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.
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.
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.
Bruises, colds, diarrhoea, flu, infections
Non toxic, non-irritant when diluted, non-sensitising. Avoid in pregnancy. Do not use if Epileptic.
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.
Sacred in many early civilisations, Rosemary is one of the earliest known medicinal plants. Latin name literally means Sea Dew.
Rosemary Blend Suggestions