The Essence of Rose

I am in love with rose.  

Rose is called the 'Oil of Love', because its essence opens the heart and the mind. It is also referred to as the ’King of Flowers’, because of its supreme nature.  The essence of rose is timeless. History is imbued with stories of rose for medicine, love, spiritual awakenings, and symbolism in literature.

In aromatherapy school, my teacher told a story about Avicenna or Ibn-Sina (980 – 1037 AD), a famous physician, alchemist and philosopher credited as the first person to distill rose.  He attended a party in a castle surrounded by a moat laden with floating roses. Enchanted by the intoxicating aroma ascending from below he noticed a thin film of oil collecting on the surface of the water. Avicenna knew he could figure out how to capture this essence. His inventive mind developed the refrigerated coil to improve upon the crude distillation methods of extracting essential oils from plants. It was then that the art of distilling rose was born. Avicenna states in his great medical text, "The Canon of Medicine" dating from the 11th century, that the rose is beneficial for fainting and rapid heartbeats, and strengthens the brain by enhancing one's memory. He also stated that boiling rose water and exposing the head to its steam, has healing effects and is especially beneficial for eye diseases. It was commonly used to treat stomach pain, ulcers, liver and mouth diseases, and also sore throats.

Rose essential oil is expensive, rare, and precious. It takes approximately 4 tons of roses equal to 1,600,000 rose blossoms to produce 1 kg of rose essential oil. Moss Botanicals uses Rosa damascena from the Rosaceae family. It is organically grown, hand harvested at sunrise, and then steam distilled when making Rose otto and solvent extracted when producing Rose absolute. While times have changed rose remains the same in its power to nourish each system of the body. For men and women, rose offers so many benefits and searching for rose is an adventure that leads to beautiful discoveries.

You will experience rose in the following Moss Botanicals products:

Rose Otto Collection

Let Go


Calm Heart

Self Love


It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”  
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry-The Little Prince


*Note: This is not a cure, a diagnostic, or a substitute for serious medical attention. Aromatherapy, herbs, flower essences and hydrosols are an alternative modality to many forms of healing.  Improper dosages, prolonged usage and not adhering to proper safety data can lead to harmful effects when using essential oils, essential oil blends or herbal remedies. Check for any contraindications before using. 

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