Description of plant:
A small, prickly shrub with fragrant pink blooms.
There are many ways to extract Rose, being:
1. Distillation in the case of Arabic culture.
2. Solvent extraction, or ‘dry cleaning’.
3. The liquid CO2 process.
A pale yellow liquid with rich, deep, sweet-floral, slightly spicy scent.
MIDDLE TO BASE NOTE
Soothing and feminine.
Avoid during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents:
Constituents vary greatly from region to region. Below find average values for Damascena:
Citronellyl acetate, geranyl acetate, neryl acetate – 4%
Neral – 1%
Caryophyllene – 1%
Damascenone and remainder – 12%
Rose oxide – 1%
Stearoptene, camphene, myrcene, cymene, pinenes, ocimene – 20%
Citronellol, geraniol, farnesol, nerol, linalool, phenylethylalcohol – 60%
Methyl Eugenol – 1%
(As at 1990, there were 400 known volatile components in Rose oil.)
Properties and indications:
Very useful for depression, grief, jealousy, and resentment. Eases nervous tension and gives a woman positive feelings.
Womb tonic, calming PMT. Helpful with frigidity and impotence, by way of dopamine release. A tonic to the heart, toning the capillaries. Balances and strengthens the stomach. Has a cleansing and purging action on toxins. Has a soothing action on sore throats and eases coughs.
Useful for all types of skin, particularly mature, dry or hard skin. Has a constricting action on capillaries.
Used in food, sweets and is indispensable in fine perfumery for its subtle floral notes.