ROSEMARY

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary has been used since ancient times in many cultures for different reasons. It has been used at weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies and was widely used in folk medicine to protect against plague and illnesses. Today we know this stimulating essential oil has an impressive range of actions and it’s still used for symptoms of cold and flu and even some infections. 


Aromatic Profile
The rosemary plant itself is incredibly fragrant and as an essential oil it has a strong and fresh herbaceous scent. Rosemary blends well with basil, tea tree, orange, bergamot, black pepper, oregano, cedarwood and thyme.

Uses
Rosemary essential oil has properties which can be extremely beneficial to the nervous system. It can help ease headaches, nervous exhaustion and fatigue as well as hypotension (low blood pressure). You can use this oil through massage to help muscular aches and pains and to encourage circulation. It is a great oil choice for skin care, assisting with acne and eczema and can be used as a natural hair treatment for dandruff and to promote growth of healthy hair.

Safety

  • Non-toxic
  • Non-irritant (in dilution)
  • Non-sensitising
  • Not recommended for use during pregnancy


References 

Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.

McCulloch, M 2018, 14 Benefits and Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rosemary-oil-benefits

Sienkiewicz, M, Łysakowska, M, Pastuszka, M, Bienias, W, & Kowalczyk, E 2013, ‘The potential of use basil and rosemary essential oils as effective antibacterial agents’, Molecules, Vol. 18, No. 8, pp. 9334–9351, doi:10.3390/molecules18089334

White, J 1999, Aromatherapy Blends for Life, Blends for Life, Melbourne.

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