“Rosemary is there for remembrance, is a comforting note that encourages many master minds and for those to be.”
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Source: Flowering tops and leaves
The rosemary essential oil is also known as the ‘I remember’ oil. The variety of rosemary herb from which essential oil is obtained by steam distillation bears pale blue flowers. Rosemary essential oil has been in use for several centuries and people in ancient Greece burned the oil in shrines, while the Romans considered this natural oil as an emblem of rejuvenation. On the other hand, the Moors or the Black people grew this herb along their orchards to repel insects, while during the Middle Ages, people used the essential oil distilled from the aromatic flowers of rosemary as a fumigant to ward off evil spirits. In the recent past, people in France used rosemary essential oil to sanitize the hospital wards during epidemic outbreaks.
Rosemary essential oil also possesses numerous therapeutic properties and is used to treat and alleviate various conditions. This natural oil also possesses uplifting properties and its invigorating aroma has the ability to alleviate mental and physical exhaustion after a hard day’s toil. It has been established that use of rosemary essential oil helps to alleviate inflexible, throbbing, exhausted or hackneyed muscles when it is used as a massage or bath oil following hectic activities. In addition, rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for the hair and helps to maintain its health and luster. This oil also helps to renew the skin. The therapeutic properties makes it essential to keep a bottle of rosemary essential oil in all first aid kits as it is antiseptic and helps in healing wounds and burns. The herb has derived its name from the Latin term rosmarinus that denotes ‘dew’ (ros) and ‘sea’ (marinus), together called the ‘dew of the sea’. It is believed that this name has been designated to the herb since is often found growing naturally in the costal areas.
This herb is found in various forms varying from the tall straight variety to sprawling types. When growing straight, the rosemary plant may be as high as 1.5 m or five feet. As aforementioned, the leaves of this herb are needle-like and evergreen in nature, growing throughout the year, and their length usually vary between 2 cm and 4 cm, while they are about 2 mm to 5 mm in width. The surface of the leaves is green, while they are white underneath having thick, short woolly bristles. The flowers of this herb are found in various hues, including white, blue, purple and pink. Among these, only the aromatic blue flowers are steam distilled to obtain the rosemary essential oil. Chemical analysis of rosemary essential oil has revealed that its main elements include a-pinene, bornyl acetate, borneol, b-pinene, camphor, camphene, limonene and 1,8-cineole.
As discussed earlier, the essential oil distilled from the fragrant flowers of rosemary is also a wonderful tonic for the brain as well as the nervous system. Several students appearing for exams use this oil regularly since it helps in studies as well as enhancing concentration. This natural oil also clears the mind and helps to think positively. Since rosemary essential oil possesses the potential to promote mental activities like enhancing memory, it is an effective remedy for mental conditions, such as forgetfulness, mental exhaustion and depression. The uplifting properties of this essential oil help to lift one spirits when he or she inhales it. It is advisable that people enduring mental fatigue should inhale this aromatic oil with a view to get rid of dullness and renew the cerebral energy. It has been a part of the Ayurvedic regimen and certain other Complementary medicinal practices for its incredible medicinal benefits and its culinary uses. “Helps a weak memory and quickens the senses. The oil drawn from the leaves and flowers, is a sovereign help…touch the temples and nostrils with two or three drops”
Since rosemary essential oil possesses an aroma that is mesmerizing or exciting, it forms a wonderful inhalant that helps to cure several conditions. In addition, owing to its wonderful aroma, this essential oil forms an ingredient in bath oil, foods, beauty aids, room fresheners, perfumes, cosmetic products and even fragrant candles. Inhaling rosemary essential oil helps to enhances as well as renews mental energy and also clears the respiratory tract from congestion. Several people mix rosemary essential oil with water and spray the solution inside the house to get rid of any foul smell from the room.
Blends well with
aches and pains
boils and carbuncles
coughs and colds
dry and aging skin
fainting and vertigo
low blood pressure
normalizes high cholesterol levels
sprains and strains
The essential oil obtained by distilling the pale blue flowers of rosemary possesses numerous therapeutic properties and is used widely. Hence, many unscrupulous traders often adulterate this essential oil by mixing sage, turpentine and aspic with it. Therefore, while you are purchasing this valuable natural oil, be cautious and ensure that you are buying the genuine product. People enduring high blood pressure or hypertension should never use this oil. In addition, rosemary essential oil is not suitable for people suffering from epilepsy.
On several occasions, use of rosemary essential oil may result in allergic reactions and, therefore, it should only be used after obtaining a prescription from a qualified and competent medical practitioner. This natural oil is also volatile or unsteady by nature and, hence, may cause nausea, vomiting and spasms in some cases. In addition, it is advisable that rosemary essential oil should never be used during pregnancy as an overdose of this medication may result in forced abortion or prove to be detrimental for the fetus. Even nursing women or those breastfeeding also should not use rosemary essential oil, as it may affect the infant adversely.