Benefits and Uses of Rose Oil

Rose essential oil, which is created through a simple process of steam distillation, has been used to treat health conditions and used in natural beauty treatments for thousands of years.

Research shows that rose oil can improve acne, balance hormones, relieve anxiety, improve depression, and reduce rosacea and naturally increase libido.

 

Benefits:

1. Rose Oil Improves Depression

A perfect example of how beneficial Rose oil can be is seen in how it affects depression. As our ancestors battled situations where their mental status was dampened, or otherwise impaired, they would have been naturally drawn to the pleasant sights and smells of the flowers that surrounded them. I have never seen a person take a whiff of a powerful rose and not smile; instead, they remark how incredible and uplifting it is.

The journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice recently published a study that set out to prove these types of natural reactions to rose aromatherapy clinically. With a subject group of 28 postpartum women, the researchers separated them into two groups: one who would be treated with 15-minute sessions of a 2.5 percent solution of rose/ lavender oil aromatherapy twice a week for four weeks, and a control group.

Their results were quite remarkable. Not only was it discovered that the women experienced a significant decrease in postnatal depression scores, they also reported marked improvement in general anxiety disorder!

How to use rose oil for depression: If you’re ever feeling anxious or down in the dumps, try putting five drops of rose and five drops of lavender in a diffuser by your nightstand before bed. Hopefully you will wake up renewed and at peace!

2. Rose Oil for Skin Health

There are many qualities of rose essential oil that make it beneficial for skin. The antimicrobial and aromatherapy benefits alone are good reason to put a few drops in your DIY lotions and creams.

In 2010, Chinese researchers published a study uncovering that rose oil exhibited one of the strongest bactericidal activities compared to 10 other oils. They also discovered that just after five minutes of a 0.25 percent dilution, Propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria responsible for acne) was completely destroyed!

How to use rose oil for acne: If you suffer from acne, try dabbing one drop of pure rose essential oil on blemishes three times a day. Make sure you use a sterile cotton swab; if the antimicrobial power is too much for you, dilute it slightly with some coconut oil. 

Another reason to use rose essential oil for skin health is because of its uncanny ability to increase your skin’s permeability!

As German scientists explained in a 2010 article, one of the most intriguing aspects of rose essential oil is that, “For substances applied in rose oil, a clear relationship between their lipophilic character, chemical structure, and skin permeation could be confirmed.”

Essentially, what this means is that when rose is added to your beauty and skin products, it opens up your skin to absorb more of the chemicals and nutrients.

Used to your advantage, this can be quite life-changing if you mix your own products and include only the best ingredients. On the other hand, if your products are filled with harmful ingredients, even if the manufacturer includes rose oil (as many do), you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to toxic chemicals!

3. Rose Oil for Libido & Hormone Health

Because it acts as an anti-anxiety agent, rose essential oil can greatly help men with sexual dysfunction related to performance anxiety and stress. It has also been reported that it can help balance sex hormones, which can contribute to increased sex drive.

How to use rose oil for libido: Many men and women who are planning a romantic evening will rub two drops of the following essential oils on their neck or diffuse them throughout the home or bedroom:

  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine
  • Ylang-ylang

Also, these oils can be combined with carrier oils — like jojoba, coconut or olive — and then give your spouse a therapeutic massage.

The essential oil of rose is extracted by steam distillation of fresh Damascus Rose (Rosa Damascena, as it is known among botanists) and is composed of hundreds of components, out of which the major contributors are citronellol, citral, carvone, citronellyl acetate, eugenol, ethanol, farnesol, stearpoten, methyl eugenol, nerol, nonanol, nonanal, phenylacetaldehyde, phenylmethyl acetate, and phenyl geraniol. Damascus Roses are the preferred variety because they are the most fragrant species and are believed to be the original red roses with the strongest aroma and highest oil content.

Researchers have confirmed that it contains these therapeutic compounds known to promote healing in the body:

  • Citronellol – effective mosquito repellant (also found in citronella).
  • Citral – strong antimicrobial that is necessary for Vitamin A synthesis (also found in lemon myrtle and lemongrass).
  • Carvone – effective digestive aid (also found in caraway and dill).
  • Citronellyl Acetate – responsible for the pleasant flavor and aroma of roses, which is why it’s used in many skin and beauty products.
  • Eugenol – powerhouse behind clove, the richest antioxidant in the world.
  • Farnesol – natural pesticide (also found in orange blossom, jasmine and ylang-ylang).
  • Methyl Eugenol – local antiseptic and anesthetic (also found in cinnamon and lemon balm).
  • Nerol – sweet-smelling aromatic antibiotic compound (also found in lemongrass and hops).
  • Phenyl Acetaldehyde – another sweet smelling and aromatic compound (also found in chocolate).
  • Phenyl Geraniol – natural form of geraniol, which is commonly used in perfumes and fruit flavorings.

1. Its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogic, cicatrizant, depurative, emmenagogue, hemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervine, stomachic, and a uterine substance are well documented. 

2. Rose essential oil can calm down a patient with high fever by sedating the inflammation. It can also be beneficial in other cases of inflammation caused by microbial infection, ingestion of poisonous materials, indigestion, and dehydration.

3. Rose oil helps to treat wounds.  It has been found to be better at treating wounds then ordinary antiseptic lotions, in large part due to its healing scent, known as aromatherapy. Topically applying rose oil to wounds helps to protect them from becoming septic and developing infections.

4. Rose essential oil efficiently relieves spasms in the respiratory system and intestines, as well as muscular spasms in various limbs. It also helps cure convulsions, muscle pulls, cramps and spasmodic cholera caused due to spasms.

5. Getting protected from viruses or getting yourself vaccinated against all of them is a tough task since some of them continue to mutate and trick our immune system, like an old friend who gives you a cold or influenza. The solution to this is to use an antiviral agent that behaves as a shield against any type of virus. Rose essential oil is one such shield, and studies have shown that it protects against many types of infections.

6. From Cupid himself to modern day high-tech lovers, everyone knows how indispensable roses are in the romantic department. The basic element is the essential oil of the flower. The very scent of it can arouse you, and it boosts the libido while invoking romantic feelings, which are essential for a successful sex life. This can reduce symptoms of sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, and general disinterest in sexual activity with partners.

7. The astringent property of rose oil has many benefits. It strengthens gums and hair roots while toning and lifting skin and contracting muscles, intestines, and blood vessels. It protects against the untimely loss of teeth and hair, development of wrinkles, the loss of firmness of intestines and muscles of the abdominal area and limbs associated with aging. Above all, rose essential oil helps stop the flow of blood from wounds and cuts by contracting the blood vessels. This astringent property can also stop certain types of diarrhea. 

8. It is a good bactericide. It can be used in the treatment of diarrhea, typhoid, food poisoning, cholera, and other diseases, which are caused by bacteria. Furthermore, it can treat internal bacterial infections like those in the colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract, as well as external infections on the skin, ears, eyes, and wounds.

9. It is a skin care must have.  It helps the skin recover from acne, boils, and pox.  This includes the fading of stretch marks, surgery scars, and fat cracks associated with pregnancy and delivery. Much of this is due to the antioxidant activity of rose essential oil, which spurs on the healing processes of the skin.

10. Rose essential oil purifies the blood by helping in the removal and neutralization of toxins. By purifying your blood and removing the toxins, you are helping to protect yourself from boils, rashes, ulcers, and skin diseases, as well as serious conditions that free radicals can cause, like cancer and heart diseases. 

11. Rose oil eases menstruation.  It stimulates the hormone secretions, which trigger menstruation. It is particularly effective for those suffering from obstructed and irregular menses. It also eases cramps, nausea, and fatigue while reducing the pain associated with menstruation and post-menopausal syndrome.

12. It helps prevent excessive bleeding due to its property of the essential oil of rose can be very useful for people suffering from hemorrhaging (bleeding, external or internal) after an injury or surgery. This speeds up clotting and coagulation of blood and stops excessive bleeding.

13. Rose essential oil is good for the health of your liver. It keeps it strong, properly functioning, and protected from infections. It also treats problems like the excess flow of bile, acids, and ulcers.

14. Rose oil helps to prevent toxicity due to its laxative properties.  There cannot be a laxative with a better scent than this, which is an ironic benefit for a laxative. It can serve as a harmless and effective laxative with a beautiful smell causing no adverse side effects. It also influences the intestinal and anal muscles to help clear bowels. This helps in losing weight and preventing excessive toxicity in the body.

15. It is amazing for relieving anxiety.  Rose essential oil acts as a tonic for the nerves. It gives them the strength to bear shock and protects them from disorders resulting from age and injuries.

16. It helps to reduce stomach disorders. Rose oil is a stomachic as well. It soothes the stomach, sedates inflammation, helps it function properly, and protects it from infections. It also protects you from ulcers, which often develop due to overproduction and release of acids into the stomach. Excessive acid can lead to heartburn, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome, excess gas, impacted bowels, and bloating.

17. Rose oil acts as a catalogue.  It promotes the flow of bile from the gallbladder and helps regulate the acid levels in the stomach and the blood, thus keeping you safe from problems such as acidity and acidosis. It also helps in the digestion, together with the acids secreted into the stomach. Improved digestion can reduce the chances of constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and even serious conditions like colorectal cancer.

18. Rose essential oil can take care of many feminine problems such as uterine discharge, tumors, bleeding, and irregular menses. It purifies the uterus as well and keeps it functioning properly even in the advanced age, thereby helping to delay menopause. By regulating menstruation, it is possible to eliminate the associated symptoms and problems of menstruation, including mood swings, hormonal imbalance, overeating, and bloating, cramping, and excessive bleeding.

Other Benefits:

It regulates hormone production and helps balance them. It is one of the best oils to give you shining, fresh, and youthful skin. The aroma keeps you charged and feeling happy. It promotes circulation, takes care of the heart, reduces blood pressure, and helps cure headaches, asthma, dehydration, leucorrhea, and other infections.

Word of Caution: It can eliminate headaches if used in mild concentrations, but its strong aroma can do just the opposite if a very high concentration is used. Being an emmenagogue, it should not be used during pregnancy, since there is no definite evidence of whether the effects of rose essential oil can be transferred to the fetus. It could possibly cause a miscarriage if taken in excess, so be careful before using it.         

 

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