Rose Essential Oil Guide: Uses, Benefits, Studies, FAQs

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Rose essential oil has long been regarded as one of the most luxurious and beneficial natural oils available. Extracted from the petals of roses through steam distillation, this oil is praised for its unique aroma and its remarkable ability to provide a wealth of health benefits. Its intense floral scent has made it a popular choice among aromatherapists and spa enthusiasts alike, while its calming properties make it an ideal choice for those looking to reduce stress and anxiety.

Rose essential oil is an incredible product that has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. It is commonly used in aromatherapy due to its uplifting, soothing scent. It has been used for centuries as a topical remedy to help treat skin issues, reduce inflammation, and improve moods. Rose essential oil also has numerous medicinal properties that can aid in reducing stress, enhancing mental clarity, and improving immunity.

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Rose Essential Oil ORAC Value:

Rose essential oil has been reported to have an ORAC value ranging from around 50,000 to 585,000 μmolTE/100g.

ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity,” developed by USDA researchers to tell you the item's antioxidant capacity. It is a measurement method to note the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which are molecules responsible for aging and various diseases.

Rose Essential Oil Health Benefits

Rose essential oil offers a plethora of health benefits due to its high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. Studies have shown that rose essential oil can be used as an effective anti-inflammatory, making it beneficial for relief from conditions such as arthritis and joint pain. Additionally, its antiseptic properties are beneficial for treating skin infections and other inflammatory skin conditions.

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Rose Essential Oil Scientific And Medical Studies

There are numerous studies found on rose essential oil, whether you're searching on NIH (National Institute of Health) or Google Scholar.

** Please note, none of these studies discloses which brand is used in the study, nor do any endorse any particular brand.

Below listed are the studies I've seen and become the most excited about:

A 2015 study showed inhaling rose oil resulted in a significant decrease in pain levels. Researchers believe the rose oil may have caused the brain to release endorphins.  (Source)

A 2013 study found rose essential oil to decrease menstrual pain. (Source)

A study suggests rose oil may reduce common anxiety symptoms: blood pressure, heart rates, breathing rates, cortisol levels, blood oxygen levels, and anxiousness reportedly decreased after the oil treatment. (Source)

Researchers found rose essential oil may be effective against a wide range of microbes that cause infections, including E. coli, staph infections (Staphylococcus), strep throat (Streptococcus), and candida (Candida Albicans). (Source)

Two studies found inhaling rose oil increases libido among both men and women. The first study involved male participants with a medicated depressive disorder, and the other study involved female participants with the same medicated disorder. 

A 2012 study found rose essential oil to be helpful with improving depression symptoms. (Source)

Rose Essential Oil Uses

  1. Add a few drops to your bathwater for a relaxing soak.
  2. Mix with a carrier oil and use it for a soothing massage.
  3. Improve your skin's natural collagen production using diluted rose oil
  4. Diffuse in a diffuser to create an uplifting atmosphere.
  5. Add to a facial steam for a spa-like experience.
  6. Mix with a carrier oil and apply to the face for a radiant glow.
  7. Add a few drops to your favorite homemade facial toner
  8. Make your own DIY Glow Face Serum (my favorite!!)
  9. Use in your skincare routine (as a toner ingredient or in oil cleansing) to help reduce acne (here's a study about it)
  10. Chill your excessive nervousness with this DIY Liquid Calm roller bottle recipe: 30 drops Sandalwood, 30 drops Cedarwood, 30 drops Valarian, 30 drops Frankincense, 10 drops Humility essential oil blend, 10 drops Rose, and topped off with carrier oil
  11. Blend with other essential oils for a personalized perfume. Of course, it is a lovely perfume by itself too.
  12. Add to your dryer balls when doing laundry to give your clothes a lovely scent
  13. Mix a fun-smelling foaming hand soap to pamper your hands and senses

Before any topical use of rose oil, be sure to dilute it with your favorite carrier oil. I encourage my clients to dilute one drop of rose essential oil to a pea-size amount or more of carrier oil.

You should dilute one drop of rose oil per one ml of carrier oil, at a minimum. Before applying on a large area, do a small patch test first. If it irritates your skin, you didn't dilute enough and should add more carrier oil.

A carrier oil can be any cold-pressed, seed-based oil (ideally organic and unrefined). This includes most cooking oil, like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. Personally, we LOVE using sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and the V6 Carrier oil (made by Young Living). This is the best way to dilute your essential oils for topical use.

Essential Oils That Blend Well With Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil blends well with:

Member-Favorite DIY Rose Essential Oil Blends

  • Vanilla Rose Diffuser Blend: 3 drops of rose and 5 drops vanilla
  • Rosey Dream Diffuser Blend: 5 drops bergamot, 3 drops patchouli, and 2 drops rose
  • Riveting Roses Diffuser Blend: 3 drops each of sandalwood and bergamot with 2 drops of rose
  • Vintage Rose Diffuser Blend: 3 drops rose, 2 drops each of lavender and jasmine

Rose Essential Oil Substitute Ideas

Great alternatives to using rose essential oil include:

You may also want to consider using rose hydrosol, which is simple to make at home, and much less expensive to purchase than the essential oil.

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