With Valentines day coming up, you may be thinking of roses. While bouquets of fresh flowers are always appreciated, you may be looking for something with a longer lasting effect. In this blog post I’m going to tell you all about the benefits of rose oil and why it makes such a treasured gift. 

Rose oil comes from the petals of the flower, and can be used from many different types. There are two different extraction methods to obtain rose oil, stem extraction and solvent extraction. Despite the fact it can be costly, rose oil is widely popular in aromatherapy and can often be found in perfumes. The flower has oriental roots, but was used globally throughout history. From Ancient Egypt to European Monasteries, roses have been admired for centuries. 

Why do we associate roses with love? One story alleges that rose oil was first discovered in India by Shah Jahan, who is known in history for commissioning the building of the Taj Mahal. It is said that while rowing along a canal, Shah and his bride could smell the oils leaking from the roses in the sun. The oil was then extracted and made into perfume. Whether it is a beautiful legend or true story, roses have a long history with romance. 

So what are the benefits to the skin? As an anti-inflammatory oil, rose is said to reduce redness and swelling of the skin. It contains antioxidants which help with tissue and cell regeneration, which is why it was used throughout history in medicine. In aromatherapy, rose oil is used to aid restful sleep, reduce stress levels and may even relieve menstrual cramping. 

With all these incredible benefits it is easy to see why rose is such a popular scent. Despite its floral roots, rose can be spiced up or sweetened, making it extremely versatile in perfumes. So perhaps when you buy them that bouquet this valentines day, add a rose fragrance for a present that keeps on giving. 

*Valentines hampers can still be made for collection in store, please contact us at orders@scentandcolour, or message us on Facebook or Instagram for more details

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