Essential Oil for Real Life: Rosemary

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Essential Oil for Real Life: Rosemary

Rosemary is for remembrance… it has long been a symbol of love and in years past was traditionally used at weddings. It has been one of the most widely used plants in history… used for everything from hair loss to keeping insects at bay. It can be used for mental clarity, for purifying spaces, cleaning cuts and scraps, relieve muscle ache in massage, as well as boosting you immune system.
Rosemary is one of my favorite scents and I was thrilled to learn it could be used in so much more than cooking… though don’t get me wrong, I love it in the kitchen! The essential oil has a very heavy camphor as opposed to the plant itself, this makes the oil very beneficial in massage – it increases circulation and has a warming effect on the body. Rosemary is wonderful  when you want to stay alert and focused for long periods of time. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages, she documented over 12,000 remedies for symptoms and diseases. No surprise that rosemary is listed in the contents.

Rosemary Essential Oil:

Rosemary Essential oil is an analgesic, anti-arthritic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, hypertensive, restorative, stimulant, tonic.

Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil

  • boosts mental clarity and focus
  • relieve respiratory problems
  • in massage, increases circulation, warms the body, reduces muscle and arthritis pain
  • stimulates hair growth, is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalps
  • detoxifying for the liver
  • often used for indigestion, relieving flatulence, stomach cramps, constipation, and bloating
  • can prevent gingivitis, cavities, plaque build up, and other damaging dental conditions
  • actually decreases the level of cortisol in the body, helping to lower stress levels
  • boosts the immune system

Some of the more popular application of rosemary essential oil are:

  • Regularly massaging rosemary oil into the scalp can nourish the hair and removes dandruff
  • Simply inhaling rosemary oil can lift spirits, stimulate a tired brain, remove boredom, renew mental energy
  • Apply rosemary oil topically and massage into sore spots to sooth pain and muscles
  • Open the heart chakra by promoting circulation of Qi energy and blood

Characteristics of Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Color: Clear
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium – Strong
  • Aromatic Description: Fresh, herbaceous, sweet, slightly medicinal.

Rosemary Essential Oil Blend to Lift Your Mood

  • 1 drop ylang ylang III
  • 1 drop bergamot
  • 3 drops clary sage
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 1 tsp carrier oil

Put in a roller bottle and apply on your wrists and behind your ears, massage in, and wear like perfume.
Blends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, oregano, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, tea tree, thyme
Precaution: Avoid in epilepsy, hypertension, and while pregnant. Avoid with homeopathics. Mix with a carrier oil for massage for folks with sensitive skin