Absolute Rose Incense

Information on the use and history of Rose

There is evidence to show roses have existed for millions of years. It is generally believed that the Rosa Damascena originated in the Neolithic period as a hybridization of Rosa Gallica and Rosa Phoenicia – both of which have grown wild in Turkey for centuries. There is also evidence that rose oil was prepared as early as 400 B.C. by macerating roses in olive oil. Ancient carved tablets tell of roses growing in the gardens of King Midas near Ankara, in 700 B.C. The legends tell of his frustration with the “Golden Touch” when he touched his Roses and had them turn to gold. Anicenna, the 10th century Persian physician, used the rose as his first plant to distill and a rose distillery existed in 1612 in Shiraz, Persia. At the end of 17th century the oil-bearing rose was cultivated in Bulgaria.

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The flowers were distilled to obtain rose water and small quantities of attar, floating over the rose water could also be collected. In Iran, rosewater is used for a wide range of ailments, and it is often drunk every morning to boost the system. Damask rose oil soothes the mind and helps with depression, grief, nervous tension and stress and is helpful for poor circulation and heart palpitations. For the respiratory system Damask rose oil can assist in cases of asthma, coughs and hay fever. Damask rose oil gives a feeling of well-being and happiness, it helps a nervous mind and can be helpful for digestive problems. Rose petals were scattered at weddings to ensure a happy marriage and are still a symbol of love and purity and they are also used to aid meditation and prayer. The biggest Rose garden in the world can be found in Regents Park, London containing a wide assortment of traditional and hybrid roses.

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