Rose [Rosa damascena]
[Rosa damascena] is commonly known as the Damask rose. It is one of the most important species of the Rosaceae family. Roses are principally cultivated for their use in perfume, medicine and the food industry, in addition to their good looks.
The oil extracted from rose is called rose otto oil. It is a volatile oil obtained by distillation of the fresh flowers. The oil is prepared in copper alembic stills. Some 3000 parts of flowers yield only one part of oil. Because of the low oil content, essential rose oil is one of the most expensive ones in the world markets.
This prized oil possesses harmonizing aromatherapeutic properties, promoting inner relaxation, balance and sleep. It is also one of the most beneficial and skin-friendly natural essential oils.
Rose oil is known for its healing and antiseptic properties. When rose otto oil is included in a cream or lotion, it stimulates the skin, while moisturising and hydrating, boosting all skin types and being particularly beneficial to dry, mature and sensitive skin. It helps to reduce skin redness, fight inflammations, as well as fix broken capillaries on the skin and also acts as a general skin tonic with its astringent properties.