Rosemary has been a staple in herb and kitchen gardens for centuries. Its piney fragrant aroma is used in soap, lotion, and cosmetics. Rosemary is associated with improving memory. In the olden days, brides often wore or carried rosemary branches at their wedding ceremony. Some believe they did so to help them keep a good memory of their wedding.
Common Name: Rosemary
Scientific Name: Rosemarinus officinalis
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Parts Used: Leaves, Twigs
Meridians: Governing Vessel, Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen, Heart
Channels: Lung, Liver
Properties: Pungent, Bitter, Warm, Dry
Antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-septic
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, astringent
Carminative, circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue
Tonify the nervous system
Invigorate the lungs
Used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil Profile
Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenols, Ketones, Oxides
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil Highlights:
Rosemary essential oil has a reputation for increasing circulation. Rosemary can counteract symptoms of stress, such as depression and fatigue.
It is anti-inflammatory, and it is very effective for painful muscles and joints, muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism,
migraine, headaches, coughs, and flu.
Useful in beauty treatments, used in hair care, acne and cellulite remedies
Rosemary prevents nightmares, and helps you remember good dreams.
Safety: Rosemary can be overstimulating and may increase blood pressure. Use with caution for children under 10 years old.
Rosemary essential oil blends well with other herbal oils, such as Spike Lavender, and coniferous oils, such as Siberian Fir and Juniper Berry, and sharp-scented citruses, such as Lemon and Grapefruit. Rosemary can soften bold spicy scents, such as Clove, Ginger, and Black Pepper.
Here are just some of the many ways you can use your rosemary essential oil:
Add a drop of Rosemary to a handful of shampoo to wash your hair with.
Massage with Rosemary oil can increase attentiveness, alertness while increasing breathing rate and blood pressure.
Rosemary essential oil is an active ingredient in these azendea products:
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