Rosemary Essential Oils And Aromatherapy

The essential oil of rosmarinus officinalis has multiple uses.

Rosemary, or Rosmarinus Officinalis (as it is called by botanists), is a shrub-like evergreen bush with green/gray needle-like leaves and pale blue flowers. It is from the Labiatae family of herbs. Rosemary is known for its camphor-like aroma, but the scent is also herbaceous woody and slightly minty undertones. Rosemary is from the Latin term, "ňúRosmarinus' which means sea dew. It is known that Rosemary is fond of water and could be found growing near the sea. Native to the Mediterranean, it is grown extensively there, and it is now cultivated throughout the world. One interesting old tale tells that the flowers on Rosemary became light blue when the Virgin Mary put her cloak over the bush. Once you have smelled the rejuvenating aroma of Rosemary, you will not soon forget it.

Rosemary was used in the Middle Ages to ward off evil spirits and was also used as protection against the plague. It was frequently burnt in hospitals during epidemics and used to disinfect sickrooms. Rosemary was given sacred status by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who decorated their statues with wreaths made from it.

Rosemary's essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and flowering tips of the plant. It is one of the most popular of the essential oils and has a multitude of uses. It is commonly used for overworked muscles, arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation. It has a warming effect helpful for cold weather conditions such as rheumatic pain. It is used as an analgesic (frequently used in muscle liniments), antiseptic (used for intestinal infections, diarrhea, indigestion, gas, and liver and gallbladder disorders), antioxidant and antimicrobial agent. It is restorative and improves mental clarity and memory, thus the old saying, "ňúRosemary for remembrance.' Rosemary is a natural mood enhancer, alleviating depression. Rosemary is also a widely-used culinary herb with a distinctive flavor.

It is also an excellent herb for the respiratory system for such conditions as asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. Rosemary is useful in controlling dandruff and stimulates hair growth. A few drops of pure Rosemary essential oil on your hairbrush will increase the health and shine of your hair. You may also add a few drops of the oil to your shampoo or conditioner.

When purchasing Rosemary essential oil, look for one that is certified organic and 100% pure, with no added synthetic chemicals. Always use with a carrier oil and avoid getting near your eyes. If you are pregnant, do not use Rosemary oil. Also, do not use if you are epileptic or have high blood pressure. Do not ingest it, as it is toxic to the nerves. It is always best to contact a professional aromatherapist before using an essential oil for health reasons.

Rosemary blends well with Cedarwood, Citronella, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemongrass. A nice blend for fatigue is a mixture of two drops of each of the following essential oils: Rosemary, Lavender, and Peppermint mixed with one half ounce of carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil.

If you decide to grow your own Rosemary plant, remember to pot it up for the winter months and bring it inside until the spring. Rosemary adapts well to indoor living in the winter.

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