Rosa Damascena, known as Damask rose is mainly fromBulgaria. However,France,India,Morocco,Tunisiaand other Middle Eastern nations also contribute in production. This shrub grows up to 2.2 meters in height, the stems are stuffed with corpulent and curved prickle, and stiff bristles. Leaves are pinnate and generally have 5 leaflets. There are two varieties of this plant and they are summer Damasks and Autumn Damasks. This deciduous shrub is cultivated in hedgerows to protect the blooms from wind and help easy picking.
Rose oil is mainly oil extracted from the petals and is thick in nature. It is deep red in color and had soothing fragrance. Aroma is basically floral in nature and has a sweet feel to it. This oil blends nicely with Amyris, Lavender, citrus oils, Black pepper, Cedarwood, Germanium, etc.
Rose oil follows the extraction process of solvent extraction or often steam distillation. This method is used to keep natural benefits intact and the aroma as fresh as always. Also, this method of extraction keeps the medicinal benefits intact.
Rose oil consists of the following compositions and they are:
Phenyl ethanol (1.5-3%)
Geraniol and nerol (30-40%)
However, there are traces of nonanol, linalool, nonanal, citral, carvone and citrene
Medicinal use:- Rose oil is used to overcome depression and cure eczema. It also helps recovering frigidity, mature skin and often works wonder for menopause. It is a gentle tonic for heart.
Cosmetic use:- Rose oil is often used as fragrance for perfumery. It is also used in rose water for skin. It is there in massage oil, soaps and creams. Rose Absolute can be used directly on the skin as a perfumery.
Therapeutic use:- Rose oil is good to release stress and improves breathing rate. Rose oil helps overcome anxiety and helps feel calm and relaxed.