Rosemary essential oil has a slightly medicinal smell somewhat like camphor. Depending on the variety, it can be reminiscently herbaceous like pine trees, woody, or even minty.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Rosmarinus officinalis bush. Its origins have been traced back to the coastal areas of the Mediterranean, hence the Latin combination of ros and marinus meaning “dew of the sea.”
Variations of Rosemary Oil
There are two varieties of rosemary essential oil commonly sold, Rosemary Cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis var cineole) and Rosemary Verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis var verbenone). Rosemary verbenone has a stronger aroma and is considered to be harsher in its actions.
Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil
Because Rosemary contains camphor, a-Pinene, and β-Pinene, it provides welcome relief from respiratory problems and is a known bronchodilator. From the names alone, you can deduce that a-Pinene and β-Pinene are compounds found in pine resin (which gives the forest its characteristic scent). The unique properties in Rosemary Cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis var cineole) are particularly effective at easing congestion and relieving sinus conditions.
Skin and hair may also benefit from its naturally astringent properties. Rosemary oil is often recommended for oily skin that is prone to acne, and it can decrease dandruff as well. When applied topically, Rosemary Verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis var verbenone) is generally thought to be safer than Rosemary Cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis var cineole).
Rosemary also has the ability to increase concentration and stimulate memory, so it’s often recommended for use when attentiveness is paramount (such as during long-distance driving).
Therapeutic Properties of Rosemary Essential Oil
Research on Rosemary Essential Oil
Researchers have observed promising cognitive improvement in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease when Rosemary was incorporated into an aromatherapy treatment.
Precautions When Using Rosemary Essential Oil
Observe the standard safety guidelines when using Rosemary essential oil.
Children and individuals who are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or suffer from epilepsy should not use Rosemary due to its stimulating effects. Combining it with homeopathic treatments should also be avoided.
Buying Rosemary Essential Oil
Typically, Rosemary essential oil sells for around $10 per ounce.
Rosemary Blends Well With...
Essential Oil Safety
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit
Aromatherapy and the Mind
The Aromatherapy Workbook