Monday, September 7, 2009

Ruby Rose

It's Ruby Tuesday over at Work of the Poet. This is only my second time to participate, but really enjoy showing off my reds. And, even more, I love to visit the other Ruby Tuesday postings too. Always colorful and fun, and we may learn a few things along the way!

Little difficult (okay -- a whole lot difficult) to read the label on the little bottle. So, I'll tell you, this is the most prized oil in the collection. It is rose oil.

A couple of facts:

It takes 2,000 pounds of fresh, hand picked, prime rose petals to yield 1 pound of pure Rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil.

"The healing properties of the rose have been utilized throughout the ages and (rose) still plays an important role in the East. It has been used for digestive and menstrual problems, headaches and nervous tension, liver congestion, poor circulation, fever (plague), eye infections and skin complaints."***
~~ Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Alan & Connie Higley

"Rose has been used for the skin for thousands of years. The Arab physician, Avicenna, was responsible for first distilling rose oil, eentually authoring an entire book on the healing attributes of the rose water derived from the distillation of rose. Throughout much of ancient history, the oil was produced by enfleurage, a process ofpressing the petals along with a vegetable oil to extract the essence. Today, however, almost all rose oils are solvent extracted.....

....It's beautiful fragrance is intoxicating and aphrodisiac-like. It helps bring balance and harmony, allowing one to overcome insecurities. It is stimulating and elevating to the mind, creating a sense of well-being."***

~~ Essential Oils Desk Reference (compiled by Essential Science Publishing)

Young Living's absolutely pure unadulterated and optimally produced rose oil is made from a variety of roses grown in Bulgaria, and a 5 ml bottle (about 80 drops) retails for a mere $236.51. I was so blessed to receive a FREE bottle as a bonus with an order I recently placed. As quoted below, Veronica believes its value is well above that of gold. (It is important to note that the information supplied here is in consideration of using these high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.

"I use to have bloating in my abdomen before my cycle along with cramping and other female 'symptoms'. I now use 1-2 drops of pure 'wonderful' rose oil on my abdomen starting 10 days before and up to my menstual cycle, no more bloating! Even during the month for other symptoms (depression, melancholy, etc.) I also apply it in circular motion on my heart, breath it in and apply to my ankles. Some may think it costly but believe me it is well worth more than gold. Give it a try!"***

~~ Veronica Mitchell, San Jose, CA, "oil-testimonials"

To learn more about essential oils please visit Heaven Scent Essentials. It is akin to an encylopedia of information on these wonderful oils and their benefits for holistic health and wellness -- body, mind, and spirit.

Again, be sure to visit Work of the Poet to see all the lovely Ruby Tuesday posts. And, of course, your comments are a blessing! Thank you for visiting Alive!

***DISCLAIMER: This is for informational purposes only, and does not substitute for professional medical care. Please consult and obtain permission from your doctor or health care professional before using essential oils and other complementary therapies.


Stephanie V said...

It seems right that something so beautiful would be good for you, too. Thanks for the visit.


I also love roses! I enjoyed your RT! Thanks for the visit!

Anonymous said...

Hope it ias as useful as it is supposed to be!

Leora said...

Rose oil sounds like good stuff! I have lavender oil; can't remember what it's good for, but I think it's an aphrodisiac.

♥RocĂ­o♥ said...

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Have a Lovely♥Day!
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Robin said...

It must smell heavenly as well as being useful.

Auntie E said...

the smell of roses are so good.Happy RT

Becca said...

Wow, that sounds really intense. Pretty pic :)

Martha in PA said...

Interesting post, and a lovely photo!


Dimple said...

What an interesting post, thank you! I love roses, especially the wild ones. They take care of themselves, are beautiful in spring when they flower, and make gorgeous red hips in the fall. And I don't worry about aphids, watering, cutting back, or fertilizing. But I do need to watch out for thorns!

boliyou said...

Very interesting information on rose oil. I once tried making my own, with little success.

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Lynn said...

Thanks to all who are visiting and commenting.

Thought I would add here that Rose oil does not really smell like roses. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that it doesn't smell particularily good, but it sure has some potentially amazing benefits.

After seeing the production of essential oils up close and personal, and I can't imagine making them at home. Although, now that I think of it, there are some table top size distilling vessels. That is a thought. To obtain these benefits of rose oil, however, some very specific variety of roses not grown in the US must be used.

Jim said...

Hi Lynn, Happy RT! And welcome to the group.
I had not heard of your rose oil until today. I'm sure Mrs. Jim as though. That is a lot of roses to make the one little bottle, I know you use it sparingly.
Thanks for your visit and nice grandparent exchange. Aren't those kids nice!

sarah said...

I love those ruby reds.

Anonymous said...

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Lynn said...

Hi Anonymous, Happy New Year! and thanks for the kind words. The blog certainly hasn't had my full attention the last few months. Be looking for more posts coming soon.

Lance Grover said...

I also really love essential oils and have had wonderful success with using pepperming oil as a natural medicine for my allergies.

Thanks for the great post!