|INCI: ||Rosa damascena|
|Flavouring according to EC regulation 1334/2008|
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TURKISH ROSERosa damascena (Rosacee)
Believed to have originated in Persia, Turkish rose (or Damask rose) is now cultivated in Morocco, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Russia, Iran, Italy, France, India and China. A small, thorny plant, it grows to a height of two and a half metres. It has light green dentate leaves and beautiful pink (or purple), fragrant flowers with thirty-six petals. Over 150 species of Damask rose are known.
The absolute oil of Turkish rose is obtained by solvent extraction of the fresh petals. It is an opalescent brown liquid with a peculiar perfume that's rosy, sweet, floral and intense, with a spicy, honeyish undertone. Due to its tendency to soften the head notes of composite fragrances it goes well with all other essential oils, but combines particularly well with the essential oils of Agarwood, Bergamot, Black pepper, Clary sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Matricaria camomile, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Benzoin absolute oil.
popular herbalist tradition)
The medicinal properties of the rose (a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent) have been celebrated since ancient times, and although its applications as a herbal remedy are extremely limited it has played an essential role in medicine since the Middle Ages and the works of Avicenna.
Rose oil has analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-tubercolotic, styptic, sedative, cleansing, cicatrizing and above all aphrodisiac properties. It has been the most noble, sought after and widely appreciated fragrance since the dawn of history.
Absolute oil of rose is a symbolic as well as a literal distillation of one of natureís most precious natural fragrances. It takes almost three kilograms of fresh rose petals to make just one gram of absolute oil (and three times as many petals again to produce the same quantity of essential oil).
Rose absolute is extensively used in fine fragrances, cosmetics and luxury soaps.