Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Country of origin: Morocco
Part of the plant: Leaves, twigs, flowers
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Beta-thujone, camphor, 1,8 cineole
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, digestive, nervine, stimulant, astringent, antimicrobial.
Rosemary is a treasured herb with a plethora of health benefits. Rosemary essential oil contains the antioxidant Carnosol, which appears to be effective against cancer by reducing inflammation and by inhibiting the expression of cancer genes. Carnosic acid, an additional compound found in rosemary essential oil, reduces the risk of skin cancer by protecting skin cells against the deleterious effects of ultraviolet radiation.
Rosemary essential oil stimulates the growth of hair follicles and helps to combat dandruff. It also acts as a vulnerary, helping to speed recovery from wounds and assists with skin ailments such as acne and eczema. It also helps with hypotension, physical fatigue, asthma, bronchitis, painful menstruation, arthritis, gout, headache, muscular soreness, bruising, cramps, weakness of limbs, skin toner, oily hair, hair loss, premature greying, blemishes, insect repellent, varicose veins, tonsillitis, sinusitis, colds, flu, and swelling.
Rosemary essential oil is an analgesic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, antispasmodic, carminative, cytophylactic, diaphoretic, digestive, decongestant, diuretic, vulnerary, antiviral, anticancer, emmenagogue, hypertensive, nervine, parasitic, restorative, stimulant, tonic
Rosemary essential oil is an excellent addition to cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, perfumery, incense, candles, and aromatherapy.
Physical uses: Respiratory congestion, infections, colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, fatigue, poor circulation, muscle aches, stiff joints, general stimulant, immune support.
Skin care uses: Dandruff, scalp tonic, minor skin infections.
Psychological uses: Nervous exhaustion, chronic fatigue, mild depression, mental fatigue, mental fog.
Subtle uses: Clears energy blocks. Protects against negativity. Clears the mind. Promotes insight and understanding. Strengthens will power. Promotes self confidence. Helps to establish “healthy boundaries” in relationships. Inspires faith.
Notes: Use Rosemary, ct. cineole in 1-5% dilution. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing. Avoid with high blood pressure.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Manifest Essentials offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Methods of Use
Bath: Mix 4-8 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. (You can also add the essential oil to 1/2 cup of whole milk or heavy cream.) Set aside. If you have muscle aches, add 1-2 cups Epsom or Dead sea salts. Fill the tub with warm water and immerse yourself. Add the essential oil mixture and swirl the water around you. Massage your skin and breathe in the aroma. Remain in the tub for 10-15 minutes.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Hot Water inhalation: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes tightly closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply yet gently, pause then exhale. Continue for 30 seconds. Inhale through your nose for respiratory or sinus conditions and through your mouth for throat issues or coughs. Repeat as desired.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
Uses are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
Caution with internal use. For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)