Rose was one of the first essential oils that Sylla worked with in her practice. It is also one that holds a deep emotional resonance for her, being a comfort during a time of deep grieving. 

Therapeutically, Rose is an oil that can be good for practically everything. It can be helpful in skin-care blends, balancing hormones, cardiovascular issues, stress, migraines, emotional disorders, and lots more.

This month in the Inner Sanctum, Rose is our featured essential oil. We’ve included a sneak peek here, so you can get a sense of what we’ve got going on in our new membership.

In this video, you will learn:

  • The difference between Rose Otto and Rose absolutes
  • How chemistry affects the oil
  • How Sylla used Rose to treat emotional issues
  • Why it’s good to vary oils during difficult times


Below we’ve also included an abbreviated profile of Rose (for the full video and profile, join the Inner Sanctum Membership).

Rose Exploration

Common name: Rose
Botanical name: Rosa damascena

Part of the Rosaceae family, there are many variations of Rosa damascena. The big areas of production are Bulgaria and Turkey, and other names for it include Summer Rose, Bulgarian Rose, Turkish Rose, Otto of Rose, and Attar. Rose Otto is the oil, and the absolute is a thicker, richer-smelling extract. When you hear the name Rose Otto, you’ll know it’s the essential oil.

Rosa centifolia is another species that produces a much lighter oil. It comes from a lot of different places, and Sylla’s sample is from Russia.

In the Otto, stearoptene levels are up to 22%. These constituents are the more solid parts of the oil, which can cause the Otto to solidify at about room temperature. There are also monoterpenols in the Otto, along with geraniol and citronellol—up to 45%. The percent of phenylethyl alcohol is not as high in the Otto as it is in the absolute. The phenylethyl alcohol, or PEA, is what produces that very rosy, floral scent. A lot of people prefer the absolute for this reason.

Drawing these samples up in the pipette, you can see that the Damask Rose has a beautiful color. It is clear, which is very similar to the centifolia. The absolute is a little thicker, darker, and richer. Some of the colors will come through with the absolute because it’s solvent-extracted. You can blend the two together, so you get the best of both.

So we’d love to know:

  • Do you have a preference between the steam-distilled Rose or the Rose Absolute? Why?
  • What are your favorite ways to use Rose?

Leave us a comment with your answers and let’s keep this conversation going!

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