Rosemary essential oil comes from the leaves and flowers of the popular rosemary herb (Rosmarinus officinalis) and is a refreshing and invigorating oil with a woody herbal scent.
Rosemary oil contains the active compounds carnosol, rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid which haveanti-oxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and expectorant properties. It can be used aromatically and topically to reduce spasms and inflammation of the airways as well as a treatment for coughing, asthma and bronchitis.
It can boost memory and focus, which has been linked to one of its active compounds called 1,8-cineole. This makes rosemary oil useful when driving long distances, studying and working late.
Rosemary oil may reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol which results in a calming oil that may treat anxiety. It is also an effective insect and mosquito repellent.
Directions for use
Dilute 2-3 drops of rosemary oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto the skin, muscles and joints to treat inflammation and pain. You can also add 4-5 drops to warm water for a soothing bath.
Inhale rosemary oil to boost memory, open the airways and repel insects, by adding 3 drops to an oil diffuser or burner, or rubbing some oil onto the chest and pulse points. This oil also blends well with lavender, cardamom, chamomile, peppermint and geranium oil.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.