Latin name: Rosa damascena
Plant family: Rosaceae
A small and prickly shrub between 1 metre and 2 metres high. It has pink very fragrant flowers with thirty-six petals and white-like hairy leaves. Believed to be native of the Orient but is now cultivated in Turkey and France. Similar types are grown in China, India and Russia however, India produces only rosewater - a mixture of Rose Otto and Sandalwood.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils