Rose's are a favourite of mine. My Grandma's garden was full of them. I would play with my sisters making potions and perfumes using the petals. My Grandma always smelled of Rose too. After our bath, she would cover us in rose powder - the scent is always comforting for me.
The rose has been a flower in Ayurveda, before many other flowers. The ayurvedic text explains that by adorning the qualities of rose and the essential oil extracted from it, we can balance our Sadhaka Pitta - the fire that controls our emotions, and the effect they have on our hearts. It’s no wonder it’s a favourite of Lord Krishna, the god of compassion, tenderness and love.
In Sanskrit it is known as Satapatri, meaning ‘one hundred petals’. Ayurvedic philosophers have documented the use of rose petals, rose essential oil, rose vinegar, rose water and Gulkand (sweet preserved rose petals) in the treatment of mental problems, gynecological disorders, and as an aphrodisiac.
Rose essential oil as an aromatherapy remedy:
- Anxiety (the soothing properties of the oil helps to calm moods and relax stress levels)
- Menopausal symptoms (rose essential oil has been shown to regulate hormone production, and helps maintain balanced levels)
- Menstrual cramps (the oil can relax the body, relieving the spasms)
- Reduces Stress
- Stimulates circulation
- Sharpens memory
- Boosts mood
- Enhances libido
How to use your essential oil:
- Take a rose oil bath (dilute 10 drops of rose essential oil per 30ml carrier oil)
- Inhale using a diffuser (defuse in the morning to promote energy and vitality, defuse in the evening to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, or defuse anytime you want to feel romantic).
- Dab lightly on chest, wrists, and neck (don’t forget to dilute)
The benefits of using rose essential oil for skin:
Use a rose hip oil, or add a few drops of rose essential oil to your favourite moisturiser or carrier oil (10 drops per 30ml). Look for pure, preferably organic, cold-pressed oils. Some good retailers in the UK are: Florihana and Fragrant Earth
Recommended carrier oils:
Oily/acne-prone skin grape seed or hemp seed oil. Look for oil with linoleic acid. Grapeseed is easily absorbed, known for combating acne, and helps reduce oil production. Hemp seed oil is also high in linoleic acid and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Dry skin - safflower or sweet almond oil. Safflower oil helps hydrate your skin, it also contains linoleic acid to help with acne. Sweet almond is a good moisturizing oil for dry skin, it helps remove dead skin cells, relieves itching, and soothes inflammation.
Very dry skin coconut or olive oil. Both of these can clog your pores, which is why they’re typically used on the body, but both oils can provide moisture and nourishment to dehydrated skin. Don't forget to exfoliate.
Ageing skin argan or rosehip oil. Both help to improve fine lines, smoothes textures, and combat signs of ageing.
All-types jojoba is great for all skin types. It's actually not an oil but a wax that is similar to the natural sebum we produce. It's good for both dry and oily skin types. And helps conditions such as acne or eczema.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the benefits of rose, and enjoy indulging with it - I like to take a bath with mine. If you ever get to Rajasthan and visit a little place called Pushkar, visit the essential oil shop there, and collect some Pushkar Rose - it’s the most beautiful rose scent I have ever had the pleasure to smell.