Exploring essential oils: Rose essential oil

No other flower has been exalted in literature, mythology and used for so many sacred purposes as the rose – Battaglia

Considering the above quote, I thought rose essential oil (damascena in particular) would be the perfect one to begin with since it so well loved, and one of my most blissfully favourite fragrances. I have a small bottle of it next to my desk to breath in when I need a pick me up.

It is also one of the most healing on the skin!

Rose essential oil cultivation…

rose-essential-oil-damascenaThe cultivation of rose damascena and the production of rose oil was introduced in Bulgaria in the 15th Century. Since rose petals are so fragile they have to be picked manually to minimise the loss of oil. Harvesting occurs between 5am and 10am because this is when the flowers open and the oil content is high.

4,000kg of rose petals produces 1kg of rose oil. Or 4kg of rose petals produces 1g of rose oil! Imagine that! That is a HUGE amount of beautiful roses considering how light they are!

Rose essential oil uses…

Skin – rose damascena essential oil is a beautiful softener while hydrating, stimulating and helps to repair broken capillaries, inflammation and skin redness. Rose water, the condensed steam from the rose oil distilling process, is very soothing and again mildly astringent. Our Rose Mister contains 95% organic rose water from Enio Bonchev in Italy.

Body – rose is a wonderful tonic for the uterus while purifying and regulating. I have also read that it can be very soothing around certain times of the month. It is also helpful for respiratory tract and digestive problems.

Psychologocial – rose damascena is believed to have a profound psychological effect, especially on our hearts. It soothes irritability, insomnia, anger, despair, frustration, fear and anxiety. It is also wonderful for sorrow, opening our hearts to friendship and empathy, and Mojay says it is the herb of love – healing emotional wounds and opening our hearts.

Our Hand Cream is the other product that has beautiful rose damascena in it, and at the moment I am playing with a perfume which is predominantly rose…it’s going to be magical!

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Random fact…

Self-indulgent Romans wore rose garlands at their feasts as a prevention against drunkenness!

What are your experiences with rose essential oil?

Magic Manuka Balm

The story behind our Magic Manuka Balm

Exciting news here at Bee Sensual. We have a new and amazing product – Magic Manuka Balm!

How it came to be?

The owner of Kauri Cliffs wanted to meet with me last year to develop a range of manuka products for their spa. He had used manuka honey with great success on a wound on his leg and is now a firm believer in it’s amazing properties.

I played around with ratios of honey to my organic balm and eventually settled on the perfect blend – 15% 10+ manuka honey with organic beeswax, organic almond oil and vitamin e oil.

He loved it and when I trialled it on myself it left my skin feeling AMAZINGLY soft and hydrated. I fell in love. Since it has such a high manuka content I decided it must be good for all sorts of things and I set to work testing my theory. Not long thereafter I fell off my bicycle and grazed my elbow well and truly on rough tar (long and not so lady-like story) – great testing opportunity!

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1) 30 September 15 – 2) 11 October 15 – 3) 04 May 16

I know, elbows aren’t that sexy, but hey we’re all about self love here, and these pictures really show you the amazingness of what the balm did. The balm is literally all I ever used on it. I taped it up every morning and evening with a gauze and a good helping of the balm and it never scabbed, dried up or got infected! I was sold.

magic-manuka-balm-bee-sensualI’ve used it on pimples with great success and one of my friends loves using it as a deeply nourishing cleansing mask. It tastes amazing too (I know from making it), but I didn’t say that 😉 I also recently heard it did great things for someone’s eczema. So I’m looking forward to more stories!

Basically the balm is wonderful for pimples, scars, wounds, rashes, eczema, massage and pretty much anything else. If you would like to read more about our magic manuka honey collected by our bees from the many stands of native bush in the beautiful Far North, head over to our Ingredients page.

To purchase – head over to our shop 🙂