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Using rose essential oil in herbal medicine

Rose essential oil is distilled from rose petals. It is deep, rich, and floral with a sensual uplifting scent. Although expensive, many aromatherapists and herbalists consider it worth the money (approximately $500 per fluid ounce). Rose oil is considered an aphrodisiac with mild sedative and anti depressant properties.

Rose oil is great for the skin and is an excellent moisturizer. Use on dry, aging, irritated, inflamed, and sensitive skin for superior results when nothing else works. Use with witch-hazel for a cooling and healing acne lotion. Rose essential oil supports the regeneration of new skin cells and is a wonderful addition to facial creams, bath oils, and massage blends.

Rose essential oil is sometimes diluted with water and applied as a compress to puffy eyes. It also brings noticeable results when used on broken capillaries. Rose essential oil tones small blood vessels and stimulates circulation. Rose oil brings a refreshing feeling to sensitive skin. It is sometimes included in fine cosmetics – but be aware of cheap substitutes.

Rose oil is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, antispasmodic, anti-viral, and antiseptic. It is used as a heart tonic, a kidney tonic, a nerve tonic, and a woman's tonic.

Rose essential oil soothes the anxiety that causes frigidity and impotence. Rose oil clears congestion, strengthens the digestive tract, clears the sinuses, cleanses the urinary system, relieves constipation, stops vomiting, and halts nausea. It can even heal sore throats while easing coughing spasms.

In aromatherapy, rose essential oil is used to treat grief, jealously, resentment, anger, depression, insomnia, anorexia nervosa, panic attacks, and low self esteem. It helps bring about a positive attitude and eases stress. Rose oil is also an aid to meditation and contemplation.

Rose oil is soft and feminine. It is called, “the Queen of Essential Oils” and is extremely valuable. It takes 30 roses to make one drop of oil. Rose oil is said to have the power to unite physical and spiritual love. It has a base to middle note and is a fine addition to perfume.

Women should use it when treating PMS, menstrual irregularity, vaginal infections, and uterine problems. Rose oil contains over 300 chemicals and only a hundred have been identified. Scientists expect great things from this oil.

For treating herpes outbreaks, mix 5 drops of rose oil with 10 drops of Melissa essential oil and apply straight (undiluted) to the sores. Small amounts of this blend may also be used on boils, carbuncles, the groin area, and lymph nodes.

* Suppliers usually offer small amounts of rose essential oil (expect to pay $50 for 2 ml). Rosewater may be substituted for rose essential oil if necessary. Avoid rose essential oil in the first four months of pregnancy. If using rose oil near the eyes, make sure to dilute it with plenty of water. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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