Rosemary Essential Oil Uses & Purposes
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis c.t. cineole) Essential Oil
Rosemary is a popular cooking herb that has medicinal purposes in a Therapeutic Essential Oil form. It has the ability to stimulate cell renewal, stimulate hair growth, boost mental activity, relieve respiratory problems and reduce pain.
Legend has it that the Rosemary flower used to be blue and changed to white when Mary the mother of Yeshua escaped to Egypt. The tale says that when she hung her cloak on the bush, the flower turned white and afterward became known as the Rose of Mary.
The same leaves that produce the wonderful culinary enhancement are steam distilled and bring forth the oil of Rosemary. This aromatic shrub, called Rosmarinus officinalis c.t. cineole, is derived from the Latin which means, dew of the sea. It produces a pale-yellow oil which has a medium to strong aroma. The consistency of the oil is thin but has a strong, clear, penetrating, camphoraceous and herbaceous aroma. The plant has a scaly bark and thin needle-like leaves and grows to about five to six feet. The Rosemary bush is in the mint family with cousins like basil, lavender, myrtle and sage.
Rosemary is popular in aromatherapy because it helps with respiratory problems and minimizes pain. Paracelsus, a renowned physician of the 16th century gave credence to the fact Rosemary strengthened the entire body and healed organs like the liver, brain and the heart.
Rosemary when used regularly stimulates the follicles promoting longer, stronger hair. This oil is believed to slow down hair loss and graying. It can be blended with basil and tea tree oil to help with scalp problems.
It is also helpful with skin problems and is used in many beauty aids. It improves dry or mature skin, lines and wrinkles, and heals burns and wounds. It can also clear acne, blemishes or dull dry skin by fighting bacteria and regulating oil secretions. It improves circulation and can reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins
Like Eucalyptus and Clove Bud, it is a disinfectant and is used in mouth wash, helping to alleviate bad breath.
Rosemary essential oil helps to overcome mental fatigue, sluggishness, forgetfulness by stimulating and strengthening the entire nervous system. It enhances mental clarity while aiding alertness and concentration. Rosemary oil can help to cope with stressful conditions and see things from a clearer perspective.
This oil has been found to be an effective pain fighter and helps with arthritis, sore muscles, headaches, muscle aches and rheumatism. It is best applied directly to the area of soreness.
The effects of Rosemary are unparalleled when it comes to respiratory problems. When it is inhaled it gives relief with congestion, allergies, colds, sore throat and flu. It is also good for respiratory infections and for bronchial asthma.
A few other uses it could be used for are: air freshener, beauty aids, and perfumes. It is also good for relieving stomach ailments, like indigestion and stomach cramps. It has also been found to be effective against some cancers.
Rosemary oil blends well with frankincense, lavender, sage, cedarwood, and peppermint.