Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods, such as stuffings and roast lamb, pork, chicken and turkey. Rosemary oil can be used in much the same way; but, along with its culinary applications, rosemary has many health benefits. It supports healthy digestion, helps soothe sore muscles and joints, and helps to reduce nervous tension and fatigue.
Long revered by healers, for its digestive uses, and for soothing sore muscles and joints, rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy, to help reduce nervous tension and fatigue.
Rosemary oil is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves of the Rosmarinus officinalis plant, yielding an oil with a distinctive camphoraceous, herbaceous aroma. This cineol chemo-type is high in the oxide 1,8 cineol (up to 55%), otherwise known as eucalyptol.
Primary benefits of rosemary oil
- Supports healthy digestion
- Soothes sore muscles and joints
- Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
Uses for rosemary oil
- Rub topically on bottom of feet or stomach, to support healthy digestion.
- Diffuse, or apply topically, to help reduce nervous tension and fatigue.
- Add 1 – 2 drops of rosemary essential oil to meats and favorite entrees.
How to use
Rosemary oil is intended for aromatic, topical or dietary use. It is gentle enough to be used neat.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. While gentle enough to be used neat, dilution with carrier oil will help to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.