All about Rosemary

November 3, 2019

It wasn't just Shakespeare who wrote about Rosemary for remembrance. Rosemary has been used for many of it's therapeutic and aromatic constituents, including memory. 

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Did you know that Rosemary is known as ‘dew of the sea’ because is native to the sea cliffs of the Mediterranean region?

 

Rosemary belongs to an aromatic family of herbs which include basil, lavender, myrtle and sage. It was considered sacred by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews and Romans. They used it to improve memory, for incense and protection.

 

As a symbol of remembrance rosemary was strewn into graves as a promise to loved ones that they would never be forgotten.

 

Rosemary essential oil is best known for its stimulating, soothing and pain-relieving properties. It is used for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

 

For thousands of years, folk medicine has also used Rosemary for its ability to improve memory, soothe digestive issues, and relieve aching muscles.

 

If you want to get technical, here are some of the main chemical constituents of Rosemary.

 

α -Pinene: Anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, expectorant, bronchodilator 

Camphor: Cough suppressant, decongestant, febrifuge (for fever), anesthetic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory 

1,8-Cineol: Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, cough suppressant 

Camphene: Anti-oxidant, soothing, anti-inflammatory 

Limonene: Nervous system stimulant, psychostimulant, mood-balancing, appetite suppressant, detoxifying 

Linalool: Sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, analgesic 

 

Used in aromatherapy, Rosemary Oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function.

It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration.

 

The scent of Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the appetite and is also known to reduce the level of harmful stress hormones that are released when involved in tense experiences.

Inhaling Rosemary Oil boosts the immune system by stimulating internal anti-oxidant activity, which in turn fights ailments caused by free radicals, and it relieves throat and nasal congestion by clearing the respiratory tract.

 

Diluted and used topically, Rosemary Essential Oil is known to stimulate hair growth, reduce pain, soothe inflammation, eliminate headaches, strengthen the immune system, and condition hair to make it look and feel healthy.

 

Used in a massage, Rosemary Oil’s detoxifying properties can facilitate healthy digestion, relieve flatulence, bloating and cramps, and relieve constipation. Through massage, this oil stimulates circulation, which allows the body to better absorb nutrients from food.

 

In cosmetics for hair care, Rosemary Essential Oil’s tonic properties stimulate hair follicles to lengthen and strengthen hair while slowing the graying of hair, preventing hair loss, and moisturizing dry scalp to relieve dandruff.

 

Traditionally, Rosemary Oil combined with Olive Oil in a hot oil hair treatment has been known to darken and strengthen hair. The anti-microbial, antiseptic, astringent, antioxidant, and tonic properties of this oil make it a beneficial additive in skin care products that are meant to soothe or even treat dry or oily skin, eczema, inflammation, and acne.

Effective for all skin types, this rejuvenating oil can be added to soaps, face washes, face masks, toners, and creams to achieve firm yet hydrated skin that appears to have a healthy glow that is free of unwanted marks.

 

Rosemary Essential Oil’s refreshing and energizing aroma can be be diluted with water and used in natural homemade room fresheners to eliminate unpleasant odors from the environment as well as from objects. 

 

Rosemary Essential Oil’s anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-septic properties make it a natural homemade multi-purpose cleaning spray to cleanse indoor environments and eliminate harmful bacteria therein. A dilution of Rosemary Oil in distilled white vinegar and water make a spray cleanser that is suitable to wipe down surfaces like counter tops.

 

Rosemary Essential Oil is most commonly extracted through the steam distillation of the plant’s flowering tops and leaves. After distillation, the oil has a watery viscosity and can be colorless or pale yellow. It's powerful and refreshing smell is herbaceous and similar to mint with an undertone that is characterized as woody and balsamic.