BOTANICAL NAME: rosmarinus officinalis
ORIGIN: Spain or Morocco, depending on stock
PARTS USED: leaves
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: camphorous, fresh, medicinal, woodsy
BLENDS WELL WITH: armoise, basil, cade, caraway, carrot, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lime, marjoram, nutmeg, pepper, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, sage, tea tree, thyme.
PHYSICAL & AROMATIC BENEFITS: clarifying, concentration, fatigue, grief, inspiring, invigorating, memory loss, nervous tension, stimulating, stress, warming, acne, alopecia, analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, carminative, cellulite, chilblains, cholagogue, circulatory stimulant, colds, constipation, cramps, cystitis, dandruff, decongestant, diaphoretic, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, diverticulosis, dry skin, emmenagogue, fainting, fibrositis, gout, hair loss, hangovers, headaches, immunity stimulant, influenza, inguinal hernia, insect repellent, lice, lower abdominal pain, lumbago, moth repellent, muscular aches, muscular dystrophy, nervine, normal skin, oily hair, oily skin, osteoporosis, prostatitis, raises blood pressure, Raynaud's disease, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, spina bifida, sprains, strains, swelling, synovitis, tendinitis, thrush, toning, tonsillitis, torticollis, vaginal infections, varicose veins.
MAGICAL USES: conscious mind (stimulates), exorcism, health (maintain), heart chakra, longevity, love, protective, remembrance, third-eye chakra, vitality.
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.
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.