Rosemary is a shrubby evergreen bush that grows up to 1.5 meters (4 feet) high with
green-gray needle-shaped leaves and pale blue/lilac flowers that bees just love
and is originally from Asia, but is now cultivated all over the world.
The Rosemary bush belongs to the mint family which includes basil, lavender, myrtle,
Rosemary oil is one of the most popular essential oils due to its wide array of
It has become increasingly important and popular over the years as more of its
various health benefits have become understood.
This crisp and clean smelling essential oil is great for stimulating the brain,
improving memory and mental clarity and boosting mental activity.
It helps with
a variety of congested respiratory tract problems, stiff muscles, coldness as well as
boosting the liver and gall bladder.
It is also used for skin care, improving hair and scalp health and stimulating
Rosemary, also known as Rosmarinus Officinalis, is very popular in the
Mediterranean region as a culinary herb.
Many dishes are cooked with Rosemary oil and freshly plucked Rosemary leaves.
The name is derived from the Latin 'Rosmarinus' or 'sea dew', as it is rather fond
The Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans considered the herb as sacred and even
in the Middle Ages it was used to ward off evils spirits and used as a protection
against the plague.
It was burnt in French hospitals during epidemics.
Rosemary oil has a clear, powerful refreshing herbal smell, is clear in color and
watery in viscosity.
Rosemary essential oil is mostly extracted from the leaves
by steam distillation.
Health Benefits of Rosemary Oil
The health benefits of Rosemary essential oil made it a favorite of Paracelsus,
a renowned German-Swiss physician and botanist, who made significant contributions
to the understanding of herbal medicine during the 16th century.
Paracelsus valued Rosemary oil because of its ability to strengthen the entire body.
He correctly believed that Rosemary oil had the ability to heal delicate organs such
as the liver, brain, and heart.
Today, many medicinal preparations contain Rosemary oil.
Rosemary oil helps with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous
The antiseptic action of Rosemary oil is especially suitable for intestinal
infections and diarrhea or constipation, easing colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence,
hepatic disorders and cleaning cuts.
It helps with jaundice and relieving pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis,
muscular aches and pains and gout.
It also helps for arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation and varicose veins.
Rosemary oil is effective for
decongesting the respiratory tract, sinus problems and is a skin and
It is also an insect repellant.
Diffusing the oil into the air will disinfect the room.
Using the oil in a massage oil may help with sore muscles.
Used externally, Rosemary oil can help soothe the stomach and relieve pain from
indigestion, menstrual cramps or other difficulties.
The diuretic properties of Rosemary oil are useful with reducing water retention
during menstruation, and also with obesity and cellulite.
Add these essential oils to 20ml (4 tsp) carrier oil.
- Blend 1: To bring back zest to a tired mind
|4 drops Rosemary|
|2 drops Peppermint|
|4 drops Grapefruit|
- Blend 2: To revitalize aching muscles
|4 drops Rosemary|
|2 drops Vetiver|
|4 drops Black Pepper|
- Blend 3: To warm and loosen muscles
|4 drops Rosemary|
|2 drops Ginger|
|4 drops Lavandin|
- Blend 4: To warm and soothe painful muscles
|4 drops Rosemary|
|2 drops Ginger|
|4 drops Eucalyptus|
Indigestion: Rosemary oil is often used for indigestion, relieving flatulence,
stomach cramps, constipation, and bloating.
Rosemary essential oil is also thought to relieve symptoms of dyspepsia and it is
an appetite stimulant.
It also helps to regulate the creation and release of bile, which is a key
part of the digestive process.
Furthermore, it stimulates the liver and gall bladder and helps to lower high
It promotes the supply of blood to the organs of digestion.
Furthermore, research has shown the essential oil to be detoxifying for the liver
and it ensures that the liver is sufficiently well supplied with fresh blood, that is
rich in oxygen.
It also stimulates blood flow and improves circulation, which can benefit the
absorption of nutrients from food.
It also has very regenerative and purifying actions on the cells of the glands.
Hair care: Rosemary oil and Rosemary teas are widely used for hair care in
shampoos and lotions.
Its stimulating action increases circulation to the scalp and so benefits scalp
disorders (dry and flaky scalps) and encourages hair growth.
Regular use of Rosemary oil helps to stimulate follicles, making hair grow longer
It is also believed that Rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of
Therefore, it is an excellent tonic for bald people or those who are beginning to
show signs on male pattern baldness.
Regular massaging of the scalp with Rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes
Furthermore, it is often mixed with Tea Tree oil and Basil oil to treat
For many years, Rosemary has been combined with olive oil as a way to darken and
strengthen hair by using hot oil treatments.
When added to shampoo it not only increases the circulation to the scalp,
thereby improving hair growth, but also acts as a general conditioner and tonic
for the hair and scalp.
- Treatment for Baldness: mix together 5ml Rosemary oil, 5 drops Lemongrass
oil and 125ml of olive oil.
Rub a small amount into the scalp every night for 1 week.
Do not shampoo until the end of the week.
Mouth care: Rosemary essential oil is a disinfectant and is often used as a
It also helps in removing bad breath.
By removing oral bacteria, Rosemary essential oil can prevent gingivitis, cavities,
plaque build up, and other damaging dental conditions.
Skin care: Rosemary essential oil does have antimicrobial and antiseptic
qualities that make it beneficial in efforts to eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily
skin, and acne.
It helps to ease congestion, puffiness and swelling.
Because of its astringent action it has a tightening effect and is effective for
countering sagging skin.
Wrinkles and unclean skin will quickly become something of the past after using
Rosemary on a regular basis.
Topical application or regular massage with the essential oil mixed in a carrier
oil helps in toning your skin, removing dryness and giving your
skin a healthy, even glow because it improves blood circulation and decongests
As an addition to a bath, or when used in a fragrance lamp, it opens the pores
and thereby makes it possible to achieve a more thorough purification and purging
of the tissue.
It also disinfects and embalms the skin and the inner nerve tracts.
Easing the Mind: Rosemary essential oil is an excellent brain and
This essential oil helps to clear the mind, sharpen the memory and boost the
central nervous system.
It offers protection against mental strain and, at the same time, it bestows a high
measure of ability to concentrate, to think logically and aid mental vitality.
It stimulates mental activity and is a good remedy for depression, mental fatigue
and forgetfulness (it helps improve memory).
It is often used by students during exam times because it increases concentration
and helps in studying efficiently.
In a 2003 study, researchers found that 144 test participants who inhaled Rosemary
oil during an exam displayed significantly higher cognitive function.
Some researchers are beginning to explore the options for using Rosemary
oil as an alternative treatment for slowing down the onset of Alzheimer's disease
in certain patients because of this apparent connection between boosted neural
activity and the essential oil.
- Inhaling Rosemary oil seems to lift your spirits immediately.
Whenever your brain is tired, try inhaling a little Rosemary oil to remove boredom
and renew your mental energy.
To overcome sluggishness and revive mental clarity, use Blend 1 above and
rub it into the neck and shoulders.
To clear mental fatigue and renew enthusiasm for your work, vaporize 3 drops
Rosemary and 3 drops Lemon.
- To transform mental anxiety and weakness into clarity and strength,
vaporize 3 drops Rosemary and 3 drops Juniper Berry.
- To improve poor concentration, vaporize 3 drops Rosemary and 3 drops
Stress Relief: Aside from the relaxing nature of aromatherapy and general
inhalation of Rosemary essential oil, it has been proven to actually decrease the
level of cortisol in the saliva.
Cortisol is one of the main stress hormones that are released during the "flight
or fight" response of the body to stress.
Excess cortisol in the blood that may occur due to chronic stress can wreak havoc
on the body, including its hormonal balance and the efficiency of the metabolism.
A study released in 2007 said that inhaling Rosemary oil and Lavender oil for five
minutes significantly reduced the levels of cortisol in the test subject's saliva,
which could seriously decrease the dangers inherent from chronic stress.
Immune System Boost: Antioxidants are some of the most valuable defensive
weapons we have in our body for fighting off infection and disease, so any food
or essential oil that either adds to or stimulates the activity of antioxidants is
a huge benefit to overall health.
The same study which found that cortisol levels decreased after
inhalation of Rosemary essential oil also found that the scavenging free radical
activity in the test subjects' bodies also increased significantly.
This means that regular use or inhalation of Rosemary essential oil in aromatherapy
sessions or in other ways can increase the strength of the immune system and help
combat all of the diseases associated with free radicals, including cancer and
Pain relief: The ability of Rosemary essential oil to relieve pain (its
analgesic properties) has resulted
in its extensive use in treating headaches, muscle pains, rheumatism and even
Massaging the affected area that is in pain with Rosemary essential oil can
quickly relieve the pain.
Rosemary oil can be used externally in times of illness to speed recovery by
rubbing on the feet or any areas that are sore.
Vapor baths with Rosemary oil are also found to be effective in the treatment of
It has certain anti-inflammatory qualities as well, which makes it very good for
relieving the pain from sprains and joint aches.
Furthermore, it is known to stimulate blood circulation, which can relieve pain
and also aid in coagulation of wounds for faster healing.
To stimulate and warm sore muscles, especially before or after playing sports,
use Blend 2 above and massage it into the relevant areas.
To ease chronic backache, take a warm bath containing 2 drops Rosemary and
4 drops Lavender.
- To warm cold limbs, ease muscular aches and improve circulation, apply
Blend 3 above to the affected areas.
- To loosen stiff muscles after sports apply Blend 3 above.
- To ease stiff or pulled muscles, use Blend 4 above and rub it into the
affected areas twice a day.
Aroma: Rosemary has a mesmerizing aroma, which makes Rosemary essential
oil an excellent inhalant.
The oil is used in room fresheners, cosmetics, beauty aids, food, bath oil, candles
and perfumes because of its unique and intoxicating aroma.
When the oil is inhaled, it can boost mental energy and is also known to clear the
respiratory tract (congestion).
In vapor therapy, Rosemary oil can be helpful for alcohol
over-indulgence, overwork, sinusitis and physical tiredness.
It furthermore stimulates the brain, improves memory and promotes clear thinking.
Many people spray a mixture of Rosemary essential oil and water to remove bad odors
from rooms and objects.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Recent research suggests that the use of
Rosemary essential oil's antimicrobial qualities can help reduce the effects and
recurring inflammation of the herpes virus.
The herpes virus can quickly develop immunity to normal antiviral medication, so
alternative methods are always being explored.
A number of studies have now shown Rosemary essential oil to be an effective
option for reducing the symptoms of the herpes virus in test subjects, and even
affects the level of contagiousness of the virus.
Respiratory problems: The benefits of Rosemary essential oil in treating
respiratory problems are well-researched and supported.
Rosemary oil has antiseptic qualities so it is effective for respiratory
infections and gives relief from throat and sinus congestion.
It is also used in the treatment of respiratory allergies, colds, sore throats
and the flu.
The oil is also antispasmodic and is therefore used in some treatment programs for
bronchial asthma, bronchitis and catarrh.
- Rheumatism treatment for your pet: Put 6 drops of Rosemary oil in 1/2 c
Use this to massage the area that needs pain relief.
- Blended massage oil or in the bath:
As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, Rosemary oil can assist with
liver and gall problems, mucus congestion, muscular aches, cramps, pains and spasms,
stiff neck, overwork, rheumatism, arthritis, colds, constipation, diarrhea, coughs,
bronchitis, back pain, scalp disorders, sinusitis, mental fatigue and physical
Pregnant women should avoid Rosemary essential oil.
Avoid in epilepsy and hypertension (high blood pressure).
Avoid with homeopathics.
Because its oil is extremely potent, it should never be ingested directly.
Blends Well With
Rosemary oil blends particularly well with Cedarwood, Citronella, Geranium, Lavender,
Lemongrass and Peppermint.
Rosemary also blends well with
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Elemi,
Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba,
Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Oregano, Petitgrain, Pine, Ravensara,
Tea Tree and Thyme.
- Herbal Home Remedies, Llewellyn Publications, 1992 and 2004.
- The Essential Oils Handbook, Jennie Harding, Watkins Publishing,