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information provided by Dr. Mercola
Rose absolute oil is derived from the flowering blooms of roses. The plants are a type of perennial shrub and is native primarily to the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Due to the popularity of the flower, there are now over 100 species of roses. The majority native native to Asia, but many come from North America, Europe, and northwest Africa.
There are two types of oil produced from roses: rose absolute oil and rose otto oil. They are actually used for the same purposes, but are produced differently. Rose otto is extracted through a gentle steam distillation process. It usually comes from the Damask rose and produces a sticky, pale yellow or olive green oil with a rich, spicy scent. Meanwhile, rose absolute oil is made via solvent extraction and is the cheaper of the two varieties. It is more viscous than rose otto. It also solidifies in cool temperatures, so try warming it in your hands before use. Rose absolute oil can come in either a reddish orange or olive green color, with a lighter floral scent.
Rose absolute oil can be used in aromatherapy, but consider diluting it in jojoba oil or vegetable oil prior to using, as it is very concentrated. You can use rose absolute oil to:
Diluted rose absolute oil can also be applied topically, such as in skin formulas. It can be added to creams, soaps, and lotions not only for its fragrance, but also for its mild antiviral and bactericidal properties.
Disclaimer: If you have allergies to essential oil please do not try this activity.