Aromatherapy Alternatives: Rose

( Rosa damascena )

Therapy Connections are Flower Remedies, Herbalism, and Ayurveda.

Buy rose oil only from a reputable source. Because the oil is so expensive to make, its purity may be compromised. Rose oil target ailments such as Insomnia, anxiety, depression, nervous, diminished sex drive, loss of appetite, nausea, menstrual pain, cough: hay fever, sore throats, mouth ulcers, skin problems, eye and eyelid complaints ( rose water only ). Side effects ( none expected ).
Most of the rose oil used in Aromatherapy is produced from two types of rose. They are slightly in color and fragrance, but have the similar properties and uses. The petals and stamens are used to produce the oil, which have a pale yellow green, oily in texture, and strongly scented. Rose water, also believed to have medicinal properties, is a by product of this distillation process. The oil is used externally to treat a wide variety of disorders, including respiratory infections, liver congestion, sensitive skin, broken capillaries, nausea, and stress. It is said to have antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and sedative properties and is considered a tonic for the heart, liver, stomach, and uterus. Rose water can be used as a gargle and rinse for sore throats and mouth ulcers. Cotton balls can be soaked in the rose water and placed over the eyes to relieve fatigue and irritation. Rose oil can be used in a diffuser to scent a room, sprinkled on a tissue and inhaled, or worn as a perfume, in your bath water.
Rose oil will blend well with most oils. Clary sage oil, lavender, sandalwood, geranium, bergamont, patchouli, yang yang.
Aids with headaches, earache, conjunctivitis, coughs, hay fever, broken veins, aging wrinkled skin, soothes cracked chapped sensitive dry inflamed allergy prone skin, stops bleeding, encourages wound healing.
Caution do not use during the first three months of pregnancy and not at all if there is a history of miscarriage.


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