Popularly known as Rose Otto, this essential oil is extracted from the petals of one of the rarest flowers on earth, the Bulgarian rose, Damascena, which is grown only in the Rose Valley of Kazanlak ("the place of stills"). Its history runs as far back as the 13th Century where the crusaders brought these roses to France from Damascus. In the 16th century, the Ottoman merchants popularized it in the Balkan countries including Bulgaria.
Rose Bulgarian essential oil comes in the purest form without additives, preservatives or chemicals and contains a wide range of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and important minerals. Also, researchers have discovered a number of therapeutic compounds that promote healing, contained in the oil.
From the thousands of blossoms picked in the early dawning hours, ounces of concentrated essential oils are extracted, and with just a few drops, Rose Otto can cast its magical spell on your skin. With the deep, potent fragrance it emits, Rose Otto resides in a very special place in the hearts of aromatherapy lovers across the globe, and owing to the multitude of its health and cosmetic benefits listed below, Rose Otto is regarded one of the most valuable essential oils in the world.
Many naturally occurring therapeutic compounds: citronellol - a mosquito repellant; eugenol an antioxidant; citral - necessary for Vitamin A synthesis; carvone - a digestive aid; citronellyl acetate - which gives the special aroma; methyl eugenol - an antiseptic and anesthetic; and nerol - an aromatic antibiotic compound, all give the unique blend to the Rose Otto and which contribute to its benefits.
Rose Otto drives anxiety and depression away, treats inflammation, has anti-viral properties, cures convulsions and spasms in the respiratory system and bowels, improves sexual health, strengthens gums and hair roots, kills bacteria, purifies blood by neutralizing toxins, facilitates menstruation, is good for liver health, alleviates many stomach disorders and reduces blood pressure.
Bulgarian Rose Oil is used in cosmetics. It improves acne, fades any type of scar away, has anti-microbial powers, opens up the skin for more nutrients, moisturizes dry skin, refines the texture of skin, controls diseases like psoriasis and dermatitis, and inhibits pigmentation and discoloration of the skin.