19 Surprising Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

The health benefits of Rose essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogic, cicatrizant, depurative, emmenagogue, hemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervine, stomachic, and a uterine substance.

Roses are widely considered the most beautiful flowers in the world. This flower is an integral part of innumerable stories, legends, myths, and legacies. People who do not know about any of its medicinal properties can still tell you about one undeniable property; a beautiful, red rose can invoke romantic feelings in even the hardest of hearts.

The essential oil of rose is extracted by steam distillation of fresh Damascus Rose (Rosa Damascena, as it is known among botanists) and is composed of hundreds of components, out of which the major contributors are citronellol, citral, carvone, citronellyl acetate, eugenol, ethanol, farnesol, stearpoten, methyl eugenol, nerol, nonanol, nonanal, phenylacetaldehyde, phenylmethyl acetate, and phenyl geraniol. Damascus Roses are the preferred variety because they are the most fragrant species and are believed to be the original red roses with the strongest aroma and highest oil content.

Health Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

We know about the emotional and psychological effects of rose. More importantly, let’s explore some of the medicinal and health benefits of rose essential oil below.

Fights Depression

Rose oil boosts self-esteem, confidence, and mental strength while efficiently fighting depression. They can be very helpful in driving away depression and anxiety. As an antidepressant, rose oil can be given to patients with acute depression or those undergoing rehabilitation to bring positivity into their lives.

Sedates Inflammation

Rose essential oil may calm down a patient with high fever by sedating the inflammation. It can also be beneficial in other cases of inflammation caused by microbial infection, ingestion of poisonous materials, indigestion, and dehydration. This can result in reduction of associated conditions like rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and fever.

Treats Wounds

This is the most fragrant and luxurious way to treat wounds; imagine treating wounds with oils of rose instead of ordinary antiseptic lotions. Topically applying rose oil to wounds helps to protect them from becoming septic and developing infections.

Antispasmodic Properties

Rose essential oil efficiently relieves spasms in the respiratory system and intestines, as well as muscular spasms in various limbs. It also helps to cure convulsions, muscle pulls, cramps and spasmodic cholera caused due to spasms.

Protects Against Viruses

Getting protected from viruses or getting yourself vaccinated against all of them is a tough task since some of them continue to mutate and trick our immune system, like an old friend who gives you a cold or influenza. The solution to this is to use an antiviral agent that behaves as a shield against any type of virus. Rose essential oil is one such shield, and studies have shown that it protects against many types of infections.


From Cupid himself to modern day’s high tech lovers, everyone knows how indispensable roses are in the romantic department. The basic element is the essential oil of the flower. The very scent of it can arouse you, and it boosts the libido while invoking romantic feelings which are essential for a successful sex life. This can reduce symptoms of sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, and general disinterest in sexual activity with partners.

Astringent Properties

The astringent property of rose oil has many benefits. It strengthens gums and hair roots while toning and lifting skin and contracting muscles, intestines, and blood vessels. It protects against the untimely loss of teeth and hair, wrinkles, the loss of firmness of intestines and muscles of the abdominal area and limbs associated with aging. Above all, rose essential oil helps to stop the flow of blood from wounds and cuts by contracting the blood vessels. This astringent property can also cure certain types of diarrhea.

Eliminates Bacteria

It is a good bactericide. It can be used in the treatment of typhoid, diarrhea, cholera, food poisoning, and other diseases which are caused by bacteria. Furthermore, it can cure internal bacterial infections like those in the colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract, as well as external infections on the skin, ears, eyes, and wounds.

Skin Care

This property of rose essential oil can be of great interest for those who care a lot about their looks. It makes the scars and after marks of boils, acne, and the pox on the skin fade quickly. This includes the fading of stretch marks, surgery scars, and fat cracks associated with pregnancy and delivery. Much of this is due to the antioxidant activity of rose essential oil, which spurs on the healing processes of the skin.

Purifies the Blood

Rose essential oil purifies the blood by helping in the removal and neutralization of toxins. Once your blood is purified and free of toxins, you are protected from boils, rashes, ulcers, and skin diseases, as well as serious conditions that free radicals can cause, like cancer and heart diseases.

Eases Menstruation

It stimulates the hormone secretions which trigger menstruation. It is particularly effective for those suffering from obstructed and irregular menses. It also eases cramps, nausea, and fatigue while reducing the pain associated with menstruation and Post-menopausal Syndrome.

Prevents Excessive Bleeding

This property of the essential oil of rose can be very useful for people suffering from hemorrhaging (bleeding, external or internal) after an injury or surgery. This speeds up clotting and coagulation of blood and stops excessive bleeding.

Maintains Liver Health

Rose essential oil is good for the health of your liver. It keeps it strong, properly functioning, and protected from infections. It also treats problems like the excess flow of bile, acids, and ulcers.

Prevents Toxicity

There cannot be a laxative with a better scent than this, which is an ironic benefit for a laxative. It can serve as a harmless and effective laxative with a beautiful smell causing no adverse side effects. It also influences the intestinal and anal muscles to help clear bowels. This helps in losing weight and preventing excess toxicity in the body.

Relieves Anxiety

Rose essential oil acts as a tonic for the nerves. It gives them the strength to bear shock and protects them from disorders resulting from age and injuries. It will keep your hands from trembling and help you overcome your anxiety when saying those three magic words to your dream girl for the first time.roseoil

Reduces Stomach Disorders

Rose oil is a stomachic as well. It soothes the stomach, sedates inflammation, helps it function properly, and protects it from infections. It also protects you from ulcers which often develop due to overproduction and release of acids into the stomach. Excessive acid can lead to heartburn, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, excess gas, impacted bowels, and bloating.

Acts as Cholagogue

It promotes the flow of bile from the gallbladder and helps to regulate the acid levels in the stomach and the blood, thus keeping you safe from problems like acidity and acidosis. It also helps in the digestion of food, together with the acids secreted into the stomach. Improved digestion can reduce the chances of constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and even serious conditions like colorectal cancer.


Rose essential oil can take care of many feminine problems such as uterine discharge, tumors, bleeding, and irregular menses. It purifies the uterus as well and keeps it functioning properly even in the advanced age, thereby delaying menopause. By regulating menstruation, it is possible to eliminate the associated symptoms and problems of menstruation, including mood swings, hormonal imbalance, overeating, bloating, cramping, and excessive bleeding.

Other Benefits

It regulates hormone production and helps to balance them. It is one of the best oils to give you shining, fresh, and youthful skin. The aroma keeps you charged and feeling happy. It promotes circulation, takes care of the heart, reduces blood pressure, and helps to cure headaches, asthma, dehydration, leucorrhea, and other infections.

Word of Caution: It can eliminate headaches if used in mild concentrations, but its strong aroma can do just the opposite if a very high concentration is used. Being an emmenagogue, it should not be used during pregnancy, since there is no definite evidence of whether the effects of rose essential oil can be transferred to the fetus. It could possibly cause a miscarriage if taken in excess, so be careful before using it.

Blending: This essential oil blends well with Geranium, Jasmine, Clove, and Palma Rosa essential oils.

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nobody talk about using the oil, smell it or rub it or swallow it.??????????????

The genetic skin condition, sebaceous hyperplasia, has plagued me since puberty. I have found relief using pure rose water as a morning face wash spritz. Recently I began using rose hip seed oil, unrefined, as a moisturizer because my skin is so very sensitive; however, I know now that I need pure rose hip oil. I will also begin to use it internally for inflammation, et al. The rose hip seed oil added to a pot of water with a few tablespoons of salt and brought to a simmer and inhaled helped me get through chest congestion and coughing due to a particularly bad cold.

What a superb oil! Nobody can really hate rose fragrance, it's therapeutic effects are amazing - just a whiff of it can make an impression. But I notice that Bulgarian rose is the more widely used term for Damascus rose - or are they different?

How and where do you apply.

You can apply to VitaFlex points or to direct area of concern. You can mix with a carrier oil such as almond, grapeseed, coconut or you can apply a drop directly to your skin. Use caution during pregnancy.

Like your article on rose essential oil.very informative.

The Rose oil being explained here is it as regards to all Roses or is there

Other roses referred to? Again is the oil in question mixed with other products or simply extracted rose oil raw? I know rose is symbolic to many things including spiritualism.

Where does one buy this from? Is there a website? Is it expensive?

Where does one buy this from? Is there a website? Is it expensive?

Try ebay and be sure to get Therapeutic Grade, 100% pure steam-distilled organic Bulgarian Rose Oil.

Narender Singh Phartyal

Thumbs up for this miraculous oil.

Narender Singh Phartyal

Thumbs up for this miraculous oil.

Narender Singh Phartyal

Rose Essential Oil works well on alleviating stress, mental fatigue, depression, nervous ailments and many other problems.

Narender Singh Phartyal

Rose Essential Oil works well on alleviating stress, mental fatigue, depression, nervous ailments and many other problems.


You have an interesting take. I was actually impressed with how well the article was written prior to seeing your comment.

I'm sure it's an oil that has health benefits; but this info is really poorly written/inaccurate in some instances.


You have an interesting take. I was actually impressed with how well the article was written prior to seeing your comment.

Patricia Rhudy Cook

How do you use these oils? Do you ingest them? Apply them topically?

From everything I have read about the rose oils herbalists use, they are an aromatic. The chemicals are quite volatile and are easily absorbed into your system via mucous membranes. So, I guess, just smelling them is enough. Now, there are lots of teas out there that contin rose petals, and they are really nice. Also, lemon balm (melissa officinslis) and lavender are also anti-depressants and make wonderful tea.

Good i like kiss to all here xoxoxo

Amazing stuff! x

helpful, thanks

Carlene Chynee Austin

I going to try it.

Frog-Spirit Chartered Herbalist

A wonderful herb, fragrant blessing.

good info, I agree, but sounds like a miracle oil!

Mallie Venus Lucero

good info