Oh, well, just writing about love and being inspired by the rose, how can one not add an aromatherapy essential oil recipe to that?!! (I promise this will be the last Valentine Flavored article for the year)
Rose is named the most romantic flower, and for good reasons of course. Rose has been used and celebrated for ages for its romantic fragrance, it’s uplifting nature and its ability to charm a lover’s heart and more. While its romantic notions are most well known, rose also has the ability to create a sense of well-being & optimism where there was depression, irritability or sadness before.
Beyond these aphrodisiac, anti-depressant, balancing properties, the aromatherapy essential oil of rose (also called rose otto) is also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent. Great for your skin; in particular, use it for swollen or irritated skin.
So, while rose has a distinct feminine character, rose is not just for women. It is very OK for men to use as well…
In the Fragonard parfume factories in Grasse, in the South of France last year I learned that it takes an enormous amount of flower pedals to make rose oil. This makes pure rose essential oil very expensive. Therefore, rose is most often found in a carrier oil of jojoba, which makes it suitable for direct applications on the skin. Personally, I love it as a face refresher and have it as a mist. It can be used as a massage oil or bath oil.
In general rose blends well with jasmine, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang, geranium and frankincense. In other words, it blends well with a range of other supremely delicious fragrances….
Rose Oil Recipes
Let me offer you some essential aromatherapy oil blends along with some specific applications.
Luxurious Rose Perfume
Put a few drops of oil directly behind the ears, in the neck, on the heart, or on the pulse. Gently massage it in. Simple and effective.
‘Rejoice’ – Melancholy Lifting Rose Bath
Just add 15 drops of rose oil to a full bath tub. Soak and rejoice.
‘Sensual’ – Body Massage Aromatherapy Oil Blend
Start with a bottle of 30 ml unscented massage oil. Add 10-15 drops of rose with 3 drops of ylang ylang. For a stronger blend, add a few more drops of each. Ylang ylang is strong and should be used sparingly so that it does not overpower.
‘Beat the Blues’ – Body Massage Aromatherapy Oil Blend
Try this to combat feelings of sadness, depression, premenstrual or menopausal problems: add 10 drops of rose and 10 drops of neroli essential oil in a 30 ml unscented carrier oil.
The official name of the species from which rose oil is made is ‘Rosa damascena’.
Some notes re. pregnancy and essential oil use: In general, do not use any essential oils during the first trimester of your pregnancy, and dilute all oils by half at other times of your pregnancy. Rose oil is actually beneficial during pregnancy as it is said to balance the reproductive systems. However, it should only be used after 6 months, as rose oil is an emmenagogues, meaning that it induces menstrual flow. Consult your retailer for specific usage instructions and care.
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