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Rosemary essential oil is an invigorating oil, steam distilled from the aromatic leaves and flowers of the rosemary plant. Well known for its wide range of uses in culinary applications, its essential oil is best known for its ability to relieve arthritis pain and for its stimulant properties. Its appearance is pale-yellow with a thin consistency, and its aromas are warm, sweet, woody, herbal, camphorous, and slightly medicinal with a medium-strong middle fragrance note. Its main chemical components are camphor, 1,8-cineole, a-pinene, gamma-terpinene, verbenone, eucalyptol, bornyl acetate and camphene, the primary therapeutic component being camphor. There are several different chemotypes of rosemary essential oil, some (CT camphor) with more camphor than others. The most gentle chemotype is CT verbenon.
History of Rosemary Essential Oil
The use of rosemary essential oil in herbal medicine was first documented in the 1st century by Hildegard of Bingen, who is considered to be the first naturopath of that age. Originally known as the “rose of Mary”, the legend tells of the virgin Mary spreading her cloak over the bush, after which its flowers would turn from white to blue. Used by the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans for a variety of purposes, it was planted outside the doors of their homes to ward off evil, and in the middle ages it was said to protect against the plague. Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician in the 16th century, hailed rosemary essential oil as a cure-all, due to its observed ability to strengthen the whole body and heal the liver, heart and brain.
Rosemary Essential Oil Uses:
Mental clarity: helps to focus the mind and supports short-term memory. Good to diffuse when studying for an exam, for example.
Stimulates mood: uplifting and stimulating, promotes positive thinking and optimism.
Combats mental and physical fatigue: enlivens the senses and the brain, helps to invigorate the body by encouraging circulation of the blood and lymph systems.
Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation on and below the surface of the skin.
Pain relief: relieves the pain of arthritis, as well as headaches, and sore, aching muscles after over-use or strenuous exercise.
Indigestion: stimulates digestive enzyme production to help break down food more quickly.
Hair tonic: combined with your hair products, adds shine and fullness to the hair. Also helps to rid the hair of dandruff due to its anti-fungal action, and is said to stimulate new hair growth so can be helpful for those who suffer with alopecia or thinning hair.
Oral health: an astringent mouthwash that stimulates the gums, promotes oral health and healing.
Skin care: its astringent qualities are helpful in treating acne and oily skin conditions.
Lessens the appearance of scars: can be used on surgical scars, stretch marks, acne scars or any skin discoloration to reduce the appearance of skin anomalies or injury.
Relieves stress: instantly lifts the mood and chases away anxiety.
Immune booster: excellent as an everyday immunity boost, as it can help prevent the onset of seasonal colds and prevent you from catching them from others.
Detoxification: stimulates the production of lymph, which helps to move toxins through the body. An excellent component of any detoxification or cleansing program.
Cosmetics and perfumery: prized for its astringent qualities as well as its fresh, herbal scent, it is used in body lotions, face creams, hair products and colognes for both men and women.
Antifungal/antimicrobial: kills a multitude of fungal bacteria on contact, either on the skin or household surfaces.
Respiratory relief: an excellent decongestant and mucous solvent, it relieves the symptoms of coughs, colds and influenza, and breaks up chest and sinus infections.
Insect repellant: helps to repel mosquitoes and other pests indoors and outdoors.
Household cleanser: kills bacteria, fungus and microbes on all kinds of surfaces in the home.
Air freshener: an uplifting, antimicrobial air freshener to rid the air of impurities in a sick room, or just to revitalize the air in your home.
Pets: added to their shampoo or (well diluted) to their food, helps to promote a shiny coat, and repels fleas and ticks.
Rosemary essential oil can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. If you are allergic or have sensitivities to basil, oregano, or sage, avoid or use with caution until you know your tolerance. It can also cause spasms, so it should not be used if you are pregnant or think that you might be as it can lead to miscarriage. If you suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure, rosemary essential oil should be avoided. Always heed recommended dilution ratios and test on a small, insensitive area of skin before applying liberally. Undiluted ingestion is not recommended unless you are under the direction of a practitioner qualified in aromatherapy.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.