Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary a popular herb for cooking, 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 that wonderful culinary enhancement are steam distilled and bring forth the oil of Rosemary. This aromatic shrub, called Rosmarinus officinalis, is derived from the Latin which means, dew of the sea. It produces a pale yellow oil that has a medium to strong aroma. The consistency of the oil is thin but has a a strong, clear, penetrating, camphoraceous and herbaceous aroma. It 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.
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 for Hair Growth
For Hair Care, Rosemary is used extensively when used regularly stimulates the follicles promoting longer, stronger hair. This oil is believed to slows 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 for Mental Fatigue
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 you cope with stressful conditions and see things from a clearer perspective. It also enhances mental clarity while aiding alertness and concentration.
Rosemary As A Painkiller
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 to throat congestion, allergies, colds, sore throat and flu. It is also good for respiratory infections and it is also antispasmodic and is good for bronchial asthma.
A few other uses include, as an 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.
The oil blends well with frankincense, lavender, sage, cedarwood, and peppermint.
- Country of Origin: Native to Asia, Mediterranean region; France, Spain.
- Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
- Plant Parts: Flowering Tops and Leaves
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
- Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenols, Ketones, Oxides
- Aroma: Camporaceous, Fresh, Herbaceous
- Note: Top-Middle
- Avoid during pregnancy.
- Do not use with epilepsy.
- Do not use if you have high blood pressure.
- Do not use with homeopathic remedies.
- Rosemary is stimulating and should not be used before bed.
Rosemary stimulates cell renewal and improves dry or mature skin, eases lines and wrinkles, and heals burns and wounds.
Circulation: helps to relieve pain, stiff and overworked muscles; good for circulatory complaints such as rheumatism, arthritis, and stimulates low blood pressure.
Digestive: works as a tonic for liver and gall bladder.
Mental/Emotional: tonic for the nervous system, serves as a brain stimulant (cephalic) and memory improvement.
Respiratory: used for sinus congestion, asthma, colds and coughs.
Skin: good for hair and skin care and is very stimulating to the scalp.
Non-toxic, however, if oxidized it may cause skin irritation or sensitization. Recent studies by Tisserand suggest there is no evidence that Rosemary raises blood pressure. Avoid camphor-rich oils during pregnancy. Rosemary should not be applied near the face on children or infants.