Rosemary meaning “Dew of the Sea” has an energising effect and can be a tonic during periods of stress or to aid memory and concentration whilst studying. It has a similar clearing action and scent to Eucalyptus so it is popular in winter and it is often included in blends for the joints and muscles.
Source: Rosmarinus officinalis is grown commercially in England, the Mediterranean, California and China.
Extraction: Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the shrubby evergreen bush.
Aroma: Pure Rosemary essential oil has a fresh, green woody scent with a slight balsamic undertone.
Uses: Massage, baths, vaporisation and may be added to base emollients.
It is particularly useful as a warming body massage for muscular aches, or as a head and scalp massage to balance greasy hair, improve concentration or relieve headaches. Add Rosemary Essential Oil to the bath as a pick-me-up for mental or physical tiredness and inhale it for respiratory problems.
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, May Chang, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Oregano, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Ravensara, Tea Tree and Thyme.
Caution: Rosemary essential oil is perfectly safe for home use as long as it is well diluted before application. However, do not use it during pregnancy or if you have epilepsy (or if you are giving a massage to someone suffering from the condition).