Damask Rose Damask Rose, the source of the vast majority of Rose essential oils.

To complement our Bulgarian Rose Otto, we've added a very fine Turkish variety of the essential oil. With its lower demand, the oil also has a lower cost, though just as fine an aroma and therapeutic value. In fact, we all fell in love with it as soon as our stock arrived.

The Turkish Rose Otto has a beautiful, full, sweetly-floral aroma; compared to the Bulgarian, which is more subtle and soft. And while not from a certified organic source, the Rosa Damacena plant is very hearty, and does not require the use of pesticides or other sprays for its growth. It's one of those oils where "organic" doesn't make a significant difference in quality. In addition you'll now find a Moroccan Rose Absolute - a perfect complement to our Bulgarian, with lighter, sweeter notes which many folks will prefer.

Yarrow A butterfly resting on Yarrow flowers.

Also, we will have, by the end of the week, an organic Blue Yarrow essential oil from the same distiller who produces the Bulgarian Rose. (You may pre-order it now if you like from the Blue Yarrow essential oil page).


Yarrow's botanical name belies its historical use and therapeutic effects. "Achillea millefolium" speaks to its use by Achilles, the great Greek warrior, for healing of his wounds and that of his soldiers. As with other Blue oils, the oil becomes blue in the distillation process, as anti-inflammatory matracin turns to chamulzine.

Its synergy of therapeutic properties make it a first choice for wound healing in the initial stages. Battaglia, in "The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy" lists its among its therapeutic properties: anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic (alleviates or prevents rheumatism), antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, haemostatic and citrisant" a group of properties which implies it can stop bleeding, speed new skin formation, and reduce inflammation.

Its cooling, drying and astringent properties, along with its anti-inflammatory action, make it a choice for irritated skin conditions, and may be an excellent addition to blends for acne and eczema, as well as for reduction of allergy and hay-fever symptoms. Blue yarrow gives you another choice for an anti-inflammatory oil in your formulas, where the drying aspect may be helpful.

Yarrow is considered an energetically-protective plant, as in our Yarrow Environmental Solution. Some may consider the addition of this oil to esoteric blends to ward off negative energies.

Finally, it's deep, herbaceous aroma can be gently calming and stress relieving -- some note "liberating" :)  ...and is also recommended as a potential aid for insomnia.