Rose Absolute, rosa damascena, also refered to as essential rose oil, is known best for its sensuous and intense sweet and floral rose fragrance. Rose oil absolute is an oil suitable for all skin types and is a cell rejuvenator, an antiseptic, and a anti-inflammatory. Rose oil is used in skin creams and lotions to soothe and heal various skin conditions, cuts, burns and to reduce swelling. Rose oil can be inhaled by asthmatics, and it relieves a variety of female problems including menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms. Sniffing the oil or using rose as a massage oil has been suggested to reverse impotency, but it's more likely to be used by women to lessen moodiness during menopause. The rose scent is definitely an aphrodisiac and is used to relieve stress and depression.
Some of you might be wondering if this is the same as an essential rose oil, and no, it's not. Rose absolute is produced by an entirely different process, that in the old days, was called enfleurage. Rose petals were placed directly into a glass tray, called a chassis, that was full of greasy fats. They soaked until the fat absorbed the rose oil. Then alcohol was used to remove the solids from the fat. What was left is called a concrete. Then the alcohol was removed by evaporation, and this material was the absolute. It could be mixed with other oils to produce perfumes, medicinals, etc. Today, the process is very similiar, but with modern equipment using CO2 to extract the rose oil. The process is alot like making decaffienated coffee. Rose petals can't be distilled with steam, as the rose oil is too delicate to withstand the heat and steam pressure, and would be destroyed. So the term essential rose oil, is not really accurate, as the term "essential" basically means "from distillation".
Rose oil absolute, rosa damascena, blends well with the following essential oils: geranium, patchouli, chamomile, ylang-ylang and vanilla essential oils.
Cautions - Non-toxic, non-irritant, nonsensitizing.
Rose oil properties - Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cicatrizant, emmenagogue, haemostatic, laxative, regulator of appetite, sedative (nervous), stomachic, tonic (heart, liver, stomach, uterus).