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Damask rose is more commonly used in aromatherapy, and the oil (rose otto) is steam distilled from the delicate petals. Rose absolute is extracted from the flowers cold via a solvent which is removed and recovered for reuse.
The essential oil is pale yellow, while the absolute is orange-red and viscous. Both have a deep, rich and sweet floral smell.

Key actions:
Relaxing, cooling and toning.

Strengthening, antiseptic and detoxifying. It can be used to treat gastroenteritis and gastric ulcers. Relieves nausea and chronic constipation. Has a soothing effect on the liver and gall bladder.

Increases the sense of vitality and relaxed wellbeing. Useful for stress-related conditions in adults and hyperactivity in children.

Sexual health
Has a cleansing and toning effect on the uterus, helpful for those prone to PMT, heavy, clotted or painful periods, and during menopause. Use as a compress, massage or bath. Has an aphrodisiac effect on women.

Rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory properties make it great for dry, hot patchy skin, in a skin toner or cream helps repair broken capillaries. An excellent massage oil for scarring.

See 'Safe Use of Essential Oils' article

Bath, Massage, diffusion, compress, inhalation, skin products

Blends well with: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, and Patchouli

Safe in dilution