Directions For How To Make Rose Oil Using The Cold Infusion Method.

rose essential oilWork with intention, allowing space in your busy life to be present. It is fitting to say a short blessing or prayer that the final product is an effective healer.

Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascena are the most commonly available Roses and are well-suited for herbal skin care.

1) Fill a clean jar ¾ full with freshly dried or dry rose petals and buds. You can break up and bruise the petals gently.

2) Fill the jar to the top with carrier oil of choice. I use extra virgin olive oil most commonly, though sweet almond or coconut (melted) would work well.

3) Cap and shake to distribute the herb.

4) Label with the herb used, where it is from, the oil used, quantities of each, the date and the method of preparation.

5) Allow the jar to sit in a cool, dark place, shaking daily.

6) At 4 weeks/28 days/1 moon cycle, strain the oil into a clean bowl, squeezing the herb to get every drop. I find it helpful to use an old t-shirt or cheesecloth to catch the herb. Then lift the t-shirt with herb in it and squeeze that.

7) The strained liquid is your finished oil. Essential oil can be added or it can be left as is. It will have the sweet scent of roses, though it may be light. You could always make a double or triple infusion, where you would use the filtered herbal oil as the carrier oil for a fresh batch of rose petals.

Rose Oil can be used as any other herbal oil, for cosmetic, massage and medicinal purposes.

Therapeutic Benefits of Roses 

     Aside from providing an aesthetic appeal, which contributes to the overall pleasure and feeling of well being, roses have a genuine practical use in our regimens of good health. Rose oil and rose water are derived from the flowers and rose hips have many valuable properties.

     It is suspected that the rose was probably the very first flower from which rose oil and rose water were distilled; possibly in the 10th Century Persia. Today, most of the rose oils are still produced in that region of the world. A very large quantity of rose petals is needed to produce a very small quantity of oil. Thus, it is very costly. Thankfully only a small amount of rose oil is needed in therapeutic preparations. It is not used in its concentrated state, but rather in a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba, and grapeseed.

     Generally rose oil and rose water (a by-product of distillation) are used topically rather than internally; with the exception of aromatherapy.In this case the rose essence may be inhaled, via steam or diffusion. Three varieties of rose are used in commercial production of rose oil and rose water: Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Damascena and Rosa Gallica. The product will vary slightly in colour between these species but the therapeutic benefits are the same.

     The use of the rose is far and varied. It has a long history in its use in folk remedies, especially in the area of skincare. It is suitable for all skin types, but it is especially valuable for dry, sensitive or aging skins. It has a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface, which makes it useful in diminishing the redness caused by enlarged capillaries. It is important to ensure that the product contains the genuine natural rose oil. Many manufacturers label their products containing rose essence but it could be synthetic. Synthetic rose ingredients have no therapeutic value at all! Remember, with authentic rose oil, a little goes a long way.Certainly rosewater is a less expensive way to provide skincare. It is very soothing to irritated skin.It is also a tonic and antiseptic. Rosewater has been shown to be very valuable as an antiseptic in eye infections.

     The rose also offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress: nervous tension, peptic ulcers, heart disease, among others. There is indication that rose essence may also positively influence digestion, bile secretion, womb disorders and circulation. In addition, a tea made with rose petals (pour 150 ml of boiling water over 1 /2 grams of rose petals) often soothes a mild sore throat.

     Rose hips (the flowers which have swollen to seed) are an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. They also contain bioflavonoids, citric acid, flavonoids, fructose, malic acid, tannins and zinc. Taken in the form of tea they are good for infections, particularly bladder infections. Rose hip tea is also used in the treatment of diarrhea. It is an especially good source of vitamin C.

     To best use rose oil for topical purposes (i.e. skin care), use approximately 8 drops of essential rose oil for every 10 ml of carrier oil. Apply directly onto skin. Rosewater may be used with abandon. There is no such thing as too much of it. For emotional wholeness and wellness, rose oil may also be used in a room diffuser, aromatherapy ring (a brass ring placed atop a hot light bulb will work to evaporate the essential essence throughout the room) or in steaming hot water on the stove. Whatever works!

     To brew rose hip tea, which by the way is truly delicious, roughly chop up entire rose hips. Cover with distilled or purified water and boil for 30 minutes (longer if desired). Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth and add a bit of honey if desired. One can also find Rose Hip Tea in the local health food stores.  The essence of rose need not only be used to treat ailments. Whether inhaled and enjoyed from a freshly cut bouquet of sumptuous blooms or splashed on as rosewater after a shower or bath, it is simply a pleasure to be enjoyed by all!

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Bach Flower Remedies.

Bach-Flower-ChartThe physical manifestations of diseases have their root cause in emotional and psychological stress which includes fear, worry, loneliness, insecurity and jealousy. The body’s natural resistance to disease reduces as these situations reach extremes. Bach Flower Remedies assist in stabilizing emotional and psychological stress and seek to calm the turmoil produced by these exigencies. It gives the body a chance to heal itself naturally, with remedies made out of wild plants, flowers, bushes and trees.

The Supplement to the Eight Edition of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States lists all thirty-eight Bach Flower Remedies as homeopathic medicines and so they have official recognition. Comparatively cheaper, these floral remedies are simple to use. When selected correctly they are known to be consistently successful in getting the desired results.

Rescue Remedy is the best known Bach Remedy. Five Bach flowers are combined to make this emergency first aid medicine. It works quickly and is quite useful in various situations. However it is not the panacea for all ills and cannot be used to replace conventional medical care.

Doctors, homeopaths, and healthcare personnel throughout the world carry the Rescue Remedy as part of their emergency kit or on their person to use during medical emergencies. It comes in handy especially when psychological and emotional balance must be established at the time of crisis or otherwise.

To Dr. Bach goes the credit of discovering all the thirty eight Bach Flower Remedies. They have been used since 1936 to restore a sense of perspective in individuals who have been afflicted with major or minor emotional and psychological imbalance.

There are seven classifications, according to Dr. Bach, of the emotional and psychological states. Within the framework of each of these seven there are variations. The main categories are the following:

  • Despondency or despair
  • Fear
  • Insufficient interest in present circumstances
  • Loneliness
  • Over care for the welfare of others
  • Oversensitive to influences and ideas
  • Uncertainty

The following is a short, non-specific explanation of the thirty eight Bach Flower remedies and their uses. The remedies are appropriately listed according to their categorization.

Despondency or Despair:

  • Crab Apple (Malus pumila) is for those who are crouched in feelings of shame or fear of getting infected due to cleanliness issues and also for those with low self esteem because of bodily disfigurements. This also assists in disinfecting and cleaning injuries both of a physical and mental nature.
  • Elm (Ulmus procera) is for anyone who plods away, over-exerting themselves as they have taken on more responsibilities than they can handle and now feel weighted down.
  • Larch (Larix decidua) is useful for boosting confidence especially in those who expect to fail in spite of being competent as they give up even before trying.
  • Oak (Quercus robur) is intended for those who, despite setbacks, drive themselves hard to achieve their goals not allowing even hardship and infirmity to get in the way.
  • Pine (Pinus sylvestris) helps self critical people to save them from blaming themselves for others’ mistakes. They are never satisfied with their own efforts and attach faults to themselves. They suffer constant guilt as they feel they have not put in their best efforts.
  • Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) is used to treat stress that has accrued from emotional and mental trauma after grief, accident or loss.
  • Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) is good for anyone who is laden with despair, when anguish is overwhelming and they have reached the threshold of endurance.
  • Willow (Salix vitellina) is used when a situation seems unfair and unjustified leading to resentment and bitterness at the misfortune they have undergone.

Fear:

  • Aspen (Populus tremula) is used to cure formless anxieties and fears that seem to have no known causes in which a sense of impending disaster, accompanied by premonition and apprehension are prevalent.
  • Cherry Plum ((Prunus cerasifera) is the antidote for fear of losing physical and mental control. It is used to control unmanageable tempers and impulses that could lead to physical harm to others or to oneself. Suicidal tendencies and inordinate temper are both subdued.
  • Mimulus (Mimulus guttatus) is used to counter known fears, like fear related to heights, pain, poverty, death, darkness, fear of being alone or fear of others. It is also used to cure shyness and timidity.
  • Red Chestnut (Aesculus carnea) is used to cure extraordinary fear arising out of anxiety and concern for others, particularly loved ones. A gnawing, disquiet fear of an impending disaster is always anticipated.
  • Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium) is used when panic, terror, fright, hysteria, and nightmares reach extreme proportions.

Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances:

  • Chestnut Bud (Aesculus hippocastanum) helps those who learn nothing from their experience and form patterns of repetitive mistakes.
  • Clematis (Clematis vitalba) is meant for those who lean towards escapism, those who daydream about the future and are not in touch with reality, they lack concentration, have no interest in the present and are flighty.
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) helps those who cannot bring themselves to the present realities, are always bringing to mind the “good old days”. Homesickness and nostalgia have a grip on them.
  • Mustard (Sinapis arvensis) is used for those who suffer from deep feelings of melancholy and unexpected sadness and total gloom for no clear reason.
  • Olive (Olea europaea) serves as an impetus to regaining energy sapped through illness or personal suffering. It brings relief from physical and mental exhaustion and fatigue.
  • White Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) improves persistent and undesirable thoughts, mental wiles and obsessions with an incident or worrisome circumstance.
  • Wild Rose (Rosa canina) helps those who cannot lift themselves out of apathy and who are resigned to the fact that their circumstances are beyond improvement and they do not seek out happiness.

Loneliness:

  • Heather (Calluna vulgaris) is for talkative people who love to tell all and sundry their problems and are always looking for someone to pass their time with as they hate being on their own. They are full of themselves and very poor listeners.
  • Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera) helps impatient people to control irritability with people who are slower than they. They are quick in thought and act swiftly but only because they lack tolerance.
  • Water Violet (Hottonia palustris) is suitable for those who prefer to remain aloof, reserved, seem proud, self reliant and who radiate a ‘snobbish’ aura. They are capable but like to advise from a distance without involving themselves too closely.

Over Care for the Welfare of Others:

  • Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is meant for those who desire perfection and so are always finding faults in other people or things. They fail to notice the good points in others because they are so busy nit-picking and disapproving. They exaggerate other people’s minor peculiarities and show irritability.
  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is useful for possessiveness and over caring of those close to them. Self-centered and weepy they force others to fit into their line of thinking.
  • Rock Water (Aqua petra) is for those who are strict adherents in their daily lives. Harsh with themselves they will make any sacrifice to follow an ideal or set an example for others. They are extremely diligent about following a severe lifestyle for personal, religious or societal reasons.
  • Vervain (Verbena officinalis) is useful for anyone who is opinionated, always preaching, moralizing; injustice infuriates them. Their behaviour can become domineering, belligerent and obsessive if it crosses boundaries.
  • Vine (Vitis vinifera) is used on strong willed leaders when they cross limits and become imperious, authoritarian, callous and tyrannical.

Oversensitive to Influences and Ideas:

  • Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) is useful for those who hide their troubles from others as they think it will burden them. A cheerful facade might hide their suffering but escape from pain is hidden in alcohol and medication.
  • Centaury (Centaurium umbellatum) is useful for those who cannot say no as they could subvert their own desires to please others and so find themselves exploited.
  • Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is useful for untenable negative feelings like jealousy, envy, suspicion, hatred and revenge, states that need more loving.
  • Walnut (Juglans regia) is used to smoothen transitional periods like teething, adolescence, puberty and menopause as this brings emotional stability. It helps to break past links, adjust to new beginnings, like new jobs, new residence, cultures and also relationships.

Uncertainty:

  • Cerato (Ceratostigma willmottianum) is used for those patients who have doubts on their decision making and judgmental skills. They persistently seek advice from others as they feel they are being ill-advised.
  • Gentian (Gentianella amarella) is for those who are easily discouraged. Even small setbacks result in self doubt, hesitation and dejection.
  • Gorse (Ulex europaeus) is for those undergoing feelings of despair, futility and hopelessness.
  • Hornbeam ((Carpinus betulus) is meant for those suffering from acute Monday morning like blues as they feel listless and want to put off doing anything. They feel their physical and mental state needs a fillip.
  • Scleranthus (Scleranthus annuus) is meant for the indecisive who seem to dither between choices, sometimes one seems right then the other and the first again. They are troubled by mood swings and energy.
  • Wild Oats (Bromus ramosus) is for those who are unhappy with their career choice or lifestyle but don’t know what career they wish to pursue exactly.