Rosemary has long been valued for its culinary and medicinal uses and is widely used in the food industry as a flavoring and an antioxidant. Many ancient cultures considered rosemary sacred and used it to ward off evil. The best essential oil is distilled from the flowering tips and leaves. Steam distillation of 100 pounds of rosemary in bloom will yield 1 pound of strong, clean, and potent rosemary oil. It is also a popular ingredient in skin and hair care products.
There are several different chemotypes of Rosemary. A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry. Even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And may support the body and mind differently.
Rosemary Chemotypes –
- Rosmarinus officinalis CT camphor – This plant is extremely high in camphor. Is considered a powerful energy supporter. It stimulates circulation and promotes elimination from liver and kidneys. It eases the aches and pains of overworked and sore muscles and aches due to colds and flu. It can help to improve circulation in rheumatic conditions and ease respiratory complains, such as those experienced with cold and flu. It is useful for chronic bladder infections and gallstones, as such menstrual irregularities, including lack of menstruation, cramping and heavy or long periods. It clears a foggy brain.
- Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1, 8 cineole – This is a strong expectorant. It increases bile in the liver and stimulates the digestive system, helping to expel gas. It strengthens the heart and nerves and calms muscle spasms.
- Rosmarinus officinalis CT verbenone – This is considered the most gentle of the chemotypes. It is particularly effective for clearing thick mucus. It promotes skin healing through the formation of scar tissue. It is good as a general tonic because it is hormone-balancing and regulates the endocrine system. It regulates the hypothalamus and is calming and lifts depression.
Cleansing, protecting, soothing, clarifying, uplifting, calming and stimulating
For muscle spasms; lower blood cholesterol and strengthen people with cardiovascular weakness; promote liver, kidney, gallbladder health, inhibits the formation of stones in the bladder and kidney; helpful for digestive disorders such as colitis, gas, indigestion, stimulate appetite and improves food absorption by stimulating indigestion; tones the intestinal tract; relieves respiratory ailments; helps the body to expel excess mucus; stimulates circulation and helps to raise low blood pressure; relieves the pain, sprains and stains and promote muscle, joints and cartilage function; encourages cellular metabolism and assists in the drainage of lymphatic fluid; tones entire body and helpful for chronic fatigue syndrome and weakened immunity; soothes the itching and skin irritations and disorders
Rosemary stimulates cell renewal. It improves dry or mature skin, eases lines and wrinkles, and heals burns and wounds. It can also soothe blemishes, or dull, dry skin by regulating oil secretions. It improves circulation and can reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins by strengthening fragile vessels. Rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and keeps hair looking healthy and shiny. It promotes hair growth. It normalises excess oil secretions and improves scalp problems, particularly dandruff and seborrhea. Rosemary is helpful for tightening and toning skin that is loose and sagging and can be used in treating cellulite.
Rosemary has a fresh, herbaceous, sweet, slightly medicinal aroma. Stimulates memory and opens the conscious mind.
Blends Well With:
Bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, peppermint, pine
- 1 part essential oil with 1 part of carrier oil. For age 4-6, use 1 drop of essential oil to 2-4 drops of carrier oil. For age 7 and above, use 1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop of carrier oil.
Apply 2-4 drops on area of concern
Apply to chakras and/or Vita Flex Points
Inhale directly or diffuse
Do not use during pregnancy
Not for use by people with epilepsy.
Avoid if dealing with high blood pressure.
Do not use on children under 4 years old