The Flower of Love
Turkish Rose (rosa damascene) essential oil dates back to ancient time in Roman, Greek and Egyptian civilizations, and was used in religious ceremonies and celebrations, entombed with mummies, and prized for their sweet perfumed scent and medicinal benefits.
It was said that the god Bacchus fell in love with a nymph, and chased her through a garden, where she tore her gown on a thorny bush. In his appreciation for the view of her leg, he covered the bush with the red flowers that we know as the Flower of Love today!
Roses traveled to Europe on trading vessels from the Mediterranean, and were soon grown in gardens and used for medicinal purposes and perfumes, rosewater, and essential oil.
The Turkish roses are gathered by women early in the morning, to capture the petals at their highest potency, and are steam distilled to release the oils. It takes over 4000 kg. of petals to yield 1 kg. of essential oil, so you can see why Rose oil is so precious!
Learn how Turkish Rose 5% essential oil can benefit your mental, emotional and physical health in a variety of interesting and effective ways:
- Reproductive System: Massaging the belly, temples and back of the neck with a blend of a few drops of Turkish Rose essential oil and almond, jojoba or coconut oil is an effective way to balance female hormones, including PMS and menopause symptoms, relieve menstrual cramps, and bring relief for imbalances causing dry, sensitive skin.
- Eyes: Turkish Rose essential oil works wonders when applied in a wet compress to swollen, inflamed, or fatigued eyes. Allergies, infections, too much time on the cell phone or computer, and long hours driving can stress, redden and irritate eyes. Just add a few drops of Turkish rose to a bowl of water, soak a clean washcloth, wring out and lay on your eyes for a soothing spa treatment that really works!
- Infections: If you suffer from hay fever, sinusitis, vaginal yeast infections, skin ulcers, boils or any other type of infection, Turkish Rose essential oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic properties work fast to reduce inflammation and heal infections. Apply as a compress, massage into the soles of the feet, or combine with a carrier oil and apply to the infected area.
Tip: Make a cooling skin toner from 1½ tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 5 drops Turkish Rose essential oil in1 cup distilled water. Pour into a spray bottle and mist your face after washing to tighten and tone skin, and reduce signs of aging.