Green Valley Aromatherapy

Rosemary

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General Properties

  • analgesic
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • astringent
  • cephalic
  • cytophylatic
  • diuretic
  • emmenagogue
  • hepatic
  • rubefacient
Origin: Spain. Steam distilled from the leaves of the herb. Middle note.

Description

Rosemary is an herb that is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves. Originally from the Mediterranean coast, it is now produced in Spain and France. Some of the chemical components in rosemary are borneol, camphene and camphor.

Rosemary essential oil has a remarkable effect on the central nervous system. It is an excellent brain stimulant, therefore great for inhaling to assist in achieving mental clarity.

This oil is one that should be a part of every traveler's kit, whether you are flying or driving. Its effects on the foggy and fatigued mind of the weary traveler are amazing. Its sharp quality also lends it to use when respiratory problems occur (common cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, etc). For these conditions, rosemary works best when used in a steam inhalation. Rosemary is a good analgesic to help relieve pain from rheumatism and arthritis, as well as pain from over worked muscles (great in rubs for athletes).

It blends well with Basil, Citronella, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Petitgrain, and Thyme.

Did you Know?

Rosemary was used in ancient Greece to strengthen the memory. Students wore sprigs of the herb when they studied. Rosemary oil was first extracted in about 1330 by Raymundus Lullus. It was one of the two ingredients in the first formulation of Queen Of Hungary water which, according to Wikipedia, was a tonic remedy used to cure many ailments in the 14th century.

Specific Cautions

Avoid with high blood pressure. May antidote homeopathic remedies. May cause epileptic fits in large doses. Avoid during pregnancy.

References

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Rosemarinus officinalis
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.