2009, ik zat gisteren in de trein, het is oktober en buiten zijn prachtige herfstkleuren. Ik mijmerde over het afgelopen jaar, herinnerde de lente en ineens wist ik, ik wil een blog over rozen maken.
Foto's, gedichten, wetenswaardigheden.

Als jong meisje las ik een boek over Gertrude Stein en was geraakt door de woorden

a rose is a rose is a rose

Een cryptische zin die zoiets wil zeggen als: de roos verwijst naar niets anders dan zichzelf, voor eeuwig en voor altijd.

Rozen en bloemen, ze zijn via de liefde, liefdesbrieven en liefdesgedichten tot metaforen van taalraadsels geworden. Niet alleen Gertrude Stein wees ons hierop, ook Mallarmé gebruikte het beeld van een bloem – nog iets algemener dan de roos – als voorbeeld voor het abstraherende karakter van taal. In een prozagedicht schreef hij dat met de uitspraak ‘une fleur!’, alle contouren van die ene bloem naar de vergetelheid worden verbannen, en iets anders dan alle bekende bloemen ontstaat, namelijk de idee van de bloem.

zaterdag 14 november 2009

Rose essential oil

Steam distilled essential oil of rose petals is a great luxury. Otto is the term used to differentiate the steam distilled variety from the 'Absolute'. This otto is bright, alive, and richly floral and complex. It is from the Bulgarian 'damask' Rose, cultivated since the 16th century, which is considered to produce the finest quality essence.
In aromatherpay applications, the Otto is more potent than the Absolute, and an even smaller amount is needed. Some perfumers consider that even fractions of a percent can do wonders. This is the oil of love, that has many psychological and physiological applications.
The Rose Absolute is deeper - more middle note than high - both are very intriguing. For all therapeutic uses, we highly recommend this Rose Otto. For simple aromatic uses and perfumery, where a true Rose flower aroma is desired, we recommend our wonderful Absolute. Rose Otto is considered the essential oil with the highest vibration used in aromatherapy today.
The essential oil is a pale yellow liquid that will form white or clear crystals at a temperature of around 70 degrees F. The oil will solidify into an opaque paste at even cooler temperatures. This completely natural, and is indicative of a pure steam distillate of rose petals. By holding the bottle between your hands, the oil will soon warm and return to a completely liquid state.
There is perhaps no better essential oil for women and men than Rose oil for use in treating conditions of the reproductive system. It is highly valued in formulas for mature, dry and sensitive skin, and its tonic action on the heart appears to help relieve cardiac congestion, improve sluggish circulation, and tone the capillaries.
The aroma of this oil is light yet tenacious, intoxicating even to some - it should be noted, however, that the Otto may not immediately strike one of the smell of roses - it is an aroma unto itself - again, the Absolute is more accurate to the full aroma of the flower. However, Rose Otto is considered the more 'therapeutic' of the two - it may bring balance and harmony, perhaps helping one overcome insecurities. Rose can be elevating to the mind and spirit, being considered the premier essential oil for opening the heart chakra, allowing heart centered contact and outlook.
The scent is sweet, rich, and floral - exclusive to the extract of history's most revered flower. Though the rose is renown for its fragrance, the flower actually contains very little aromatic oil by weight. Some 60,000 roses are needed to distill a single ounce of oil, or about 60 roses PER DROP, a fact which brings the seemly high cost of rose oil into perspective.
Rose oil is a gentle tonic for the heart, with the key to Rose's psychological properties being its effect on the center of emotional being. Rose calms and supports the heart, helping to nourish 'heart-yin' and restore a sense of well-being. The flower has been considered great in its ability to heal emotional wounds by bringing warmth to the soul.
Rose essential oil was first distilled by the Arabic Physician Avicenna, who wrote an entire book on its many healing properties. Rose makes a great skin oil for all skin types, and especially for dry, sensitive, or aging skin - for this we recommend a 1-3% dilution in Jojoba oil, or a carrier oil combination that best suits your skin type. Rose otto is also considered strongly anti-viral, and has been used successfully to treat herpes legions.

Steam distilled rose can be utilized in a number of ways; it is very gentle, being suitable for use on the skin 'neat', in massage oil, and in a bath, as well as in a diffuser. As a perfume, the absolute can be worn directly on the skin – its 'tenacious' quality will have the aroma slowly released for many hours. For therapeutic use for the emotions, a dilution of 10% of in jojoba oil is often used, being massaged into the heart area – a diffuser is very effective for this purpose as well. The absolute can also be added in small amounts to any skin cream, though using a home-made natural recipe is often the nicest.

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