funeral ceremonies. In a Chinese manuscript, Li Shin-Chen describes rose as having a cooling nature and medicinal action “upon the liver, stomach, and blood. It drives away melancholy”.1
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Antidepressant, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Bactericidal, Deodorant, Emmenagogue, Haemostatic, Sedative, Stomachic, Tonic
- Cooling and soothing effects – its scent will “take us into an unknown world and disperses the shadows of our worries, anxieties, and sorrows”
- Can reduce high blood pressure and exhibits anti-anxiety effects
- “The rose, queen of flowers...It refreshes the soul; its fragrant poetry brings joy to the heart”
From The Art of Aromatherapy2:
- Purges and cleanses the vascular and digestive systems
- One of the most antiseptic essential oils
- Excellent for mature, dry, or inflamed skin
Application and Use
Rose essential oils are non-toxic, non-irritants and non-sensitizing. Please consult a doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding and prior to ingesting any essential oil.
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Tisserand, Robert. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs. Healing Arts Press, 1994.