Rosemary Oil

Rosemary OilCommon name: Rosemary Oil
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Habitat regions: Mediterranean, Morocco and nowadays in North America and Great Britain
Common method of extraction: Steam distillation
Part of plant used: Flowering tops
Color: Clear
Scent: Powerful refreshing, camphoraceous and herbal
Combines well with: Cedarwood, Citronella, Geranium and Juniper.
Description: Rosemary is an evergreen bush with green leaves (that are widely used in Mediterranean cuisine) and bluish flowers which contains a powerful volatile oil. The name derives from the latin word “Rosmarinus” meaning “sea dew” probably because usually it grows near the sea.

Rosemary OilRosemary has been well known since ancient times for its scent and its therapeutic properties. Besides, Egyptians, Romans and Greeks used the herb in their religious observances, while in the Middle Ages it was used to expel evil spirits and as antidote to plague.

Rosemary oil properties

High

Middle

Low

    Cholagogue
    Expectorant
    Antirheumatic
    Decongestant
    Emmenagogue
    Stimulant
    Astringent
    Antispasmodic

Therapeutic action

 

High

Middle

Low

Rheumatology Myalgia Rheumatism  
  Cramps Rheumatic aches  
Hepatic Diseases   Cholecystitis Gall-stone
      Hepatitis
Cardiology   Circulatory troubles Hypercholesterolemia
      Hypotension
Digestion     Dyspepsia
      Flatulence
Menses   Menorrhoea  
General Health Care     Cirrhosis

Precautions: Rosemary has antispasmodic and neurotoxic properties and should not be used by pregnant and people with hypertension or epilepsy. Moreover, it is not suitable for kids and children and internal use.

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