Rose is the flower for June.
The Essential Oil of Rose 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, Phenyl Acetaldehyde, Phenylmenthyl Acetate and Phenyl Geraniol.
Emotionally, Rose Oil is helpful during times of stress. It is considered the choice oil for use during times of grief. People who have Post Traumatic Shock Disorder (PTSD) say that it can be helpful to alleviate varying levels of anxiety. When used in low concentrations, Rose Oil be helpful for insomnia. and it can take away a headache. Rose Oil is also considered an aphrodisiac.
Therapeutically, Rose Oil is heralded for nurturing maturing skin and for its use with menstruation, menopause and hormonal issues for women.
This article looks at two types of Rose Oil; Rose Otto and Rose Absolute. Both are beautiful, intoxicating oils, but there are some differences between the two.
Rose Otto is the preferred oil for topical aromatherapy applications because Rose Absolute may contain trace amounts of residual solvent. However, Rose Otto is more costly than the absolute because it takes significantly more rose petals to produce Rose Otto than it does to produce the absolute.
Aromatically, Rose Otto is a bit lighter and does not possess the hearty, intense aroma that Rose Absolute traditionally has. Having said that, Rose Otto is still quite concentrated and a little goes a long way.
Rose Absolute is often favored by fragrance formulators and perfumists for its fragrance, aromatic strength and lower cost than the Otto. For diffusion, natural perfumery and room fragrancing applications, Rose Absolute is the way to go.
Although research on rose oil's health effects is limited, studies suggest that the essential oil may be useful for the following: