Rose is the queen of all essential oils. Simple and elegant, the beautifully rich fragrance of the the rose has been cultivate and used for health and beauty for thousands of years.
Early civilizations including the Chinese, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans highly valued the rose and cultivated them. The Romans made lavish use of roses: they scattered them from ceilings during banquets; they adorned the statues of their favorite gods with roses and they wore roses to protect them from drunkenness. The gardens of Tarquin the Superb were known for their many varieties of roses, and the gardener was venerated throughout the whole city. Virgil related that Aphrodite asked for Hector’s body to be embalmed with an ointment of rose essence.
The Greeks, too, venerated the rose, Homer eulogizing it in the Iliad and Odyssey, and Sappho dubbing it the queen of flowers. The Ancient Egyptians used roses in religious ceremonies, and roses have been found next to mummies in tombs.
The wife of Napoleon, Empress Josephine, was an ardent lover of roses, and started a renaissance of roses in the 1800s in France.
Rose essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of fresh rose petals. It takes 10,000 roses to create a simple teaspoon of pure rose essential oil, thus rose oil is precious and highly prized. Due to the high price, many products use synthetic rose fragrance.
Rose essential oil contains a complex array of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins unique to the flower. Ultra rich in vitamin C, rose essential oil can help protect and regenerate the skin; it is excellent for fine lines and aids in evening out skin tone.
The rich fragrance of the rose uplifts the spirit, calms the mind, and eases stress and anxiety. Rose is said the have the highest vibrational frequency of all essential oils.