23 November 2008

The name is derived from the Latin ros marinus meaning ‘rose of the sea’.
Rosemary is an evergreen perennial shrub that grows to a height of between 30-50 inches. The herbaceous plant hosts needle-like, silver green leaves and small tubular pale-blue flowers.

Traditionally viewed as an exhilarating herb, naturally ruled by the Sun (a symbol of vitality and individuality), Rosemary was thought to renew enthusiasm and relieve gloom and despair. Rosemary had long been considered a symbol of wisdom and love, and fidelity. To the ancient Greek and Romans, the plant was sacred, a symbol of remembrance, loyalty, and death.

Botanical Name
Rosmarinus officinalis

Origin
Asia and Mediterranean
The herb now grows throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and California

Color
Clear

Consistency/Viscosity
Watery viscosity

Aroma
Clear, powerful refreshing herbal fragrance

Extraction Method
Extracted from its flowering tops using steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
a-pinene, borneol, b-pinene, camphor, bornyl acetate, camphene, 1,8-cineole and limonene

Therapeutic Properties
Analgesic, antidepressant, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, rubefacient, stimulant, sudorific and tonic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Rosemary oil acts on the brain and the nervous system and is wonderful for the mind
  • It also improves memory
  • It helps with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion.
  • It is also suitable for intestinal infections and diarrhea, easing colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, hepatic disorders and jaundice and relieving pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain and gout
  • It helps for arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation and varicose veins
  • It helps with obesity and cellulite
  • It is effective for asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, sinus and whooping cough
  • It is effective in easing congestion, puffiness and swelling and can also be used for acne, dermatitis and eczema
  • It is very good in hair care. It increases the circulation to the scalp thereby promoting hair growth
  • Can be supportive for conditions of rheumatism, arthritis, hypertension (small doses), hypotension (higher doses), respiratory infections, hair loss
  • Has been traditionally been used for stimulating the mind, enhancing clarity, relieving stiffness of joints, stimulating healthy hair growth
  • Due to its lower camphor and higher verbenone and tissue-regenterating ketone content, this chemotype of Rosemary is better suited for skin care and hair care
Precaution
  • Rosemary oil is unsuitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure
  • Should not be used during pregnancy
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Cedarwood Oil, Citronella Oil, Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata, Basil Oil, Peppermint Oil and Pine Oil

Recipe
Diffuse or apply topically or add to baths (after the tub is full, as to not release all the aroma before one has gotten in!). Add a few drops to warm water and soak a small towel for a compress on sore joints

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