While rose oil might bring the beautiful blooms from your summer garden to mind, this floral essence just may be a beauty and health breakthrough as well.
As a surprising mood booster, rose oil is said to offer an antidepressant quality, due to its calm and soothing nature. In fact, a 2009 study conducted at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand involved 40 volunteers, who applied rose oil to their skin. The study looked at emotional responses, like breathing rate, blood pressure and pulse rate. After using rose oil, the participants were more likely to feel relaxed.
The essential oil is said to soothe inflammation, provide anti-aging benefits, hydrate dry skin, act as an antiseptic and treat adult acne. Rose oil also offers antioxidants, as it contains Vitamins A, B3, C, D and E.
If you’re now thinking to drop by your local florist and pick up a bouquet, keep in mind that creating rose oil is a difficult, costly process! The oil is taken from roses, diluted, and then used sparingly in drops. However, producing rose oil also requires thousands of petals for just a small amount of the coveted liquid.
Naturally, this beauty breakthrough has been used throughout history and is now commonly used in aromatherapy. According to Rose Magazine, rose oil was originally discovered in Persia in the tenth century, when it was first distilled and used. Today, precious Damask rose oil comes from the Rosa Damascena roses in Bulgaria, where much of the world’s supply of this sweetly scented essential oil is produced.