She requires a lot of care and she is super delicate. Rose is a smooth operator though. She is high-maintenance because she can be. She has so many wonderful components and benefits that she earns every last cent! She is like gold but she makes her own money!
It can take up to 600 bushels, or up to 36,000 pounds! of rose petals to make 1 pound of rose oil. 😮 🌹 This is one of the reasons that pure rose essential oil is so expensive. Luckily, there is also rose absolute oil. It still takes a lot of rose petals to make an absolute, but not as many. An absolute is made by solvent extraction.
How solvent distraction works is the plant material is mashed up and mixed with some type of solvent, usually a chemical substance like hexane or benzene. These chemicals attract the essential oil out of the plant material. Then the oil and the chemical are separated.
While it's true that some of the solvent may still be left in the oil, many in the perfume industry and some aromatherapists like absolutes because they are less expensive and easier to obtain. Rose essential oil is one of the highest vibrating essential oils, and it has
many therapeutic benefits. One of the many benefits is it's healing affect on the skin. Rose is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, as well as an astringent. It has healing qualities that are great for aging skin.
Another great benefit of rose oil is that it is a CNS (Central Nervous System) sedative, so it is
calming and soothing for the mind. You could try using rose essential oil in a bath, and get the benefits of both its stress-relieving qualities and its skin-healing attributes!
Rose essential oil may also be helpful for balancing hormones during PMS and menopause. Instead of a warm bath, using it in a cooling mist may help soothe hot flashes.
There is more...the fruit of the rose. Rose hips are the fruit of the rose and contain its seeds. Rose hips are very high in Vitamin C. You can use them in cooking and medicinal remedies. You can often find rose hips made into a tasty tea.