Essential Oil: Rosemary (rosmarinus officianalis)
Origin: Initally Asia but now cultivated in France and Ecuador
Plant Part: Steam distilled from flowering tops
Fragrance: herbaceous, refreshing
Main Chemical Constituents: a-pinene, borneol, b-pinene, camphor, bornyl acetate, camphene, 1,8-cineole and limonene.
Rosemary has a massively wide range of health benefits to offer and has a familiar, popular and wonderful aroma as well. What more could you ask for??
It is a very popular essential oil to use in hair care products because it stimulates the hair folicles to boost hair growth and also keeps the scalp healthy. It is a commonly found ingredient in preventative head lice products because its aroma, although desirable to us, is not at all liked by head lice!
Like several of its herbie counterparts, rosemary is well known for its ability to stimulate cognitive function. It brings clarity, increases mental agility and boosts memory and motivation.
It is a warming oil that stimulates blood flow – nice for winter and very good for muscular spasms and headaches, stomach cramps. Saliva tests have also indicated that rosemary essential oil reduces cortisol (stress hormone) which adds another dimension to tension held in the body that is directly related to stress. By settling tension in the mind and body rosemary is useful as an analgesic. It also works as an anti-inflammatory so is commonly found in formulations to relieve muscle and/or joint pain.
Rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, meaning it has the ability to combat free-roaming radicals and combat illness and disease. It is a good oil to use if you are looking to boost immunity – its a wonderful oil to combine with other oils and use in winter to help prevent coughs and colds. It would be the perfect oil to use in an office with no fresh air because of its action on the mind and its ability to help boost immunity. Combine with eucalyptus for a synergistic blend that works for both aspects.
It is particularly good for treating allergies that affect the respiratory system, such as asthma or croup. As there is an element of anxiety implicated in both these conditions, the relaxing nature of rosemary comes into play. It is anti-spasmodic so will help to relax muscles and settle coughs as well as the other spasms aforementioned.
|Respiratory Support Chest Rub Oil
Use this chest rub oil to help prevention, treatment and recovery from respiratory ailments such as colds, coughs, flu’s and bronchial issues. It is a medium-light oil that contains a synergistic combination of essential oils which are well documented for their value in supporting and maintaining respiratory health. More info….