Rosemary Essential Oil<br/><em>Rosmarinus Officinalis</em>
Most know rosemary for cooking, and while it helps add another dimension of deliciousness to meals, rosemary oil has several spiritual and health benefits. In folk medicine, it’s most common uses are to help treat digestive issues and muscle pain. However, some swear that the oil can also help improve memory.
The Romans, Greeks, and even the Egyptians considered rosemary to be a sacred plant. Romans would use it for healing and rumor has it that every household garden had a rosemary plant in it. It was said to also ward away evil spirits and protect homes.
- Mental Function. Rosemary has been used for centuries to help improve mental function, memory and focus. Science has been backing up that folk medicine usage with research that corroborates its use. One study, for example, showed that students who used rosemary oil aromatherapy were more alert and performed better on overall memory factors as well as secondary memory factors. Yet another study suggests that rosemary improves mental accuracy and speed.
- Anxiety. Reduce anxiety and stressed nerves with the smell of rosemary oil. A study published in Holistic Nursing Practice revealed that rosemary’s scent reduced test-taking anxiety. Another study demonstrated that rosemary reduced the creation of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Immunity Boost. Rosemary oil is packed with properties that help your immune system. Antioxidants aid the fight of toxins and free radicals. Antibacterial and antifungal properties help eliminate another set of potentially damaging germs. There may be some help from rosemary’s anti-inflammatory nature too. Increasingly, medical professionals suggest that inflammation is one of the top causes of chronic illness and disease. In a way, these anti-inflammatory elements help keep your body’s immune response from over-responding to threats.
- Congestion. Ease throat and nasal congestion with rosemary oil. This benefit is backed up by plenty of research, revealing that the oil is also beneficial for respiratory illnesses as well as a sore throat, colds, flu and allergies.
- Hair Growth. Rosemary oil stimulates hair follicles, helping to promote hair growth. Rosemary also may offer protective qualities that inhibit early hair loss. Some users of rosemary oil also believe that the oil helps prevent the hair from turning gray. There is some evidence backing up these claims, mostly from hair care companies who are researching new and prospective products.
- Third Eye and Throat Chakras. Tap into your intuition and the universe’s wisdom while working on your Third Eye Chakra. You can do this by adding rosemary essential oil to your burner or diffuser during meditation or yoga. You can do the same when you’re working on your throat chakra. Rosemary oil literally clears the congestion in your throat, so you can better express yourself and your truth, as a balanced throat chakra allows.
Rosemary oil is strong, and it may cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you’re just starting out with rosemary oil, test a bit of it on a small patch of skin or use it lightly as an aromatherapy so you can gauge your tolerance. It’s also advisable to dilute the rosemary essential oil in carrier oil before general use. Do not use rosemary oil with younger children; it may be safe for kids older than 10 years of age. If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid using rosemary oil. Rosemary should not be taken internally as it can lead to vomiting and spasms. If you have a chronic illness or are taking any kind of medication, it’s wise to seek the advice of your personal health-care provider before using rosemary oil.
- Botanical Name: Rosmarinus Officinalis
- Common Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
- Plant 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