Rose Essential Oil and Aromatherapy
My childhood favourite, no flower can quite come close to the queen of flowers for beauty and fragrance. From tea roses to wild ramblers and show-stopping floribundas, roses just can’t be beaten. Few things surpass an afternoon wandering around David Austin’s rose garden, but for me it’s not just the beauty or fragrance that I love about roses; it’s the fact they’re so incredibly therapeutic, with a myriad of benefits for body, mind and spirit…
As an essential oil, rose is very underrated. It tends to get dismissed as just a sweet smelling oil, but it has so many other benefits. There is just something so wonderfully nurturing about rose; it’s uplifting nature helps to fight depression, stress and anxiety. In my mind, it’s the perfect oil to use if you’re feeling a bit blue, or work/family issues just seem to be getting on top of you. Try dabbing a few drops onto your pulse points or solar plexus, or adding them to an oil burner.
When you’re buying rose essential oil, do look out for rose otto, rather than rose absolute. Rose otto is steam distilled, while rose absolute may have been extracted using solvents. Our rose otto is diluted in jojoba oil, which is very close in PH to your skin’s natural oils, making it ideal to use if you’re creating your own facial oils or perfume oils. This fragrant oil comes from the damascena rose and we source it direct from Bulgaria’s ‘Rose Valley’, whose rose otto is acclaimed as amongst the best in the world.
Roses for skincare
Rose oil is often used in skincare products, though again do check that yours includes rose otto for the highest quality. Rose otto is well known for its ability to target fine lines and wrinkles, tone and soften skin and ease inflammation. It is a beauty treatment in a bottle! Our Replenishing Rose Face Cream combines rose otto with other skin elixirs, including rosehip oil, raspberry and pomegranate for potent skin nourishment.
While roses are often the star of the show, they can also play a valuable supporting role. At Akamuti, I tend to add rose otto or rosehip oil to a product whenever I get the chance! You’ll even find powdered rose petals in our Chocolate Marshmallow Face Mask.
Rose otto is a natural antiseptic, so it’s worth keeping a bottle to hand just to treat spots and grazes.
Rosewater is also extremely beneficial for skin. It makes a great toner, very calming to the skin, and surprisingly effective on blemishes. Ours is organic, and 100% pure – free from alcohol, additives and preservatives. We love to keep a bottle in our handbag as a refreshing spritz for the face and hair.
If you fancy trying out our bestselling rose products, including the Replenishing Rose Face Cream, you can find them on sale here: Replenishing Rose collection
Roses for romance
There is a reason that roses are associated with love, and Valentine’s Day in particular. Greek legend has it that Aphrodite presented a rose to her son Eros, the God of love. Even the most hardened cynic would find it hard to disagree that fresh roses are romantic, but did you know that the fragrance alone has been found to be an aphrodisiac? Roses were traditionally included in ‘love potions’ and it has been said that Cleopatra used roses to help in her seduction of Mark Anthony.
While I don’t have any plans to scatter rose petals half a metre deep around my home, like Cleopatra did, I will be happy to see them growing in my garden or waiting to be enjoyed straight from my rose essential oil bottle 🙂 I hope you share my love of roses, how do you enjoy using it?