Rose is in the rose family of botanical plants. Now there are lots of roses but have you noticed that the roses you buy today do not smell? That’s because they are bred for beauty and shelf life and they actually do not produce an essential oil. In fact only two roses produce a quality essential oil. The damask rose (Rosa damascena) is the one that has been distilled since the 16th century for its finest oil. Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century states that
“Rose strengthens any potion or ointment or any other medication when it is added to it.”
We know that this oil carries the highest frequency or vibration and when added to any other blend of oils, raises the total healing vibration of that blend. The Arab physician, Avicenna studied the healing power of rose at length and produced a whole book on it. Most likely, he was the first one to actually distill rose oil. Prior to that, rose water was produced by enfleurage, a process of pressing the petals along with a vegetable oil to extract the essence.
Traditionally, rose oil and rose water have been used for thousands of years for skin care. Evidence can be found for its use in ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Greece and Rome. Rose enhanced other treatments for the body and soul. This flower through the ages has been used especially for women with the Greeks referring to it as the “Queen of flowers.” The Virgin Mary has been referred to in the mystical tradition as the “Rose,” the “Mystic Rose,” the “Queen of the Most Holy Rose Garden,” and the “Holy Rose.” All of these are images of Mary as the Queen of all Heaven and Earth.
How Can Real Rose Oil Help Us Today?
Rose oil is excellent treatment for skin conditions including scarring and wrinkles. It has a cleansing and toning effect on the uterus and is helpful for menopausal symptoms. It is also used in the treatment of infertility and frigidity in women and to increase sperm count in men. It gives a sense of security and spiritual attunement, balancing and elevating the mind. It is an oil for the heart, keeping this emotional center open. It reduces depression and anger and eases sorrow, bringing harmony and comfort. Rose vibrates with the energy of universal, unconditional love and giving. It eases the sorrow of the soul, bringing harmony and comfort. It is gentle yet euphoric. For emotional healing, use rose to encourage contentment, devotion, inner vision, happiness, inner freedom, acceptance, completeness, patience, love, sensuality, and purity. this essential oil mixes well with jasmine, neroli, geranium, sandalwood, lemon, amber, Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, petitgrain, bergamot.
This oil may be diffused or used topically on the body. It can be used to anoint any of the energy centers or used on the healer’s hands and run through the energy field to balance and clear the energy. As for safety issues, rose oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Want to learn more about the healing properties of rose and other essential oils? Consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit. The Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy is offering courses throughout the United States on essential oils including rose oil.