The rose is known all over the world as a sign of love, affection, and romance. The delicate aroma of a rose can easily promote feelings of peace and tranquility. Receiving a gift of beautiful roses can instantly boost anyone’s mood.
If the flowers themselves are so sensual, it is no wonder that rose otto essential oil is the same. This potent oil distilled from rose petals is known for being an aphrodisiac, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety, keeping skin looking young and healthy, and more.
Two Types of Rose Essential Oil
Rose Otto essential oil is often simply called “rose essential oil.” However, there are actually two different types of rose oil – rose otto and rose absolute. While both are derived from the petals of Rosa damascena, they differ in scent, color, and viscosity.
Rose Otto essential oil is derived through hydrodistillation of the rose petals. These petals are added to a container of pure water, then slowly heated. The temperature of the water causes the rose petals to release their oils. When the water is cooled, the oils float on the surface to be collected and sold as rose otto essential oil.
This oil is pale in color and has a delicate, floral scent. Since it takes so many roses to create rose otto essential oil, it is often more expensive than rose absolute. When kept in cooler temperatures, the natural waxes present in rose otto begin to solidify. It simply needs to be gently warmed to become liquid again.
On the other hand, rose absolute is derived through solvent extraction. This method consists of rose petals being added to a large vessel with a solvent. The vessel is rotated, extracting the aromatic part of the petals. The solvent evaporates, and what is left is known as “rose concrete.” Ethanol alcohol is used to filter out the non-aromatic components and waxes and the resulting liquid is known as rose absolute essential oil. This oil has a reddish color and is often used in perfumery since the scent is so close to that of an actual rose.1
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Here we will be focusing solely on rose otto essential oil. This delicate oil reduces signs of aging, soothes sore muscles, relaxes the mind, and more.
History of Rose Otto Essential Oil
Rosa damascena is one of the hundreds of species of roses and is native to Syria. This particular species is very highly perfumed and is highly valued in both perfumery and aromatherapy. Nowadays, Bulgaria, France, Turkey, Morocco, China, and India all produce rose essential oil.2
Roses were highly prized by Ancient Greeks and Romans since they represented both love and beauty. These beautiful, fragrant flowers were sacred to both Aphrodite and Venus – the Greek and Roman goddesses of love. Ancient Romans filled their cities with extravagant rose gardens and would often cover banquet tables with their petals.
Dioscorides, a Greek physician, claimed that roses had cooling and astringent properties. He also claimed that a liquor made from roses cooked in wine could relieve headaches and problems of the eyes, gums, ears, and womb. Ancient Greeks and Romans would smell the fragrance of roses to clear and relax the mind.
Rose petals were highly valued in cosmetics, and women would often use rose petals and rose water in face masks, blush, and eyeshadow. There were even claims that powdered rose petals made a delightful deodorant.
In North America, Native American tribes used various parts of the rose to treat fevers, colds, flu, diarrhea, and stomach problems. Some tribes would steep rose hips to make a liquid that would calm eye inflammations, and others made compresses to reduce swelling.3
Rose Otto essential oil has antioxidant, antibacterial, astringent, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. This is all due to its composition, which is primarily:
Rose Otto essential oil has a high concentration of citronellol, which is known in aromatherapy for its ability to reduce fevers, tone the body, reduce inflammation, treat disorders of the stomach, reduce menstrual cramps, and reduce the chance of infections.5
Common Uses of Rose Otto Essential Oil
Rose Otto can be used both aromatically and topically, whether you’re looking to nourish your skin, calm your mind, treat insomnia, or reduce menstrual cramps.
Reduces Signs of Aging
Rose Otto essential oil is a powerful antioxidant, which helps fight free radicals and reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. These antioxidants also help to protect the skin from UV damage.
This oil also helps to regulate moisture levels in the skin, which keeps the skin plump, hydrated and healthy.7
The astringent properties of rose otto constrict tiny blood vessels, reducing the look of varicose veins and broken capillaries.8
For a powerful anti-aging serum, mix a few drops of rose otto essential oil to a carrier oil such as argan or jojoba. Apply a few drops of this mixture onto a freshly cleansed face and gently massage into the skin.
For a detoxifying effect, add a drop or two of rose otto essential oil into a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel, and place your face above the steam for 5-10 minutes. Your skin will thank you!
Treats Skin Problems
The antiseptic properties of geraniol make rose otto essential oil effective against bacterial and viral infections. It can help to soothe burns and rashes, treat acne, diminish the look of scars and promote healing.
The anti-inflammatory properties of rose otto essential oil can help to soothe problems caused by psoriasis or eczema.9
The astringent properties of this oil work as a natural skin toner, reducing the amount of excess oil and tightening pores.
To treat skin problems, mix a drop of rose otto essential oil to a carrier oil and apply to the affected areas. For irritations that cover larger parts of the body, you can add a couple of drops of this oil to a relaxing bath and soak for 20 minutes.
To treat acne, add a drop of rose otto essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer.
The delicate, calming aroma of rose otto essential oil is perfect when you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. It helps to calm the mind and promote feelings of peace and tranquility. It also helps to stabilize mood swings, ease nervous tension and relieve insomnia.
A 2012 study tested the effects of rose and lavender essential oils on 28 postpartum women. After four weeks of aromatherapy, the women showed a significant decrease in postnatal depression and general anxiety!10
To calm the mind and elevate the spirits, simply diffuse rose otto essential oil throughout your home. You can also use it as a perfume and dab it behind your ears and on your wrists. For an easy, discreet way to reduce stress, use rose otto essential oil in one of our personal aromatherapy diffusers such as Love.
To promote a proper night of sleep, diffuse rose essential oil approximately 15-20 minutes before you go to bed. You can also mix a drop or two in a spray bottle filled with water and spray your pillowcases before going to sleep.
Balances Female Hormones
Rose Otto essential oil can help to regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce cramps, and ease discomfort caused by menopause and premenstrual syndrome.
For a soothing way to ease the pain of menstrual cramps, add a drop of rose otto essential oil to a carrier oil and gently heat the mixture. You can then massage this warm oil onto your lower abdomen.
Strengthens Digestive System
Rose Otto essential oil can help to strengthen the digestive system and reduce the symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, and constipation.
To ease digestive upsets, simply diffuse rose otto essential oil throughout your home or mix into a carrier oil and massage onto the stomach.
Rose Otto essential oil is known as a powerful aphrodisiac! It has been reported to help with sexual problems such as impotence and frigidity. To increase libido and improve your intimate relationships, mix a few drops of rose otto essential oil to a carrier oil and use as a sensual massage oil, or diffuse throughout the bedroom.
Remedies Respiratory Issues
Smelling the delicate fragrance of rose otto essential oil does more than just relax and soothe the mind. It can also help to relieve respiratory problems such as asthma, colds, allergies, and congestion.
If you’re suffering from a respiratory condition, simply diffuse rose otto essential throughout your home. If you have a lot of congestion, add a drop of this oil to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and breathe the healing vapors for five minutes.
Acts as a Natural Perfume
To bring these therapeutic properties with you wherever you go, use rose otto essential oil as a natural perfume! One drop goes a long way. You can dab it behind your ears, on your wrists and even your hair to keep the soft, floral scent with you for hours.
Safety and Precautions
Rose Otto essential oil is safe for aromatic and topical use, but it is not recommended to take internally.
This essential oil is non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is safe to apply to the skin without dilution (known as applying “neat”). Even so, you should always conduct a patch test before attempting to use topically on larger areas of skin.
It can take up to 60 roses to create just one drop of this oil! Because of this, rose otto essential oil is very expensive. You can often find oils that are sold as rose oil yet are pre-diluted in a carrier oil or mixed with other essential oils. If the price seems too low to you, it is probably too good to be true. Always be sure that you are purchasing 100% therapeutic grade essential oils.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should only use this essential oil under the supervision of a doctor or aromatherapist. Do not attempt to use in place of a prescription medication or to treat a chronic condition without first consulting a medical professional.
If stored correctly in a cool, dark place, rose otto essential oil should last for 6 years.11
Rose Otto essential oil may be costly, but the healing and restoring properties are so powerful in every drop. This delicate, romantic essential oil is a wonderful oil to have on hand when making natural beauty products and body care products such as massage oils, cleansers, moisturizers, soaps, perfumes, and lotions.
For those who are looking to add a bit of romance to their lives, promote a relaxed state of mind or simply give their skin a delightful treat, rose otto essential oil is the perfect essential oil to have on hand.
If you’re looking for a less costly way to get some of the romantic and confidence benefits of rose otto, look no further than MONQ’s Feel the Way You Want series, with personal essential oil diffuser blends such as Love and Sexy. If you’ve used either of these or if you swear by the benefits of rose essential oil, tell us about it in the comments below!