Another study in Current Microbiology had similar findings. Antioxidant and antibacterial activities as well as total phenolic content were investigated in three rose extracts: absolute, essential oil and hydrosol. Rose absolute and essential oil ranked highest in phenolic content and expressed exceptional antibacterial qualities against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Erwinia carotovora and Chromobacterium violaceum. However, keep in mind that absolute or essential oil distillates should not be ingested without the guidance of a trained practitioner.
Additionally, since rose oil as well as hydrosol extractions are anti-inflammatory and contain significant levels of vitamin C, both are useful in calming skin conditions such as rosecea, eczema, sun damage and premature aging when applied topically.
Rose oil has been shown to be effective against nervous system disorders as well. Research published in Natural Product Communications compared the results of 40 healthy volunteers who were given either a placebo or transdermally administered rose oil. According to the study:
"Compared to placebo, rose oil caused significant decreases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation and systolic blood pressure, which indicate a decrease of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the rose oil group rated themselves as more calm, more relaxed and less alert than subjects in the control group."
The team believes these findings indicate a possible avenue for relieving the mental disturbances of stress, depression and anxiety.
*Please note: Due to the high rate of pesticide use on commercially grown roses, it is important to source only organic flowers, oils and hydrosols.
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