The scent of rose has been used for centuries in perfume and food, its popularity buoyed by the belief that rose essential oil can rejuvenate the psyche and the body, balance hormones, and cure skin conditions. These healing qualities are born out in research, where rose is revealed to be an antioxidant and antiseptic.
Moreover, Iran’s Journal of Basic Medical Sciences asserts, "Rose oil heals depression, grief, nervous stress and tension." A study cited by the National Institutes of Health reports that subjects who applied rose oil were, "more calm, more relaxed and less alert than subjects in the control group." These properties form the foundation of rose’s adaptogenic function.