The Secrets of Rose: Chemical Focus

1 Posted by - July 17, 2016 - Oil Science

Thanks to a number of powerful constituents, rose essential oil is particularly beneficial for anyone struggling with various skin ailments. Geraniol and nerol are two of rose essential oils’ primary constituents that are often used in beauty and skin care products. Here’s a quick look at the soothing effects of both geraniol and nerol, as well as several beauty ailments they can help treat.


With its beautiful, yet not overwhelming floral scent, geraniol is often found in fragrances. However, it does much more than just make you smell good. For example, according to a study conducted over a 17-year period at the University of Florida, it is the perfect alternative to synthetic pesticides because of its powerful ability to repel insects [1]. It can also be used to help heal existing insect bites and put an end to itching. Essentially, it can help prevent the ugly red welts that form after an insect bite and promote healing in any bites that you already have. In addition, geraniol has been shown to be effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles [2]. As a result of it astringent qualities, it prompts contractions in the skin that cause the look of wrinkles to fade away after being used for a couple of weeks.


Nerol has a long history of being used to prevent and treat various skin problems. It has been shown to guard your skin against harmful bacterial infections that often result in acne, as well as support the health of your current skin cells and enhance the production of new cells [3]. This leaves the skin suppler by adding to its elasticity, which reduces the appearance of varicose veins and wrinkles. It also is known as a powerful cicatrisant, which plays an important role in fading away stretch marks, scars, and other marks left by wounds, accidents, or even skin disorders, such as acne.





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