9 Amazing Uses And Benefits Of Rose Essential Oil plus DIY Recipes

How we feel after inhaling the scent of a fresh rose shouldn’t surprise us since rose oil is well known for its many therapeutic uses.

Distilled from the petals of one of the most recognizable and valuable flowers on the planet, rose essential oil is a true prize to have in your essential oil arsenal.

From aromatherapy to topical applications, rose essential oil has many uses that can benefit your physical and mental health.

Be sure to read to the end for the difference between Rose Otto, Rose Absolute, and Rose Hydrosol plus DIY recipes.

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9 Amazing Uses And Benefits Of Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil can be applied straight to your skin, used in a diffuser, or combined with a carrier oil.

It’s a very versatile oil and can be combined with other complementary oils such as Bergamot, Chamomile Roman, Clove, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang.

You can buy Rose oil from Young Living, Doterra, Simply Earth, and even Amazon. 

1) Helps Relieve Depression

Roses have long been prized for their scent, and the floral aromas have graced gardens and bouquets for centuries for a good reason.

The smell of a fresh rose automatically lifts my spirits.

What about you?

Rose essential oil has been proven to decrease depression symptoms and elevate mood in many people.

Recent research shows that this potent essential oil can help those suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety, as well.

If you are looking for a pick-me-up try adding rose essential oil to your room diffuser or just take a few whiffs from the bottle to lift your spirits.

You could even put a few drops on your diffuser necklace such as the one I found on Amazon

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2) Boosts Your Immune System

Not only can the floral scent elevate your mood when you are feeling poorly, but this essential oil’s ability to protect against viruses of all types makes it a must-have in your home.

Rose oil’s properties include antiviral compounds that can help your immune system resists viral invaders, which can come in handy during cold and flu season.

3) Protects And Nourish Your Skin

Roses have been a staple ingredient in skin-care products for decades.

In addition to providing excellent protection against microbes on your skin, though, rose essential oil can also help protect and heal the skin.

Rose essential oil also helps your skin absorb other nutrients and skin-care products, which can help when you are trying to heal dry or chapped skin.

Adding just a few drops of rose essential oil to your favorite moisturizer is an excellent way to boost its effectiveness.

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Rose essential oil has many benefits from skin care to helping you deal with stress.

4) Helps Eliminate And Prevent Acne

The bacteria responsible for acne can be treated with rose essential oil, making it an excellent resource for eliminating and preventing blemishes.

Dab rose essential oil onto acne using a cotton swab up to three times per day.

If your skin seems irritated by this oil, you can dilute it with a carrier oil of your choice.

5) Relieves Menstrual Cramps And Pain

Used alone or combined with other oils like lavender, cinnamon, and clove oil, rose essential oil can be used as a massage oil (with a carrier oil) on your stomach to help relieve cramps.

Rose oil used along with other oils can also help relieve symptoms of PCOS.

6) Increases Your Libido

Since Rose essential oil decreases anxious feelings, it can also help treat sexual dysfunction caused by stress and anxiety.

Rose essential oil may also play a role in regulating the hormones that increase sexual desire, making it an aphrodisiac for many.

Try adding a few drops of rose to a diffuser in your bedroom.  


Rose Essential oil benefits and uses.

7) Lowers Inflammation

If you have a fever, infection, or upset stomach, rose essential oil can be used to lower the inflammation that may be contributing to your symptoms.

Rose essential oil has been used to treat disorders such as gout, arthritis, fever, and other rheumatism disorders.

8) Stops Infection

Treat wounds by adding rose essential oil to your wound-care routine.

The antiseptic properties of rose essential oil make it excellent for treating wounds of all types, and because it also lowers inflammation and boosts mental state, it should be included in your first aid kit along with lavender essential oil.

9) Stop Bleeding Fast

Rose essential oil is well-known for its astringent properties.

Astringents are applied topically to the skin and work by causing the blood vessels to suddenly tighten.

By applying rose essential oil to a cut, you can dramatically reduce the amount of bleeding quickly.

Rose Otto Oil and Rose Absolute Essential Oil are different. Learn how they are.

What’s The Difference Between Rose Otto and Rose Absolute

Pure Rose essential oil is one of the more expensive essential oils and you will often find 2 different types when you start looking for some to purchase.

The different types are Rose Otto or Rose Absolute and they vary in aroma, color, and price.

 I’ll attempt to give you a brief explanation but be sure to read more on the website wherever you purchase your Rose Oil.

I’ve found both at Plant Therapy at reasonable prices plus they provide test results to show the purity of their oils.  

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This oil is made with an organic solvent that draws out the aromatic portion of the petals. 

The aromatic liquid produced becomes rose absolute.

The process yields more oil there for it is less expensive than Rose Otto. 

It tends to be a darker oil and actually the preferred oil to make perfume because of his intense rose aroma.


Rose Absolute is known for its calming properties, helping to soothe emotions and bring calm.

It can promote relaxation before sleep when diffused or applied topically diluted in a carrier oil.

It is extremely useful in skin rejuvenation, as rose oil counteracts the visible signs of aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping smooth skin.

Rose Absolute is also reputed to help with the “power surges” suffered by many women going through the normal change of life.

Note: Rose Absolute is generally safe for kids but please check with the oil company you purchase from.

Rose Otto

It is a hydro distilled oil which means the rose petals were slowing heated in pure water and the resulting oil released is then cooled and collected.  

The water that is left is called Rose Hydrosol and also has many uses.

Rose Otto is typically a pale yellow color with a gentle aroma.

It differs from Rose Absolute because of the extraction method and its ability to solidify at 68 degrees F.

You can buy it diluted or undiluted. 


Its therapeutic properties are used to heal dry & reddened skin, comfort the mind during times of extreme stress & sadness, or used to create perfume.

Only a little is necessary to get its benefits.

Note: Rose Otta is not recommended for kids

What About Rose Hydrosol?

I first heard about Rose hydrosol when Simply Earth had it in their subscription box. Hydrosol is made from the byproduct in the essential oils making process

When the essential oil is separated from the water, that leftover water is the hydrosol. 

It contains the same benefits as the essential oils but in a much less concentrated form. Since it is water-based instead of oil, it’s PERFECT for recipes that involve water!

This budget-friendly mix smells amazing and is very moisturizing.

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DIY Recipes Using Rose Essential Oil

There are many ways you can use rose essential oil by itself or with other oils in a diffuser, roller bottle, lotion, or even in the wax melter. Discover your favorite way to use it with some of these recipes.

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Wax Molds Using Essential Oils

You can use this recipe to make your own wax molds to use in an electric wax melter.

It’s a versatile recipe that allows you to make your own scent to fragrance your home.  Plant Therapy’s Rose Absolute is kid-safe and perfect for this recipe.

What you need:

  • 2 oz Beeswax Pearls
  • 3 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 30 Drops Rose Absolute Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil
  • Silicone Mold

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, then add the Fractionated Coconut Oil and stir to combine.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the Rose Absolute, Bergamot, and Cedarwood Himalayan.
  3. Pour into the silicone mold and allow it to cool completely.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
  5. When you’re ready to use, add one or two wax molds to your wax melter and enjoy the beautiful aroma!

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DIY Floral Bath Soak Recipe

This wonderful bath soak was created by Anabha at The Beauty Gypsy.

What you need:

  • 3 Cups Himalayan pink salt
  • 3 Cups Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Rose Petals
  • 3 Drops Glycerin
  • 1/2 Tsp Rose Absolute Essential Oil

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix together Himalayan pink salt, Epsom salts, baking soda, rose petals, glycerin, and rose absolute oil.
  2. Add the blend to a warm bath, then slip into the tub and relax.

Rose And Clay Mask Recipe

  • 1 tsp of French Green Clay
  • 2 tsp of Rose Hydrosol

Wound Healer Roller Blend

Mix up this blend and roll on wounds or cuts to help them heal faster.

What you need:

  • 10 ml Roller Bottle
  • 7 Drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
  • 7 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine rose, lavender, tea tree oils in roller bottle.
  2. Fill the rest of the way with coconut oil.
  3. Rub on wounds and cuts liberally.

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PCOS Relief Blend Master Blend

To help relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) combine Rose oil with clary sage, geranium, sandalwood, cypress, cinnamon, frankincense, German chamomile, and myrrh.

This master blend by Aspen at  The Miracle of Essential Oils can be used as a foot massage oil, roller blend, castor oil pack, or in your diffuser.

What You Need For This Master Blend

  • 20 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops German Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Myrrh Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Cypress Essential Oil
  • 7 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • 1 oz amber glass dropper bottle

What you’ll do:

  1. Carefully drop all the essential oils mentioned above into your amber glass dropper bottle.
  2. Once that’s done, screw on the cap securely and keep in a cool dark place for 5 days to allow all the oils to synergize together.
  3. When 5 days are up, your DIY essential oil blend for PCOS is ready for use.

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Romance Room Spray Recipe

This great smelling blend can be used in your diffuser or as a room spray.

What you need:

  • 5 Drops Rose Absolute Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Patchouli Essential Oil
  • 2Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 2 Tsp Alcohol

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine the oils above in a bottle to make a master blend. 
  2. To make a 2-ounce room spray, mix 60 drops of the above blend with 2 ounces of distilled water or witch hazel.
  3. Shake well and spray upward into the air.

DIY Wrinkle Smoothing Serum

This combination of oils helps with skin tightening. Its thin consistency absorbs nicely.

What you need:

  • 1 oz Rosehip Seed Oil
  • 1/2 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 4 Drops Sandal Wood Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
  • 2 oz amber glass dropper bottle

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 2 oz amber glass dropper bottle.
  2. Place 2-3 drops between your palms, rub together and gently apply on your face, concentrating on the area under your eyes, cheeks, and around your mouth.

How To make Rose Essential Oil - DIY Recipe

How To Make Your Own Rose Essential Oil

If buying Rose essential oil isn’t in your budget you can still get the benefits of this oil by making your own.

Of course, this DIY Rose Oil isn’t as powerful as using Rose Absolute or Rose Otto but will work perfectly for perfume or a rosewater body spray.

Aileen at Lavendaire has an easy tutorial for making your own rose oil.

You can then use the oil to make your own rose water body spray.


Step 1: Bring a pot of water to a boil, then remove the heat.

Step 2: Prepare 1 cup of organic rose petals (2-3 roses). Shred the rose petals.

Step 3: Pour 1 cup grapeseed oil into a glass jar. (Jojoba or olive oil works too)

Step 4: Swirl the petals into the oil.

Step 5: Cover the jar and place it into the hot water. Warming the oil helps release the scent from the petals.

Step 6: When the water cools, remove the jar.

Step 7: Let the jar sit for 24 hours or longer (for stronger results).

Step 8: (optional): Use a sieve to separate the rose petals from the oil.
 Keep this beautifully scented yet powerful essential oil on hand to help treat all types of disorders and to keep your home smelling wonderful.

Homemade Natural Lip Balm

Lip Balm Recipe

Maryjane at Mamacharming.com has a simple recipe for making lip balm. You can use any essential oil of your preference but she loves Rose essential oil.

Read her post for detailed directions.

What you need:

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Beeswax –get it here
  • 1 tsp Apricot Kernel Oil –get it here (you could substitute almond or argan oil)
  • 20 Drops Rose Essential Oil 

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt 1 Tbsp coconut oil and 1 Tbsp beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Let it cool for a few minutes
  3. Add in 1 tsp apricot kernel oil and about 20 drops of your rose or your favorite essential oil.
  4. Pour into tubes (like these). You can also use a small tin (like these) or recycle a lip balm tube. 
  5. Let harden and enjoy!

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