Monday, June 30, 2014

Rosa damascena: Steam Distilled and Solvent Extracted

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
The rose has been valued for its beauty and its perfume for thousands of years. Because rose oil deteriorates rapidly with exposure to sun and wind, the content is highest on the first morning when the flower opens. Rose petals picked for distillation are picked manually, day by day, at or just before sunrise. (source: Mountain Rose Herbs)

The distinctive scent of the rose derived from acyclic monoterpene alcohols, geraniol (up to 75%), citronellol (20%) and nerol (20%), and long-chain hydrocarbons like nonadecane or heneicosane (up to 10%). An important trace component of rose oil is beta-damascenone. Even though this chemical makes up only 0.01% of the weight of the rose, its presence or absence determines the appeal of the rose. (source: Mountain Rose Herbs)

Mountain Rose Herbs offers both a steam distilled essential oil and a solvent extracted absolute rose oil.  

photo credit: Rose, Bulgarian Essential Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs
The steam distilled essential oil from Rosa damascena is one of the most expensive essential oils on the market! Mainly used in the fragrance industry. The distilled oil is also known for its sedative and aphrodisiac effects.  It takes around 10,000 lbs of rose petals to distill one pound of oil. The essential oil blends well with Benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang yang   and vetiver.  Mountain Rose Herbs has a Certified Organic essential oil that is beautiful.  The price for 1/8 ounce is $132.00.  You can really splurge and buy the 1 ounce bottle for a mere $700.00.  You can click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website


Photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs Rose, Bulgarian Absolute
Another option in buying a beautiful extract of Rosa damascena is to purchase Mountain Rose Herbs Rose Absolute.  It is alcohol extracted from the same Rosa damascena and instead of being used therapeutically, it is mostly used in the fragrance industry.  The amount of suggested dermal use is much higher in the absolute versus the essential oil.  Also, the price is more economical.  

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1/8 ounce bottle for only $43.75 and a full 1 ounce bottle is just $230.00.  The aroma is Rich, sweet, spicy-floral, tenacious and beautiful.  If you are interested in purchasing this from Mountain Rose Herbs, CLICK HERE


SAFETY DATA

Avoid while pregnant. Not for internal use.

DISCLAIMER

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!