Rose water as it's more commonly referred to is perhaps the most famous and magical of all the plant hydrolates. "Goddess Medicine" (Elizabeth Ashley), Cleopatra's favorite flower, and associated with Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus and Isis. Rosewater was distilled as early as the 9th century by Al Kindi, 'Philosopher of the Arabs', writer of medicine and astrology and throughout the Arabic world to southern Asia in 10th -12th centuries.
We highly recommend reading 'Rose Goddess Medicine' by Elizabeth Ashley for in depth information on the history, Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Aromatherapy uses and MUCH more of rose essential oil and hydrolate.
Damascus Rose was discovered in Europe during the crusades, is considered to be the most beautiful and the most subtle. The hydrolate has so many active components, that its healing field is unlimited! Our Roses are of the damscena variety grown in the unique climate of Teruel, eastern Spain.
Here is a terribly brief summary of some key points:
Rose water can be used to heal skin conditions, from acne and dry skin to sunburn.
It is 'heart medicine', from emotional pain to heart palpitations and irregularities.
Rose water is refreshing and helps to increase our energy when it has been depleted.
Use to balance hormones
Awaken sensuality and desire, self confidence, ability to feel fulfillment.
Treat psychosomaic illness with rose water.
Here is more extensive information taken from 'Hydrolate Therapy, Floral Water Therapy' by Lydia Bosson:
Refreshing / Refreshing
Antiseptic & antispasmodic
Appetite regulator / Appetite regulator
Abuse of coffee, alcohol and sugar
Frigidity or impotence
Insomnia and nerves
Cardiovascular conditions, arrhythmias and hemorrhoids
Migraines caused by hepatic congestion
Therapeutic indications for skin
Calms blemishes and rosacea
Astringent and tonic for dry skin
Calms allergic skin reactions
Eczema / Eczema
Irritation and sore eyes
Energetic and psychoemotional indications
Pain and stress from a romantic relationship
Anger, irritation and aggression
Chronic bronchitis caused by emotional frustration
Perfectionism in everything and lack of deep satisfaction
Neediness of someone else to feel secure (parents, guru)
Heart chakra and coronal block
Useful tip: For those of us who spend a lot of time in front of a screen working, spray some hydrolate over yourself as it regenerates and purifies the aura, it's refreshing and can be sprayed directly into tired eyes!
Final tips: Use in direct application to the skin. Ritualize the way you apply rose water. Take your time to receive her gifts. Add to your bath or diffuser. Or dap onto your wrists or face with our delicate roll on during your day.
The use of hydrolates for the treatment of fungi and insects has a long tradition in the agricultural world. Among our products, Nepeta Cataria hydrolate works as an insecticide to eradicate aphids and other insects that affect gardens and crops, Inula Viscosa is one of the best natural fungicides that exist, it eliminates fungi in a few days of treatment.
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There are three ways to use essential oils, the most common are inhalation and topical application .
It is possible to ingest essential oils, but only recommended if you are suffering from a viral infection. Please do not ingest essential oils without previously consulting an aromatherapist. Dosage is EVERYTHING! Many essential oils are DANGEROUS to ingest.
Indirect Inhalation: Drop 1 drop of essential oil on your pillow and enjoy a soothing aroma all night. We recommend doing this when needing deeper, more nourishing sleep. Use lavender angustifolia or lemon balm (dilution 20%). It's also a great way to help sleep when we are congested with mucus in the nose or lungs. Use cypress, inula graveolens dilution 20% or rosemary cineoil. This method is very safe for children. Aromas such as rosemary or peppermint are not so relaxing, although they will help to decongest. If you are working through an emotional process and using an essential oil such as everlasting or laurel, this method is also wonderful to continue the 'work' while you sleep.
Direct Inhalation: Meditate with an essential oil or eo blend by applying a dilution to the back or palm of your hand or directly to an aroma stick or soft tissue.
Diffusing: Add between 6 and 20 drops of essential oil(s) into a diffuser, depending on the size of the room and length of time you will be there. There are also car diffusers now on the market. We recommend our ultra sound diffuser next to your computer, in your bedroom or living area. If congested with mucus, put up to 6 drops in a bowl of hot water. Put a towel over your head and slowly inhale the steaming vapors that rise from it.
Please ALWAYS dilute an essential oil with a carrier vegetable oil (almond, olive, wheat germ or grape seed oils etc. Many carrier oils or macerated carrier oils will also complement the work of the essential oil due to their curative properties). Olive oil is easily accessible and is quite thick, which gives a long absorption time for the skin. However, it can also make the skin feel sticky. We use almond oil in our Essence blends as it has a smooth, soft feeling on the skin. Use dilutions of 3 to 50%. Please check maximum dilution before applying.
EssencesCat provides ready made diluted blends (see Essence 1-6) and Roll-ons to apply safely from one to four times a day as needed on different locations on your body. Allow the oil to absorb for 2-3 minutes before getting dressed to avoid staining clothing.
Dilute two or more drops of oil with your chosen carrier oil and rub on your chest (for heart, lungs, anxiety etc) or neck and temples (stress, head ache) upper sternum, wrist, ears or pressure points. Application to soles of feet at night before bed is a very effective treatment.
Massage: Apply the blend on the skin and massage in. Use a warm compress (a cloth soaked in hot water, covered with dry cloth to seal the heat) after applying essential oils for deeper penetration. Leave the cloth on for 15-30 minutes. Remove immediately if uncomfortable. Apply a cold pack after essential oils when treating inflamed or swollen tissues. Before applying oils, wash your hands with soap and water.
INGESTION: It is possible to ingest 1 or 2 drops of essential oils on a spoonful of honey. As mentioned previously, this should only be done on recommendation by an aromatherapist. See Recipes with essential oils and hydrolates.
Please consult an aromatherapist. NOT ALL ESSENTIAL OILS ARE SAFE TO INGEST.
There are many creative ways of using essential oils. Enjoy finding the ones that suit you and your family!