Rose Oil was historically extracted via steam. There are two varieties of rose used commercially; Rosa Damascena and Rosa centifolia. It has a very complicated chemical make up consisting of over 300 known constituents (86% of the whole) which remaining 14% made up of compounds. Damascus roses are the preferred variety because they have the strongest fragrance. They are also believed to be the original red rose. They also have the highest oil content.
Romans made extensive use of roses during banquets, adorning statues and to protect them from drunkenness. Aphrodite asked Hector’s body to be embalmed with Rose essential oil. The Greeks venerated the Rose. Egyptians used roses and rose essences in religious ceremonies. In AD 200 Atheneus recorded that rose petals were strewn 8″ deep when Cleopatra welcomed Mark Anthony to increase his desire. The rose is prized through history for it’s sweetness and soothing nature of the scent. It was introduced to Europes early on and monasteries grew them for medicinal purposes. The French are famous for their Rose water and Rose Oil. 5 tonnes of Rose petals are need to extract 1kg of oil.
Rose Oil is known to aid physical ailments, especially gynacholigical issues, however its most powerful attributes are mental/emotional. It is a powerful tonic that can be used on the skin to aid dry, sensitive or ageing areas by treating circulation.
Why Tabitha includes it
It is used to help repair hair that has been overexposed to the sun or a toxic lifestyle. It is a good source of natural retinol Vitamin A which has anti-ageing properties and locks in moisture. It will enhance natural resilience and elasticity of hair whilst supporting shine and volume.