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Rosemary Essential Oil (rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary Essential Oil (rosmarinus officinalis)

French Rosemary has a fresh, camphor-like, a herbal scent and a top/middle note. The rosemary herb will grow to about 4 feet high with fine needle leaves and small, blue flowers. The rosemary essential oil is obtained through the stem distillation of the leaves and flowering tops. The rosemary herb was originally native to the Mediterranean, but rosemary is now grown worldwide. The essential oil mainly comes from France, spain and North Africa. The rosemary plant has been used for culinary and medicinal gualitys for centuries and has long been valued as a sacred plant. It is burnt to drive away infections. Rosemary oil has traditionally been used in skin and hair care for many years. The piercing quality of rosemary oil makes it a valuable oil for respiratory problems, these range from asthma, sinusitis, catarrh to the common cold. For these it is often used as a steam inhalation, rosemary essential oil has the ability to clear the head. Rosemary can be used in massage, baths and compresses to help relieve pain in rheumatism and arthritis. It is a good oil for use for tired, stiff and overworked muscles. After lavender essential oil, rosemary is probably one of the most important of the oils of the labiatae family used in aromatherapy.

Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis.

Family: Labiatae.

Plant part used: The oil is obtained from the herb, flowering tops and leaves.

Extraction: Extraction is by steam distillation.

Blends well with: Basil, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, ginger, lemon, myrrh, orange, black pepper, clary sage, mandarin, marjoram, myrtle, petitgrain, ylang ylang, pine and peppermint.

Properties of Rosemary Oil: Analgestic, antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, carminative, digestive, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, tonic. Mind: Helps to clear the head and aids the memory. Good for general dullness, mental strain and lethargy. When there is weakness and exhaustion rosemary oil can be very invigorating and strengthens the mind. Body: Helps to clears headaches and migrains especially when connected to gastric problems. Apain-relieving agent without being too sedative, helps to ease gout, rheumatic pains and tired overworked muscles. Effects on the skin: Rosemary may ease skin congestion, puffiness and swelling. Helpful for sagging skin as rosemary oil is a strong astringent - toning and binding. Rosemary can ease dandruff and encourage hair growth.

Aroma: Rosemary essential oil has a refreshing herbal fragrance, that is strong, clear and penetrating.

Using Rosemary Essential Oil

Please remember that essential oils are for aromatherapy use only and are not for ingesting!

Aromatherapy Burner Blend
As well as making your room smell fresh these two blends can help you to focus the mind and sooth exam and other nerves. Fill the bowl of your oil burner with water. Add the oils. Light the candle to heat the oils. Alternatively, put the drops on a handkerchief and inhale at intervals. Try Blending the following oils:

Blend 1
3 drops pure rosemary essential oil
2 drops pure coriander essential oil
4 drops pure lemon essential oil

Blend 2
3 drops pure rosemary essential oil
3 drops pure basil essential oil
3 drops pure orange essential oil

Rosemary Foot Blend
This is a blend that is especially good for your tired feet. Stir into a bowl of comfortably hot water. Sit back and soak for about 15 minutes.

2 drops pure rosemary essential oil
2 drops pure camomile essential oil
15ml cider vinegar

Aromatherapy Uses

Muscle Ache Blends.
Massage the blend below into the areas you will be using the most, such as your legs, arms and buttocks. If possible, ask a friend or partner to massage your back. Use this blend after exercise.

15ml extra virgin olive oil
10ml diluted rosemary oil
3 drops pure camomile essential oil
2 drops pure lavender essential oil
3 drops pure marjoram essential oil

Wake-Up Shower Gel
Sponge and massage this homemade shower gel over your skin.

15ml base shower gel
2 drops pure rosemary essential oil
2 drops pure bergamot essential oil
2 drops pure grapefruit essential oil

Rosemary Leg Massage
For a leg massage oil blend use 10ml diluted rosemary oil, or make the following blend:

10ml diluted rosemary oil
1 drop pure lavender essential oil
1 drop pure frankincense essential oil

Pour the rosemary oil into a small bowl. Add the other oils, and swirl around the dish to blend well. For massage, the camphorated scent of rosemary harmonizes with woody, herbaceous and citrus aromas such as cedarwood, pine, marjoram, lavender and bergamot oils. It also marries well with sweet-smelling oils such as geranium, camomile and coriander, and with the balsamic camphorated aroma of frankincense oil.

Diy Projects
Rosemary oil can be used for foot baths, shower gels, perfumes, deodorants and can even be a gentle, cleansing oil for a balancing face mask.
Bergamot essential oil can be used for all your diy projects, make refreshing bath blends, oil burner blends, body washes, hand lotions, make your own refreshing bergamot water there are many uses for bergamot oil.