Rose Bulgarian Oil

rose Rosa damascene

Rose Bulgarian oil is essential oil made from the steam distillation of rose petals and is known as rose otto or attar of roses. It takes about 10,000 pounds of flowers to make 1 pound of oil, or 60,000 roses to make 30 ml or 1 ounce of oil. Fresh flowers are picked before 8 AM.

Rose absolute oil is essential oil made by solvent extraction of the petals.

Rosa comes from the Greek roden, meaning “red,” as the ancient rose was thought to have been crimson. In myth, the rose was supposed to have sprung from the blood of Adonis (some accounts say Venus). Although the oil is obliquely referred to in the ancient Indian Ayruvedas and is mentioned by Homer in the Iliad, the first known rose oil distilleries existed in the year 1612 in Shiraz, part of Persia.

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Botanical Name - Rosa damascene

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Petals

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Very rich, deep, sweet-floral, slightly spicy

Color – Yellow to yellow-green

Largest Producing Countries - Bulgaria, Turkey, France, India, and Russia

Traditional Use - Rose Bulgarian oil is used extensively in soaps, cosmetics, toiletries, and perfumes of all types.

Properties - Antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antitubercular agent, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, choleretic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, depurative, emmenagogue, emollient, hemostatic, hepatic, laxative, pectoral, regulator of appetite, sedative (nervous), stomachic, and tonic (heart, liver, stomach, uterus).

Benefits - Amenorrhea, aphrodisiac, asthma, broken capillaries, childbirth, cholecystitis, coughs, depression, dry skin, eczema, emotional crisis, general tonic, frigidity, hay fever, headache, herpes, impotence, infertility, insomnia, leucorrhea, liver congestion, mature and sensitive complexions, menorrhagia, nausea, nervous tension and stress-related complaints, palpitations, poor circulation, scarring, skin problems, uterine disorders, and wrinkles.

Blends Well With - Rose Bulgarian oil blends well with most oils and is useful for ‘rounding off’ blends. Bergamot, chamomile roman, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang ylang, and vetiver.

Safety DataRose Bulgarian oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Its use while pregnant is not recommended.

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