The rose is not called the ”Queen of Flowers” by accident. Its celestial fragrant petals not only brings joy and ecstasy to the eyes but also have healing properties. One of the oldest and the most beautiful types of roses are told to be brought in Europe from Asia after the Second Crusade by the French crusader Robert de Brie. He was delighted by this flower’s beauty and decided to bring it to Europe, so everyone can admire its beauty. But, there is another, more scientific theory. Namely, this plant is a hybrid of R. moschata x R. gallica crossed with the Rosa fedtschenkoana. Rosa Damascena grows in the form of a small barberry plum of 1-2 meters height, with whitish, hairy leaves and pink blossoms of extremely fragrant odours, made up of 30 latices.

There are various types of this delightful flower, but we want to focus on one of the rarest and most amazing one – Bulgarian Rose Damascena and write about it in this article.

What is Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose)?

The flowers of the Bulgarian Rose, the rare and amazing type of Rosa Damascena, are known for their fine scent and are commercially used for rose oil which is used in cosmetics and perfumery as roses and “roses of concrete”. They are better known as “Rose Absolute” or “Rose Otto“. The Rose Valley of Kazanlak, known as the “Bulgarian Rose Valley”, is the only place where this plant is cultivated. This fact makes these products one of the most expensive and appreciated ones on the market.

The water and oil lines are used in cosmetics, medicine and perfumery. We are talking about high-quality products that are appreciated all over the world. They are a by-product of the steam distillation process, where oil from rose petals gets extracted from the surface.

Today, Bulgarian Rose Oil (Rose Otto) and Rose Water are most often used in cosmetics because of their magical properties on the skin. They simultaneously control and balance the production of sebum, which makes these products universal cleansers, suitable for both dry and oily skin. They also hydrate and maintain the pH balance of dry and sensitive skin. Thanks to their antibacterial properties, they successfully help skin to fight against acne. These are also very popular medicine for treating all types of dermatitis.

This Rose’s properties are diverse and very delicate. It gives energy, refreshes and moisturizes the skin, relieves skin rashes and allergies.

Beneficial properties of Bulgarian Rosa Damascena water and oil

  • stimulating, harmonizing and rejuvenating
  • digestion-stimulating and antiseptic
  • dermatology-grade
  • anti-aging and moisturizing
  • anti-inflammatory, acne-preventing, and balancing
  • therapeutic, cleansing, and detoxifying

No matter which one of these two great products made from Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) you decide to use, you won’t be wrong. You will do so much for your skin and overall health by using these fine and delicate products.

One of the most popular and healing plants is certainly the lavender. It has been used on multiple occasions for centuries and there is practically no home where lavender is not represented. People all over the world use it for its relaxing and therapeutic effects. It is even known for treating neurological problems, such as stress, anxiety or insomnia. The most practical use of this amazing purple plant is its essential oil. One of the reasons, besides its properties, is that this essential oil is one of the safest ones, meaning that it has the less possible contra effects on our organism. Parents are using this oil to treat small scrapes and cuts on their kids, it is very safe for them to use this essential oil.

Lavender essential oil is usually obtained from flowers, and they have a very distinct odor. Traditionally, it has been used for perfume making. Today, the oil is found in various forms, such as essential oil, lotion, soap. It is also highly appreciated in aromatherapy and many preparations have lavender oil in its composition. This unique oil is perfectly combined with other essential oils, such as sage, cedar, nutmeg.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

The health effects of the oil imply its ability to relieve pain, nervousness, tension, anxiety, nourish skin and hair and even act as a natural repellant. Here are some of the best-known benefits of this amazing plant’s oil:

1.Central nervous system

Lavender Essential oil has a calming scent that makes it great for anxiety and mood. In addition to the relaxation of the organism, it is excellent for migraine problems, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.

2. Insomnia

Lavender is recommended as an alternative remedy for insomnia since it acts on the autonomic nervous system. The oil can be poured onto the pillow, which will further alleviate the body, or immediately inhale a few drops before sleeping.

3. It relieves pain

Such as muscle cramps, rheumatism, lumbago, arthritis. It’s acting anti-inflammatory and soothing, eliminating pain and stiffness. Massage with the lavender oil also relieves muscle and bone pain. The essential oil is diluted in body milk or some basic oil and has been used for massage.

4. Respiratory problems

Effectively eliminates respiratory infections, flu, asthma, sinusitis, laryngitis, bronchitis and tonsillitis, pain and inflammation in the oral cavity. The oil can be inhaled. Inhalation can be dry or damp. In dry inhalation, 2-3 drops of essential oil of lavender are applied to the cotton wool and inhaled for several minutes, while wet inhalation is applied with boiling water in which a few drops of oil are accumulated.

5. Immunity

Antibacterial and antiviral properties of lavender oil simply make it an excellent ally against various diseases.

6. Digestive tract

Internal use of essential oil of lavender stimulates the digestion of food, increases the secretion of gastric juices. It also relieves stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea.

7. Skin Care

Lavender oil is well known for its antiseptic and antifungal effects. That’s why it is used to treat problems such as psoriasis, eczema and atopic or seborrheic dermatitis. It is also excellent in the treatment of dry, dehydrated skin, prone to borax. A couple of drops added to your day or night cream will be perfect. Your skin will be grateful to you.

Based on the experience of dermatologists and aromatherapists, it is the most appreciated oil for the treatment of skin which is prone to acne. Acne most commonly occurs when the sebum cannot be adequately excreted from the gland on the face, leading to increased secretion of the same and to frequent infections. All this makes a vicious circle of irritation, infections, inflammatory and painful processes on the face. The essential oil inhibits a bacteria that causes infection which destroys them, helping to regulate sebum and prevents the onset of scars when acne begins to retreat. By adding the oil to your lotion or cream, there will be visible improvements on the skin.

8. Hair Care

Lavender oil has proven to be very helpful in resolving hair loss and alopecia problems. By massaging the scalp, dandruff gets removed and hair growth is stimulated. It can be added to a hair shampoo or a conditioner for better care.

9. Repellant

Last, but not least, the oil is known as an excellent repellent, it is good in preventing the stings and biting of insects. It is also used to protect wardrobe cabinets. If it comes to stinging, this oil is the only oil that can be directly applied to the skin in an unbreakable form. The oil will exhibit anti-inflammatory effects and will reduce redness, pain and itching.

As with most essential oils, Lavender should not be used by pregnant women, nurses, diabetics and people allergic to it.