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Rose oil is essentially a sedative and this property has it classified as base note oil. Like all base note oils, rose oil is heavy in texture and weight and evaporates slowly when put on surfaces like paper or skin. The effect of application and usage of rose oil (mixed in carrier oil or along with a suitable top and middle note oil) lasts for almost a week.
Rose used in the making of essential oils is Rosa damascena, which grows in Turkey, Iran, India and China. There is one more species called Rosa centifolia mainly found growing in France, Egypt and Morocco that is used for the extraction of the oil used for therapeutic purposes.
Rose oil is extracted from either of the two varieties, applying any one of the methods of distillation, solvent extraction or carbon dioxide extraction. All the three methods are labor intensive in nature and they all require large quantities of rose petals to obtain a few drops of rose oil and this makes the oil very expensive.
So what purpose does this very expensive oil serve? Rose oil is one of the most versatile base oils. I have listed below some of the benefits that may be had and the situations and conditions when one is to use rose oil.*
1. Rose oil is an effective sedative and may benefit insomniacs and light sleepers
2. Rose oil lends itself beautifully towards relieving spasms of the respiratory system, intestines and muscular spasms in limbs.
3. Rose oil has the aroma known to ward off depression, especially for those persons whose root cause is anxiety. It is known to boost self-esteem and create feelings of joy and hope.
4. It is known to be a powerful aphrodisiac as it boosts libido and arouses feelings of romance.
5. Rose oil entails hepatic benefits for liver complaints such as enlarged and sluggish liver, jaundice, etc. It works as a liver tonic and helps regulate bile production and keeps the liver free from infections.
6. Rose oil is often used in holistic health therapies as a tonic for the nerves and reduces episodes of essential tremors.