Rose Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
True, unadulterated, and pure rose essential oil (Rosa damascena) is actually pretty hard to find. In almost all cases you will find a highly diluted oil, usually no more than 5% rose oil in a base of oil (or even alcohol), or a rose absolute. This is because of the high cost of extracting rose, an oil extraction through the steam distillation of its petals. (Did you know it takes 12,000 petals to produce one single 5ml bottle of rose oil??) Despite these obstacles it's still highly coveted and a much loved oil, both for its aroma and its benefits. Its true aroma is rich, floral, sensual, and oooooh so heavenly.
Rose is most commonly used for emotional balance and skin health, however throughout history rose oil uses have ranged from digestive to hormonal and almost anything in between, including immune, heart health, and more.
- Helps balance moisture levels in the skin
- Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections
- Promotes an even skin tone and healthy complexion
- Emotionally uplifting
Emotionally and energetically, rose oil benefits the heart as well. It's said to have the highest vibrational frequency of any other oil, and opens ones heart and soul to love and spiritual connection. In this way it may help a person dealing with fear, stress, or hard-heartedness, and even help to heal relationships with one's self and others.
How to Use Rose Essential Oil
Traditionally, rose essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Rose Essential Oil
Use with caution during pregnancy. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
NOTE: The aroma is very strong, and a quality brand will be very potent. Even though it's safe to use undiluted (neat), if your rose essential oil is not diluted you may choose to do so to stretch it further. As little as 1 drop in several tablespoon still imparts a strong aroma; a minimum ratio is generally 1:3 rose to carrier oil.
Popular Uses of Rose Essential Oil
- Apply one to two drops to face, neck, and décolletage. Follow with the moisturizer of your choice.
- Apply one drop directly to skin imperfections twice daily.
- Diffuse in the morning to promote energy and vitality.
- Rose oils benefits the limbic system when used aromatically. Consider massaging a small amount over the heart daily, inhaling from the hands afterward.
- Diffuse as desired, inhale from cupped hands, or massage a diluted drop (or less) into the reflex points of the feet daily for peace and relaxation.
Inspiration for Using Rose Essential Oil
Luxurious Rose Petal Bath Salts: Combine 1-1/2 cups Epsom Salt, 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, 1/4 Cup baking soda, 10 drops Rose essential oil and 1/2 cup dried rose petals (optional). Store in air tight container. (Have I mentioned I totally heart mason jars???)
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils