Saturday, May 21, 2011

Capturing the ESSENCE OF ROSE

Extracts of the Rose have been prized for over 2000 years for healing, reviving and rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit. From ancient times the rose has been considered a valuable healing herb. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used it in the treatment of headaches, migraine, ophthalmic diseases, tuberculosis, wounds that wouldn't heal and depression and mental disorders.

In ancient Egypt rose oil was one of the ingredients of embalming mixtures. It was produced by a method known as enflourage, whereby rose petals were soaked and pressed in oil to extract their fragrance and properties.

The first important writings come from Plinius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder (23-79 B.C.) who lists 32 medicinal preparations that include roses In his encyclopaedia 'Natural History'.

Avicenna (Ali Ibn Sina) 980-1037, the famous Tadzhic physician and philosopher wrote one hundred books on his medical and scientific discoveries, the first of which was on the healing properties of the Rose. He applied Rose Attar in cases of persistent coughing, blood expectoration and tuberculosis. He is credited with discovering how to distill essential oils.

12th century crusaders brought back plants, 'perfumes of Arabia' including rose water and rose oil, and the knowledge of how to make essential oils by distillation. By 1200, France was established as the perfume centre of Europe. The development of the printing press led to the printing of herbals, and the spread of knowledge from the monasteries to all who could read. By the late 16th century all great houses had their own still room and the essential oil of rose came into extensive medical use. Rose oil is first mentioned in Worms' Pharmacopoeia published in 1582.

From ancient Egypt, through war and conquest, the perfume of the rose has travelled through the centuries to the present day, to soothe the mind, seduce the senses, heal the body and celebrate the exceptional.

Throughout time, people have sought to capture and keep the ephemeral scent of a rose that made time pause on a summer's day. If there's an aroma that more individuals find deeply moving than any other, it is the oil of rose. The scent is divinely sweet, rich, and deeply floral . Many of the classic perfumes we know are based around the fragrance of the Rose, for example Coco by Chanel and Flower by Kenzo.
'But the hour that brought the scent of the rose, she lived it in Paradise.' Rose of Eden by Rudyard Kipling

Rose Attar Captures The Healing Qualities of The Damask Rose.

Rose oil has been chemically analiyzed and its healing qualities attributed to the non-saturated Turpentine alcohols Citronellol and Geraniol . It is described as possesing remarkably high biological activity with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, spasmolytic, laxative, cholagogic and choleretic action.

Inhalations with rose oil or rose water have an anti-inflammatory, aseptic, and anti-allergic action in cases of inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, such as bronchitis, bronchiectasis and bronchial asthma and in cases of rhinopharyngitis, tonsillitis, cold, and influenza.

In tests it has been proved to encourage tissue formation, accelerate skin regeneration, and is used in the treatment of skin eruptions, allergic rashes, chafed and calloused skin, slow to heal wounds, burns, ulcers and bed sores. The component Eugenol, has powerful gum healing properties, and is widely used in dentistry. It is a major ingredient in the production of mouth washes and tooth pastes for gingivitis or gum disease.

It is these healing and regenerating qualities that make rose oil such a valuable ingredient in skin care, especially for damaged or ageing skin.

Since ancient times it has been recognized that the perfume of the rose has a particular effect on the mind and emotions. Rose has the ability to soothe grief, calm hysteria, sedate the nervous system and remove tension headaches.

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