Oil Summary: The use of rosemary 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.
Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Plant Origin: India
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Odor and Color: Rosemary oil 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.
Contraindication: 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.
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