Green Valley Aromatherapy

Rose Essential Oil

General Properties

  • antibacterial
  • antidepressant
  • anti-infectious
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • aphrodisiac
  • astringent
  • diuretic
  • emmenagogue
  • hemostatic
  • sedative
  • tonic
Origin: India. Steam Distillation of the hand picked petals. Base note.


Rose essential oil, often referred to as 'Rose Otto' or 'Attar of Rose', is steam distilled from the petals of the flowers of Rosea centifolia. The chemical make up of rose oil is extremely complex, with over 300 known components. Rose Essential oil is strong in its aphrodisiac, sedative and bactericidal properties.

Rose essential oil is usually clear and bright yellow in colour. Due to the heat required for distillation you will find it has a much lighter, less 'rosie' scent than Rose Absolute, and it has not come into contact with solvents. This oil is very good for the skin and still has all of the same properties as Rose Absolute.

Known as the Queen of oils, Rose is expensive but only a small amount is needed. Traces of rose extracts have been found in several tombs from around 2000 BC. Rose is especially helpful where an emotional disturbance is linked to female sexuality. It carries with it distinct feminine qualities. It has a powerful effect on the uterus, as it helps to cleanse, purify, and regulate and may help with uterine muscle tone. It can be used to regulate the menstrual cycle and help to reduce excess loss.

Rose has long been known as an aphrodisiac, the Romans used to scatter rose petals on the bridal bed, and this custom has degenerated into paper rose petals at weddings. It is also a very good skin care oil, especially valuable for dry, sensitive or aging skin. On an emotional level, Rose is a gentle antidepressant and may help with post-natal depression or the depression that may follow the break up of a relationship. It is also good for skincare (cell regenerator), most especially for dry, sensitive or aging skins. It is a natural astringent and has antiseptic properties. Very little of this oil is needed to benefit from its qualities.

This oil blends well with most floral oils.

Specific Cautions

Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.


Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Rosea centifolia
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Viscous liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.