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. The skin receives hydration; reducing fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a radiant glow. It elevates moods and supports grief related conditions. For women, rose offers gynecological benefits: tonic to the uterus, regulates pms and eases symptoms of menopause. For men rose helps with frigidity, impotence, and increases semen production. Its qualities are sedative, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, immune boosting, respiratory, pain relieving, and memory enhancing, circulatory (tonic to the heart and toning to the capillaries), digestive, and detoxifying to the liver. I am giving you a brief synopsis of the in depth profile of this amazing plant. Searching for rose is an adventure and your research will lead you to beautiful discoveries.
You will experience rose in the following Moss Botanicals products:
Note: This is not a cure, a diagnostic, or a substitute for serious medical attention. Aromatherapy is a complimentary 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 or essential oil blends.