Rosemary, depending on the variety, is normally very high in 1,8-cineole and a-pinene content. Essential oils high in 1,8-cineole are generally prized for their ability to stimulate the respiratory system, and are especially effective during cold and flu season. They are also antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and they increase blood flow to the brain.
For Cough and Congestion:
Mix 6 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 2 drops Opoponax Essential Oil in a diffuser. This will calm a nagging cough and effectively clear mucus and congestion from your respiratory tract.
To Stimulate the Mind for Concentration and/or Study:
Mix 7 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil, 2 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil, and 15ml Jojoba Carrier Oil in a 0.5oz (15ml) Euro Dropper Bottle. Dab a few drops on the back of your hand during study, or keep the bottle on your desk and inhale as needed for a quick mental uplift!
For the Chakras:
Rosemary is generally associated with the 3rd Eye (or Brow) chakra, as it promotes mental insight and clears thoughts.
Rosemary is invigorating, stimulates the Qi (or Chi), and is “Yang” energy.
Additional Rosemary Information:
Rosemary oil is one of the most popular essential oils, especially in the Mediterranean region where it is also used as a culinary herb. Many dishes are cooked with rosemary oil and freshly plucked rosemary leaves. The rosemary bush belongs to the mint family which includes basil, lavender, myrtle, and sage.
The health benefits of rosemary essential oil made it a favorite of Paracelsus, a renowned physician, who made significant contributions to herbal medicine during the sixteenth century. Paracelsus valued rosemary oil due to its ability to strengthen the entire body. He believed that rosemary oil had the ability to heal delicate organs such as the liver, brain, and heart.
Definitions of Therapeutic Properties:
Analgesic: any medicine that reduces pain without inducing unconsciousness.
Antidepressant: an agent that prevents or counteracts depression.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Antiviral: inhibits the growth and production of a virus.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Cholagogue: an agent that promotes the discharge of bile.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Nervine: acts upon or affects the nerves; quiets nervous excitement.
Other Benefits: Research is being carried out to study its potential in treating various types of cancers including colon, stomach, breast, and lung cancers.
Safety Warnings: As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using rosemary essential oil. Avoid if history of high blood pressure or epilepsy. Avoid use on damaged skin. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use a carrier oil when applying to skin.