Rose of Sharon Essential Oil

Rose of Sharon’s History

Rose of Sharon essential oil or Cistus Ladanifer is a rockrose in which a sticky brown resin obtained from the shrubs of the Cistus ladanifer species. It has a long history of use in herbal medicine and as a perfume ingredient. Labdanum is a small sticky shrub which grows up to 3m high with lance shaped leaves that are white and furry on the underside, and fragrant white flowers. This multi-petal flower is found in the fertile plain called Sharon between Jaffa and Mount Carmel in Israel. It has a honey scent from an aromatic gum that exudes from the plant.
 
In ancient times, the Cistus Ladanifer was believed to be the Rose of Sharon. As goats and sheep roamed through the brush, this flower became entangled in their coats. While caring for their sheep, the shepherds would collect it from their wool and rub the resin on their cuts and wounds to soothe them. It was also collected by the shepherds and sold to coastal traders. The false beards worn by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt were actually soaked the hair of goats soaked with labdanum.
 
The Hebrew word sharon means meadow-saffron, crocus, and rose (place of pasture). It is a derivative for Sarai, which means princess.
 
Biblical References: Song of Solomon 2:1
 
Hebrew Word: Rose of Sharon
2261 chabatstseleth {khab-ats-tseh’-leth}
Meaning: 1) meadow-saffron, crocus, rose
 
Blends well with: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Pine, Clary Sage, Cypress and Vetiver 
 
Note in perfumery:  Middle 
 
CAUTION: Labdanum Essential Oil is generally non-toxic and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy. 
Rose of Sharon Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant Origin: France, Spain
 
Medical Properties: Anti-infectious, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-hemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, supports sympathetic nervous system, and is an immune stimulant.
 
Traditional Uses: Shepherds in biblical times frequently used Rose of Sharon for cuts and wounds.
 
Other Uses: Bronchitis, respiratory infections, coughs, rhinitis, urinary tract infections, wounds and wrinkles. It helps with hemorrhages, arthritis, and is known for elevating the emotions and calming the nerves. It helps reduce inflammation and is a neurotonic for the sympathetic nervous system. 
 
Application: Diffuse, directly inhale, or apply 2-4 drops on location.  
 
Note: Research has been done for its effects on the regeneration of cells. Known to be calming to the nerves and elevates the emotions.
Safety: A
 
Rose of Sharon has been studied for its therapeutic effect on cell regeneration according to Dr. David Stewart, author of Healing Oils of the Bible. 
 
Rose of Sharon has been used for bronchitis, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, wounds, and wrinkles. It is also known to be anti-infectious, antiviral, and antibacterial. Rose of Sharon helps to reduce inflammation and acts as a powerful anti-hemorrhaging agent. The Essential Oils Desk Reference reports that it also helps strengthen the immune system. 
 
Rose of Sharon helps to quiet the nerves and elevate the emotions during prayer. Studies revealed that people taking antidepressant drugs found this oil to be mood-elevating by rubbing it on their bodies or just inhaling it.
 
 
Rose of Sharon’s Spiritual Significance
Song of Sol 2:1 “I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys.”
 
Think of how the thornless Rose of Sharon beautifully mirrors Yeshua’s tender love, as spoken of in Song of Solomon 2:1: I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. The Scriptures tell believers that they are the sheep of His pasture and feed among the lilies.
 
This flower from the region of Sharon in Israel also reflects believers. Its blooms are beautiful and glorious, just as Isaiah depicted the millennial reign will be when the Bride of Messiah shines forth in all the radiance of her heavenly glory and beauty.