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The delicate Rose petals from Belgium are unsprayed and the Geranium from South Africa is organic. This rare combination has all the qualities of both the soft and intriguing Rose and the slightly woody and uplifting Geranium. Co-distilled means that they take part Rose Petals and part Geranium, distilling them together, creating an amazing synergy. I would describe it as a rich and heady aroma and slightly spicy. The color of the oil is a surprising dark green. It's beautiful!
Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
Rose Otto (Rosa x damascena) has the most diverse therapeutic properties of all essential oils. A few of the traditional uses of this wonderful essential oil are:
- Hormone balancing during menopause
- Cooling for hot flashes (can also mist the hydrosol)
- Purifying the reproductive system
Rosa x damascena can also be emotionally uplifting and used as a tonic for the nervous system, along with helping to support the relief of tension, irritability, headache, and constipation. Rosa x damascena is a very complex essential oil with more than 300 chemical compounds. It takes approximately 60,000 roses to produce one ounce of Rose Otto Essential Oil or to put it another way, 4,000 kg of flowers yield 1 kg. of Rose Otto Essential Oil. Rose always has and continues to be, a symbol of love and beauty.
Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum)
Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) originates from South Africa and has many wonderful skin and nervous system properties. Geranium Essential Oil is ideal for helping us become more in touch with the creative side of our minds. The essential oil provides a delightful aroma that is described as one of the "mothering" personalities - a person who is always ready to take care of someone or something and is easy to be around! When I put a few drops of this co-distilled essential oil into my face mask, my skin feels slightly tingly and very alive. I love this feeling as it is an excellent emollient, softening and hydrating. Try putting a few drops into unscented lotion.
Andrea Butje from Aromahead Institute has contributed this recipe:
- 6 drops of Rose and Geranium (Rosa x damascena/pelargonium x asperum) Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil
- 1 drop of Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. Genuina) Essential Oil
- 1 oz. of Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 1 Glass Jar
- 1 Glass Stir Rod
Directions: Blend the essential oils in 1 oz. of coconut oil, stirring with a glass stir rod to combine. Enjoy this for after sun exposure or just for an everyday skin nourishing treat. 1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
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