Essential Oil of the Month – Rosemary

rosemary

Latin Name: Rosemarinus Officinalis

Family: Labiatae (Lamiaceae)

Native to the southern Mediterranean but now cultivated all over the world, Rosemary has a herby, vibrant aroma which is concentrated in its green leaves. A popular culinary flavouring as well as a healing herb. The Ancient Greeks burnt dry Rosemary branches as incense as the leaves are packed with oil which elude a highly fragrant smoke. A sprig of Rosemary can be worn as a symbol of remembrance due to its powerful memory enhancing effects. Rosemary is to be used in moderate amounts as its fresh, pungent and herbaceous aroma can be over powering.

Key Constituents:
Borneol, Bornyl Acetate, Camphene, Camphor, Cineol, Limonene, Linalol, Octanone, Pinene, Terpineol.

Body systems affected:
Digestive, Intestinal, Circulatory, Immune, Nervous, Respiratory, Urinary, Structural and Skin.

Main therapeutic properties:
Analgesic, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cicatrissant, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant – adrenal cortex, hepatic & circulatory, stomachic, tonic – circulation & nervous.

Secondary properties:
Anti-microbial, anti-septic, fungicidal, sudorific, vulnerary.

Main therapeutic use:
Acidity, acne, amnesia, apathy, arteriosclerosis, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, circulatory, cirrhosis, colitis, cyclical oedema, dandruff, debility, dermatitis, digestive disorders, dry skin conditions, dysmenorrhoea, dyspepsia, eczema, fainting, fatigue, flatulence, fluid retention, gall stones, gout, headaches, hysteria, jaundice, leucorrhoea, liver disorder, low blood pressure, mental fatigue, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, obesity, palpitations, scabies, sedentary state, spinal problems, stress related conditions, vertigo, whooping cough.

Secondary Uses:
Bruises, colds, diarrhoea, flu, infections

Blends with:
Basil, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Hyssop, Juniper, Lavendin, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pettigrain, Sage and Thyme.

Safety data:
Non toxic, non-irritant when diluted, non-sensitising. Avoid in pregnancy. Do not use if Epileptic.

Other Information:
Strong medicinal stimulant. Rejuvenating effect on the skin, used as a muscular rub for athletes. Promotes hair growth by stimulating the scalp. Normalises high blood cholesterol level. Warming, stimulant effect on the heart. Inhalant for respiratory disorders. Astringent tonic for greasy skin. Stimulant effect on the liver. Stimulates bile production. Insect repellent.

Historical data:
Sacred in many early civilisations, Rosemary is one of the earliest known medicinal plants. Latin name literally means Sea Dew.

Rosemary Blend Suggestions

For easing a tired mind
Add 4 drops of Rosemary and 3 of Bergamot Mint to a bath.

To help aid memory and concentration prior to an exam
Add 2 drops of Rosemary, 1 of Lavender and 1 of Neroli to a bit of base oil and apply to the wrists 30 minutes before.

To help encourage hair growth
Add 2 drops of Rosemary to your usual shampoo and apply. be careful not to use too much as Rosemary is a stimulant.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.