Rose essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from the Rosa damascena plant, it contains the flower’s aromatic compounds. Because these compounds are thought to possess healing properties, rose essential oil is used for a number of health-related purposes.
Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that inhaling essential oil or absorbing it through the skin transmits signals to the limbic system (a region of the brain responsible for emotions and memories). Studies have suggested that doing so can induce physiological effects, including a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration as well as an increase in “feel-good” hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
Others believe that it can act a natural antidepressant, relieve symptoms of arthritis and gout, or treat spasmodic disorders like asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Most of these claims, however, are poorly supported by research.