Plant part: Leaves
Blends well with: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, oregano, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, tea tree, thyme
Aroma: Earthy, Herbaceous, camphorous, Woody undertones.
Rosemary has long been praised for having a wide array of health benefits. In the Mediterranean region, where it is found naturally, rosemary’s spicy, camphorous scent lends itself wonderfully to culinary dishes. Ancient cultures also revered rosemary for it’s healing capabilities. Roman herbalists recommended a rosemary infusion to cure jaundice. Egyptians used both the rosemary plant and extractives as incense. A tea made from the leaves of the rosemary plant has long been used as a digestive aid, and Hippocrates recommended rosemary in every meal to cure liver disorders.
The scent of rosemary essential oil is quite stimulating, with a layer of camphor on top of strong woody undertones. Rosemary has been known commonly as the “herb of remembrance”, and has been used to improve memory, retention and help with staying focused and alert. As such, it is a good choice for blends for driving long distances and for study sessions. A few drops of rosemary essential oil in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, can be applied to the wrists before driving or studying. If the invigorating scent doesn’t keep you focused, the medicinal properties entering your bloodstream surely will. A few drops in the bath can be a great decongestant, as well as help to improve your mood after a long day.
Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled using only the leaves of the plant to ensure potency and quality. Many of the healing properties of rosemary are due in large part to a high percentage of camphor in the oil. This is a great benefit for sore muscles and achy joints, and may also be why the hardy shrub has been used in gardens as a natural pest control.
Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil
Circulatory system: helps prevent arthritis, increases circulation, prevents rheumatism, helps cure varicose veins.
Digestive system: abates colitis, cures indigestion, eliminates flatulence
Immune system: aids in curing cold and sore throat.
Limbic system: alleviates mental fatigue.
Muscles and joints: alleviates aches and pains.
Nervous system: helps cure headache and palpitations.
Reproductive system: increases adrenal function.
Respiratory system: Helps alleviate symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough.
Skin: helps cure acne, alleviate athlete’s foot (and other fungal infections), stops dandruff, helps to heal dermatitis, increases hair growth, acts as an insect repellent, kills lice
Therapeutic properties: analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tussive, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrisant, cordial, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, litholytic, mucolytic, nervine, rubefacient, stimulant (adrenal, circulatory, nervous, respiratory), stomachic, vulnerary
Recipes With Rosemary Essential Oil
Neuropathy and Neuralgia Treatment:
- 5 drops of rosemary oil
- 5 drops of helichrysum oil
- 5 drops of cypress oil
- 3tsp of a carrier oil
- Add to a 2 oz squeeze bottle, rub on area of neuropathy
- 5 drops of rosemary oil
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
- 3 tsp of coconut oil
- Add to a 2 oz squeeze bottle, rub on sore muscles and painful joints.
- 3 drops of rosemary oil
- 1/2 tsp ofcoconut oil
- rub on upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.