Plant family: Rosaceae. The roses are deciduous shrubs with stings on the trunk, branches and twigs. The Damascus rose is Medicinal Plant of the Year 2013. According to the NHV association, which selected the plant, the plant has anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant and antipyretic properties. Aromatherapy uses its essential oil for mental and physical relaxation, among other things. The ‘Trigintipetala’ variety is mentioned as early as 1689. Its overhanging flowers are pink and have a strong fragrance. It is one of the summer blooming Damascus roses and is up to two meters high. Primavera Rose Absolue is obtained from this variety.
Home: Mainly in Bulgaria, Persia, India and Turkey
1 liter is obtained from about 5000kg of flowers. Oil
Absolute are more concentrated than essential oils. The extraction process (hexane extraction) is gentler due to the low temperatures than when extracting essential oils, which is why the scent comes closer to the original plant.
The rose has been known as the “queen of flowers” since ancient times. It has been bred for more than 2000 years. The knowledge of the healing and beauty-promoting effects of the rose existed long before our era. Thousands of years ago in India the gulab (rose) -attar was also known as a remedy and in Arabia people bathed in rose water to reduce sweating and smooth the skin.
The Roman writer Pliny the Elder Ä. (A.D. 23-79) attributed relief from toothache to dried roses. Dioscurides (1st century AD) recommended decoctions of rose petals for headaches. The Greek doctor Galen (5th century AD) prescribed rose ointment for puberty spots and rose water to soothe injuries.
In the 12th century A.D. Hildegard von Bingen advises applying rose petals to inflamed eyes. And Paracelsus (16th century AD) used the rose in the “Specificum Odoriferum” – a fragrance for treating illnesses – and used it for drowsiness, headache and fatigue during infections.
Today the rose is mainly used in the form of its isolated essential oil. The aromatherapist Eliane Zimmermann describes its comprehensive effect: “Due to its diversity, rose oil can be described as a panacea, it can be used successfully for almost all diseases.”
Before internal use, please consult specialist books, doctor or aromatherapist.
The effect on the soul is: Strongly mood-enhancing, relaxing, balancing, harmonizing, erotic, helps with: Stress, inner restlessness
The effect physically: antibacterial, anti-fighting, pain-relieving, hormone-regulating, helps with: abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, muscle tension
INCI: Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Benzyl Alcohol **, Citral **, Eugenol **, Geraniol **
** natural components of essential oil