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The Rose


Written by Angela Mitchell

* Please note - Rose Oil is not appropriate for use during Chemotherapy*

This elegant timeless flower evokes such emotive thoughts and feelings. Its rich, unique heady scent can transport you to a place of such happiness and has strong memory provoking qualities.

They are one of the most popular garden plants and grace any flower bed, containers, arches and pergolas that they bloom in.

Many perfumes are made using roses, it is exquisite.

Rose essential oil is usually obtained from Morocco, Turkey and France. Damask rose, otherwise known as Rose Otto, comes from Bulgaria.

Rose was possibly the first plant used in distillation credited to Avicenna, the 10th century Arab physician. A very popular plant in the East.

The rose has long been a symbol of love and purity, the petals were scattered at weddings to ensure a happy marriage. When scented food became the rage in Elizabethan times, the aroma of rose was a favourite. During the Second World War, vitamin C was in short supply so rosehips were used instead. The previous century saw a rapid rise in the French rose industry and the oil remains a popular ingredient in perfumes and soaps.

Its properties as an essential oil are wide, ranging from an anti-depressant to diuretic.

Talking of the mind, it is great for feelings of grief, depression, jealousy and resentment.

It is known as the Woman’s Oil, as it has such potency with regards to feminine emotions.

Rose essential oil calms pre-menstrual tension, has a tonic action on the heart by activating sluggish circulation, relieving cardiac congestion and toning the capillaries.

It also balances and strengthens the stomach during emotional upsets, through its antiseptic and purging action.

Ancient Romans valued it for hangovers, maybe because of its cleansing and purging action on toxins.

As you may know rose oil is exceptional in skin preparations. It is particularly good for mature and sensitive skins.

Rose oil blends well with other essential oils, such as bergamot, palmarosa, orange, neroli, patchouli, geranium and jasmine.

Try this blend for instant calm;

Rose - 4 drops

Chamomile - 5 drops

Lavender - 6 drops

Add to 30mls of carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil.

Cultivating Notes for Roses.

Roses grow in almost any soil, as long as it is well drained. Incorporating some well-rotted garden compost or manure into the planting area will get your roses off to a flying start.

There are so many different roses; there is possibly one for any spot in the garden, from a container on a sunny patio to a climber on a north facing wall.

Roses are deep rooted plants that once established can survive on the moisture present naturally in soil. But, in the first few years after planting, and where the soil is especially dry, thorough watering is recommended.

Roses in containers need to be watered so that the compost never dries out, but is never soggy.

Roses are hungry plants that respond well to generous feeding.

Enjoy the wonderful visual display of your roses. With the added bonus of a fragrance that is like no other. Picture it on a warm sunny day; you are having your cup of tea sitting on your patio, surrounded by these amazing flowers, isn’t it great to experience nature at its finest?

* Please note - Rose Oil is not appropriate for use during Chemotherapy*

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