Rosemary Essential Oil

by Socha on September 14, 2012

Rosmarinus officinalisRosemary is an aromatic bush with silver-green needle shaped leaves and pale blue flowers, found growing freely all over Europe. It loves water and this is reflected in its name which is taken from two Latin words “ros” and “marinus” meaning “Dew of the Sea”.

Rosemary is an ancient plant, steeped in mythology. According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. It has also been said that the Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, turning the flowers to blue. The shrub then became known as the ‘Rose of Mary’.

Rosemary was one of the earliest plants to be used in medicine. The Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all revered it as a sacred plant and traces of it have been found in Egyptian tombs.

It has a very recognisable scent with sharp and fresh green top notes and campherous undertones. It is classed as a Middle Note.

Rosemary is an excellent brain stimulant and a tonic for the heart, liver and gall bladder. It has antiseptic properties and analgesic properties, making it great for aches and pains. It is also very useful in helping respiratory problems, from coughs and cold to asthma.


For the Mind:

  • Its fresh stimulating scent gives a feeling of great mental clarity
  • It also stimulates and aids concentration


For the Body:

  • Has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system which makes it valuable when there is loss or reduction of functions, such as loss of smell, poor sight, or where sensory nerves have been affected.
  • Can help to clear a headache due to its analgesic effects
  • Has a strong antiseptic action
  • Valuable for respiratory problems, ranging from colds, catarrh and sinusitis, through to asthma.
  • It has good analgesic effects without having the sedative effects of many other painkilling oils and is good for tired, stiff aching muscles.
  • Has a long tradition of being used in skin and hair care and is particularly valuable for poor hair health.



 Here are some ways you can use Rosemary essential oil at home:

Massage oil – Blend it with carrier oil for massage or use a few drops in the bath for:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Muscular aches, pains, strains
  • Improving circulation
  • Headaches
  • Mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion
  • Head massage –  to stimulate and support the hair and scalp
  • Coughs and colds
  • Sinusitis


Oil Burner – Add a few drops to some water and burn around the house to help with:

  • Mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion
  • Coughs and colds
  • Sinusitis


Cream or alcohol base – add a few drops to a cream base or alcohol base to use for skin conditions, where oil is not appropriate for:

  •  Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Muscular aches, pains, strains
  • Hair tonic



Some cautions to keep in mind:

As with all essential oils, I recommend that you don’t use them when pregnant without consulting a qualified practitioner.

Rosemary essential oil should not be used where there is a history or epilepsy or high blood pressure.

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