Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is very popular aromatic herb with silvery green long leaves and pale purple or blue flowers. In our locality Rosemary grows everywhere, very often used as hedge. it is Mediterranean native and widely used in culinary, medicine, aromatherapy. Essential Oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh flowering tops, and is almost colorless, has a strong, fresh, pleasant minty-herbaceous aroma and woody-balsamic undertone. Blends well with lavender, lavandin, citronella, oregano, thyme, pine, basil, peppermint, cedarwood, petit grain, cinnamon and other spice oils.
Rosemary Essential Oil is one of the universal oils, and can be used for many purposes. It’s actions include - analgesic, antimicrobal, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, hypertensive, nervine, parasiticide, stimulant, tonic.
Safety Warning: non-toxic, no-irritant (in dilution only), non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy. Not to be used by epileptics. Not recommended in case of high blood pressure.
Skin Care: almond or jojoba carrier oil (20 ml) - 5 drops lavender oil, 5 drops of rosemary oil. Used topically to treat acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, insect repellent, varicose veins.
Circulation, Muscle and Joints, local inflammations - any hand cream (I prefer Nivea) add 2-3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil and massage affected area. If pain is strong - use any ibuprofen containing gel or ointment, and 2-3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil - massage affected area. Repeat every morning and before sleep for 10 days.
Respiratory System, Flu, Common Cold, Infections: there are two ways to use Rosemary Oil - topically and in inhaler. Topically: add 2-3 drops of the rosemary oil into the carrier oil, or any other prescribed ointment - massage chest for treating bronchitis, asthma, cough. Apply on peace of cotton or small herbal pillow, put it next to bed side - for easing breathing, and cleansing air. Put 1 drop onto the carrier oil of 5 ml, and use it in the aromatherapy necklace during viral infection outbreak.Use in the steam inhaler daily to treat cold, or viral infection.
Digestive System: I recommend to use Rosemary Herbal Tea of decoction for colitis, dyspepsia or lost appetite.
Nervous System: Rosemary Essential Oil helps to wake up, and stimulate body in case mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, stress-related disorders, sharpen mind during stressful exam of work-related periods. Use in the carrier oil to massage head temple, in the diffuser, or during relaxing bath to stimulate cardiovascular system.