Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

Roseamarinus Officinalis

Rosemary Essential Oil has been viewed as sacred by many civilizations for thousands of years. During the middle ages it was used to drive away evil spirits and as a protection from the plague.

Referred to as the "Herb of Remembrance", it is known for its ability to boost mental activity, ease respiratory issues, stimulate hair growth and reduce pain.

It has a strong herbal scent of evergreen with fresh woodsy undertones.



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What is Rosemary Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Rosemary Essential Oil

Family: (Labiatae)
Origins: Mediterranian area, but now cultivated worldwide. Oil producing countries are France, Spain, and Tunesia.
Other names: compass plant, incensier.
Description: A small evergreen bush with silver-green needle-like leaves and pale blue flowers.
Extraction: Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: fresh flowering tops

Principal constituents: Camphor, Pinene & Cineole. / Mainly pinenes, camphene, limonene, cineol, borneol, and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Rosemary Oil comes from the pale blue flowering tops of a small evergreen bush. It originated in the Mediterranean area but can now be found worldwide.

It is a very versatile oil used in many areas such as:

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Don't use if you have Epilepsy
  • Don't use long term if you have high blood pressure
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution

Suggested Uses

Adrenal Glands

Rosemary is one of the top 2 essential oils for supporting the adrenal glands and balancing cortisol levels. 

Do you suffer from:

  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Low energy
  • High cortisol

Use several drops on your neck as well as the lower back where your kidneys are located. Also diffusing the oil can be beneficial. (As an added bonus, add some Peppermint Oil to your diffuser)

Acne

Rosemary Essential Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, astringent and detoxifying properties. 

As a result of these properties Rosemary Oil is able to remove excess oils, tighten your skin, reduce the size of pores and flush out toxins. It can also tame painful inflammation and increase circulation around itchy pimples so that they are reduced in size and eliminated.

Rosemary is safe on your skin and will not cause unwanted side-effects like many products with synthetic ingredients.

Rosemary Essential Oil is easily applied by creating a paste or gel using the following recipe:

  • Add 5 drops of oil to a tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel and gently apply it to the area. Leave the gel in place for about 15 minutes and then rinse. Repeat this daily as needed until your acne has cleared up.

In addition to this topical application of gel, I suggest you treat the condition internally with Peppermint Oil for 20 days. (see instructions on my Peppermint Oil page)

Other Oils for Acne

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Anti Aging

As we age we face increasing attacks from damaged cells called “free radicals”. These free radicals cause damage in healthy cells leading to aging, arthritis, cancer and heart disease etc. 

The most powerful weapon we can use against free radicals comes in the form of “antioxidants” which can be found in foods such as red/purple berries, dark green vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and ….. some essential oils. 

Rosemary Oil (blended 50:50 with a carrier oil) can be taken internally by Gelatin capsules as a supplement or massaged undiluted onto the bottoms of your feet daily.

See also "Brain Health and Memory" category below.

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Brain Health and Memory

Rosemary Essential Oil is the number one essential oil for brain health and memory; it is also great to use for "brain fog" and Alzheimers

Diffuse a blend of Rosemary with Vetiver and Cedarwood whenever you want to increase your mental acuity and memory.

Once or twice a day, take about 3 drops of oil and massage it on your temples, scalp and the back of your neck. To help with coverage I also recommend mixing in a bit of fractionated coconut oil.

For children with ADHD try a blend of Cedarwood, Lavender, Rosemary and Vetiver

Circulation

Rosemary Oil blended 50:50 with a carrier oil can be massaged into effected areas to stimulate your cardiovascular system, treat varicose veins and overcome exhaustion.

Hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis can also be treated this way and, as a result, you may find issues like headaches and heart palpitations are reduced.

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Cold and Flu

Rosemary Essential Oil has the ability to clear away phlegm, mucus, and inflammation in your respiratory system which makes it very effective in the treatment of cold and flu symptoms.

A couple drops of Rosemary oil can be placed on a tissue or on your palms and inhaled directly.

Rosemary Essential Oil can be taken internally. Mix it 50:50 with carrier oil in a gelatin capsule and consume one with each meal.

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Deodorant

Because of its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities Rosemary Oil is known for its affects on various skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, scabies, wrinkles as well as dry skin.

It's scent has a strong, herbal, evergreen, minty, fresh and woody-balsamic undertone.

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Depression

If you are suffering from fatigue or nervous exhaustion diffuse some Rosemary Essential Oil into the room or put 20 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

A couple drops of Rosemary oil can also be placed on a tissue or on your palms and inhaled directly. This works great to remove a cloudy mind or confusion when your energy levels are low and, of course, it makes for a great depression remedy.

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Digestive System

Rosemary Essential Oil can be taken internally to treat digestive problems like excess gas, diarrhea, colitis and liver disorders. Mix it 50:50 with carrier oil and consume one gelatin capsule with each meal.

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Emotional Balance

If you are suffering from fatigue or nervous exhaustion diffuse some Rosemary Essential Oil into the room or put 20 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

A couple drops of Rosemary oil can also be placed on a tissue or on your palms and inhaled directly. This works great to remove a cloudy mind or confusion when your energy levels are low.

The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Diterpenes for Alzheimer's Disease.
PubMed.gov

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Hair Treatment

Rosemary Essential Oil naturally thickens your hair and supports hair growth.

Rosemary is especially well known for its usage in hair care and has even been known to stimulate hair growth or to slow down premature hair loss. Try mixing a few drops with your hair care products or even with a little water and apply it to your scalp every day to combat dandruff as well as dry flaky or greasy hair.

Rosemary is the number one herb that will help block Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes mail pattern baldness as well as thinning hair in females.

Take one drop in a gel capsule 2 - 3 times a day.

To increase the thickness you can make your own shampoo. Mix 5-10 drops with about a teaspoon of warm Aloe Vera and massage it into your scalp for about 1 minute. Leave it in your hair for at least a half hour prior to taking a shower. (If you prefer, you can even leave it in your hair all day)

It also works great against a lice infestation or, mixed with a little water and sprayed on your skin/clothing as a mosquito repellent.

Other Oils for Hair

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Headache/Migraine

Rosemary essential oil has a long history for its ability to treat headaches because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

It also has the ability to lower stress and calm your nerves which means you can often use it to avoid tension headaches before they start.

Mix rosemary with a carrier oil and apply it to your temples, forehead as well as the back of your neck.

It can also be diffused or added (20 drops) to a cup of Epsom salts and taken in a nice relaxing bath.

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Healing

Apply a drop of Rosemary Essential Oil undiluted on a cut to stop it from bleeding.

For nosebleeds Rosemary can be applied over the bridge of your nose with a cold damp washcloth.

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Immune System

In order to strengthen your immune system and avoid infections, colds or the flu, diffuse Rosemary Essential Oil into the room twice daily.

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Heart Health

Because of Rosemary Oil's ability to fight inflammation it can naturally balance out cholesterol levels and even help fight Diabetes.

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Liver/Gallbladder

Rosemary can be used for Liver/Gallbladder detoxification or what Chinese medicine refer to as toning and strengthening an organ. 

Diffuse the oil and rub it on your neck and over the liver/gallbladder area. (3-5 drops just under the bottom rib on the right hand side)

Pain Management

The camphor, pinene & cineole properties of Rosemary make it very effective in combating inflammation pain, especially joint or muscle pain.

Massage 50:50 Rosemary and carrier oil into your muscles to reduce pain, rheumatism, gout and water retention.

You can create your own muscle rub using warming and cooling oils in order to increase the effectiveness. Mix fractionated coconut oil with Wintergreen or Peppermint oil to cool the area, Rosemary for the inflammation and Ginger Oil for the heat.

Respiratory System

To assist with bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, whooping cough etc. try using one or more of the following applications of Rosemary Essential Oil:

  • Diffuse 20 drops twice daily.
  • Take a relaxing bath with 15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts.
  • Consume gel capsules filled with a blend of 50:50 Rosemary and carrier oil with each meal. Gel Capsules are available from Amazon 
  • Put 4 drops of Rosemary oil in a pan of steaming hot water and cover your head with a dish towel so you can inhale the fumes. Blow into the water to increase the steam. Repeat if necessary.
  • Massage a 50:50 blend with carrier oil onto your sinuses, chest and throat at bed time or whenever you think you may need it.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System

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Skin Treatment

Rosemary essential oil showed pronounced antibacterial and antifungal activity against all of the tested microbes.
PubMed.gov

Because of its antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities Rosemary Oil is known for its affects on various skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, scabies, wrinkles as well as dry skin.

Apply it topically in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil for larger areas or undiluted for localized conditions.

It will stop the bleeding if you apply it undiluted to a cut or sore.

Other Oils for Your Skin

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Sore Throat

Rosemary Oil has the ability to clear away phlegm, mucus, and inflammation in your respiratory system which makes it very effective in the treatment of cold and flu symptoms.

Rosemary Essential Oil can be taken internally. Mix it 50:50 with carrier oil in a gelatin capsule and consume one with each meal.

Other Oils for Sore Throat

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Vertigo

Rosemary Essential Oil can be used to ease headache pain and relieve dizziness. It can be used to help treat as well as prevent the occurence of vertigo symptoms.

As a treatment, add 3-4 drops to a pot of steaming water and inhale deeply.

Chronic sufferers may want to try diffusing a few drops daily, especially in the bedroom at night. As a bonus, it will help provide you with a great sleep.

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Combine with Other Oils

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