|Rose Otto, Rose Essential Oil
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From Ananda Aromatherapy, 100% pure Rose essential oil, also known as Rose Otto. This is the steam distilled variety of Rose, from Rosa Damascena roses, grown and distilled in Turkey and Bulgaria ~ the Bulgarian is grown and distilled certified organically. Rose Otto is considered the most therapeutic of the rose oils ~ in fact, it is thought to be the the essential oil with the 'highest vibes' in aromatherapy. The Bulgarian is softer and more subtle in its aroma, the Turkish is full and sweetly floral. Both are very lovely aromas. We again have Rose Hydrosol, the distillate water collected in the essential oil distillation process ~ an excellent skin tonic!*
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| Rose essential oil - or Rose Otto: Steam
distilled essential oil of rose petals is a great luxury. Otto is the term used to differentiate the steam distilled variety from the 'Absolute'.
It is from the Bulgarian 'Damask' Rose, cultivated since the 16th century, which is considered to produce the finest quality essence. Because Roses are such a wonderful part of the Bulgarian culture, the government actually gets involved to ensure purity of Rose essential oils!
Turkey has become a world-renown source for Rose Otto, with the Turkish oils having their own unique aromatic qualities, though the same therapeutic activity.
In aromatherapy applications, the Otto is more potent than the Absolute, and an even smaller amount is needed. Some perfumers consider that even fractions of a percent can do wonders. This is the oil of love, that has many psychological and physiological applications.
The Rose Absolute is deeper
- more middle note than high - both are very intriguing. For all therapeutic uses, we highly recommend this Rose Otto. For simple aromatic uses and perfumery, where a true Rose flower aroma is desired, we recommend our wonderful Absolute. Rose Otto is considered the essential oil with the highest vibration used in aromatherapy today.
The essential oil is a pale yellow liquid that will form white or clear crystals at a temperature
of around 70 degrees F. The oil will solidify into an opaque paste at even cooler temperatures. This completely natural, and is indicative of a pure steam distillate of rose petals. By
holding the bottle between your hands, the oil will soon warm and return to a completely liquid state.
There is perhaps no better essential oil for women and men than Rose oil for use in treating conditions
of the reproductive system. It is highly valued in formulas for mature, dry and sensitive skin, and its tonic action on the heart appears to help relieve cardiac congestion, improve sluggish circulation,
and tone the capillaries.
The aroma of this oil is light yet tenacious, intoxicating even to some - it should be noted, however, that the Otto may not immediately strike one of the smell of roses - it
is an aroma unto itself - again, the Absolute is more accurate to the full aroma of the flower. However, Rose Otto is considered the more 'therapeutic'
of the two - it may bring balance and harmony, perhaps helping one overcome insecurities. Rose can be elevating to the mind and spirit, being considered the premier essential oil for opening the heart chakra, allowing heart centered contact and outlook.
The scent is sweet, rich, and floral - exclusive to the extract of history's most revered
flower. Though the rose is renown for its fragrance, the flower actually contains very little aromatic
oil by weight. Some 60,000 roses are needed to distill a single ounce of oil, or about 60 roses PER DROP,
a fact which brings the seemly high cost of rose oil into perspective.
Rose oil is a gentle tonic for the heart, with the key to Rose's psychological properties being its effect
on the center of emotional being. Rose calms and supports the heart, helping to nourish
'heart-yin' and restore a sense of well-being. The flower has been considered great in its ability to heal
emotional wounds by bringing warmth to the soul.
Rose essential oil was first distilled by the Arabic Physician Avicenna, who wrote an entire
book on its many healing properties. Rose makes a great skin oil for all skin types, and especially for
dry, sensitive, or aging skin - for this we recommend a 1-3% dilution in Jojoba oil, or a carrier oil combination that best suits your skin type. Rose otto is also considered strongly anti-viral, and has been used successfully to treat herpes legions.
Steam distilled rose can be utilized in a number of ways; it is very gentle, being suitable for use
on the skin 'neat',
in massage oil, and in a bath, as well as in a diffuser. As a perfume, the absolute can be worn directly on the
skin – its 'tenacious' quality will have the aroma slowly released for many hours. For therapeutic use
for the emotions, a dilution of 10% of in jojoba oil is often used, being
massaged into the heart area – a diffuser is very effective for this purpose as well. The absolute can
also be added in small amounts to any skin cream, though using a home-made natural recipe is often the nicest.
To learn more about the use of all our essential oils, we encourage you to visit The Ananda Apothecary Forums, where you can post questions regarding specific applications of each oil. Questions in the forums are regularly answered by Ananda Apothecary staff, and other experienced aromatherapy practitioners.
|Diffuse or apply
topically or add to baths (after the tub is full, as to not release all the aroma before one has gotten in!)
||Has been traditionally been used for opening the heart, and bringing
balance and harmony to the emotions. It is also exceptional for dry or aging skin, and is also considered an anti-viral due to its high citronellol content (similar to Melissa).
|Rose otto can be supportive for relaxation and balance of emotions.
||Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic
reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Most essential oils should be diluted before use.
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|For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils. Steam distilled rose otto oil is highly concentrated, a little can add
a wonderful scent to your favorite carrier oil - we recommend jojoba for skin care.
Rose blends well with most other oils, particularly Patchouli, Cedarwood
Oil, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Chamomile,
|All oils from Ananda Aromatherapy are therapeutic grade,
meaning they are produced to the highest quality standards possible. Our essential oils are
chosen for their integrity (all chemical constituents important for aromatherapy are intact), ecological
'soundness' (most are organic or wild grown), and wonderful
aromas. You may order a sample of any oil before trying larger amounts. Most samples are about .75ml; exotic oils such as Melissa, Rose, Angelica and Jasmine are only a few drops. Ananda Aromatherapy offers wholesale essential oils direct to you. We forgo the use of separate wholesale and retail tiers in order to keep fine therapeutic grade oils accessible to everyone!
*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this oil or any products from The Ananda Apothecary. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.