October 11, 2015

By Diane Perkins

The Magic of Rosehip Oil

Rose essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from the Rosa damascena plant, it contains the flower's aromatic compounds. Because those compounds are thought to possess healing properties, rose essential oil is used for a number of health-related purposes.

 

How Does Rose Essential Oil Work?

According to aromatherapy practitioners, inhaling essential oil molecules, or absorbing essential oils through the skin, transmits messages to the limbic system — a brain region responsible for controlling emotions and influencing the nervous system.

 

These messages are believed to affect biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

 

Why Do People Use Rose Essential Oil?

When applied directly to skin, skin care products containing rose essential oil are purported to hydrate dry skin, clear acne, reduce signs of aging, minimize the appearance of scars, and help with conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

 

Rose essential oil is typically touted as an aromatherapy remedy for the following health concerns:

 

Anxiety

Depression

Headache

Menopausal symptoms

Menstrual cramps

Migraine

In addition, rose essential oil is said to enhance libido, reduce stress, stimulate circulation, sharpen memory, and boost mood.


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