Fragrant, symbolic, and long-lasting, there is nothing in this world that can compare to the beauty and magnificence that is the rose. It has a long, layered history as rich as its fragrance. The Romans believed roses could prevent drunkenness, so they would scatter the petals at banquets. St. Dominic believed the Virgin Mary had visited him and gave him the first rosary, which was made with rose-scented beads. In the Middle Ages, roses were used as an ingredient in various healing balms used to treat ailments like lung disease and asthma. Symbolically, the rose represents transcendent desire in Sufi tradition, divine love in Christian tradition, and also represents the Rosacrucian order. Touted as a very feminine oil, rose oil is excellent for skin care and emotional balance. It’s also very expensive: it takes 180 pounds of roses to make one ounce of rose oil. Therefore, it is not unusual to find it “cut” with another oil. The benefits are still in abundance, but the cost is more affordable!
Allergies, anger, anxiety, asthma, circulation, constipation, coughs, depression, digestive system, grief, hay fever, headaches, irregular menstruation, jealousy, libido, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, postnatal depression, resentment, scar tissue, skin care, sore throats, stress and vomiting.
Essential Oil Applications
For allergies and asthma, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water regularly.
To better bear anger, depression, grief, jealousy, and resentment, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.
To alleviate anxiety and nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on body, or add 8-10 drops in bath water.
To stimulate circulation, use 3-4 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.
For constipation, use 8-10 drops in bath water.
To fight off coughs and hay fever, use 8-10 drops in bath water. Can also mix 3-4 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.
To ease headache and migraine, use 3-4 drops in a hot or cold compress (whichever works best for you). Can also use 3-4 drops in a diffuser.
To restore libido, use 6-8 drops in a bath. Can also use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage on body.
To ease nausea and vomiting, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.
To alleviate postnatal depression, use 3-4 drops in a diffuser regularly. Can also mix 3-4 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil for regular body massages.
For overall skin care and to help soften scar tissue, mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage on body. Can also be mixed with water and applied to face; especially good for mature and/or sensitive skin.
Mixes Well With:
Enfleurage and solvent extraction.
Fresh flower heads.
Avoid during first four months of pregnancy.
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