Lesson 30: Essential Oil – Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1.8 cineole)
Foundtional Aromatherapy Page 141-142
Rosemary is indicated for a wide range of brain issues. Known as “the oil of remembrance” because it can improve mental clarity. When inhaled, it is beneficial for respiratory ailments such as coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis. It is a good pain reliever for the joints. It strengthens the immune system as well as the liver and gall bladder. It helps balance the endocrine system and supports adrenal function. It is a tonic for the heart and varicose veins.
➢ Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing
➢ Stimulant, not for use with high blood pressure
➢ Use with caution when pregnant
Tried and True Uses
✓ When inhaled, good for lung and respiratory ailments, bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis.
✓ As an expectorant is helpful for coughing fits.
✓ Also a tonic for venous circulation, works especially well with Cypress.
✓ Rubbed around the outside of the ear, and down the neck it relieves earache. Never use in the ear.
✓ A good painkiller, especially pain in joints.
✓ Improves mental clarity.
✓ Supports adrenal function.
✓ Supports and strengthens natural immunity.
✓ Known to strengthen the liver, gallbladder, and heart.
✓ Helps balance the endocrine system.
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 3-5 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk,powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm water; soak twenty minutes. Foot/ hand bath Mix 1-3 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm or cold water, (depending on purpose), soak for ten-fifteen minutes.
IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minutes intervals every two hours during the day.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
RUB IT IN– Add 1-2 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion. Massage into areas needing relief. Apply 1-2 drops, or in a carrier, on bottom of feet. Add 5 drops in single application of shampoo; rub on dry scalp, wait for
PUT IT ON – ten-twenty minutes, wash as usual; avoid eyes. Mix 3-5 drops in 1 teaspoon of skin cream to rejuvenate.
- Analgesic – relieves pain
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Antimicrobial – kills or suppresses growth of microbes
- Antioxidant – protects cells from damage
- Anti-rheumatic – relieves rheumatism
- Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
- Antispasmodic – relieves spasms Astringent – tightens tissue, reduces oil or secretions
- Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
- Cephalic– stimulates and clears the mind, relieves headache
- Cicatrisant – promotes wound and scar healing
- Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus productions
- Diaphoretic – promotes or increases perspiration
- Diuretic – increases urine production, rids excess fluid
- Emmenagogue – regulates menstruation Febrifuge – reduces fever
- Hypertensive – increase blood pressure
- Parasiticide – kills parasites
- Stomachic – promotes good stomach function
- Tonic – strengthens and fortifies (circulatory system)
- Vasodilator – dilates blood vessels
Humble, Aware, Radiant, and Strengthened
Key Body Systems:
Immune, Respiratory, Nervous, Digestive,
BOTANICAL NAME: Rosmarinus officinalis ct.1.8 cineole
WHERE GROWN: Spain, France, South Africa
AROMA: camphoraceous, fresh, herbaceous
PRODUCING ORGAN: leaves, twigs
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
NOTE (EVAPORATION RATE): top-middle
Main Chemical Families:
MONOTERPENES – decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier
SESQUITERPENES – anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cooling, grounding
MONOTERPENOLS – prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin
KETONES – reduces intestinal gas, relieves pain, expectorant (mucus removing), and improves circulation
OXIDES – strong respiratory decongestant, antiviral, pain reliever, mental stimulant
LAMIACEAE (LABIATAE) – Relieves headache and nasal congestion, energizing to the body and mind
“All my life I have been terrible with names—horrible! When I started a new job, I put a drop of Rosemary on both big toes before work. I remembered just about everyone’s name after being introduced and can see their faces in my head. It is amazing!“
*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.
Article take from The NewYork Times
Rosemary and Time: Does This Italian Hamlet Have a Recipe for Long Life?
In and around Acciaroli, Italy, a particularly pungent variety of locally grown rosemary — said to smell 10 times as strong as the norm — is a daily part of the diet. Residents raise and consume their own rabbits. Anchovies hauled in by the town’s fishermen feature prominently on dinner plates.
Abundant sunshine and clean air keep people outdoors, swimming at beaches or climbing the steep hills that ripple along the Cilento Coast, south of Naples.
Do these environmental factors and food choices — a hyperlocal twist on the Mediterranean diet, which also includes olive oil and fresh vegetables — explain why so many people here, both men and women, live past 90?
Researchers who just concluded a preliminary study of Acciaroli’s nonagenarians and centenarians believe they could be part of the equation.
“They use rosemary on everything they cook,” said one of the researchers, Dr. Alan S. Maisel, a cardiologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Of the area’s inhabitants, about one in 60 is 90 or older, according to the researchers. That rivals other so-called blue zones, like Sardinia and Okinawa, with unusually large concentrations of very old people. In the 2010 census, about one in every 163 Americans was 90 or older.
And the quality of life for people in Acciaroli with nine or 10 decades behind them is high: virtually no cataracts, few bone fractures, excellent heart health, and a low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Maisel said.
Some studies have shown that rosemary can aid brain function, and the researchers think the variety grown in Acciaroli might have especially high concentrations of beneficial substances.
The older adults also demonstrate a robust sexual appetite, according to another researcher, Dr. Salvatore Di Somma, a professor of medicine at Sapienza University in Rome. “At 95, they have brains more like someone who is 50, and at 50, you’re still thinking a lot about sex,” he said.
Dr. Maisel reported an attempted seduction by a woman pumping water in the center of Acciaroli, who he estimated was born not long after Mussolini took office in 1922. “The sexual activity is huge,” he said.
The study of 27 households with at least one family member 90 or older found that Acciaroli’s older residents have exceptionally good microcirculation — the small capillaries that go right into tissues to deliver nutrients and remove waste.
“Their ADM levels are as good as a teenager,” said Dr. Maisel, referring to adrenomedullin, a hormone that widens blood vessels and that people typically produce more of as they age.
The genetic makeup of the people in this insular area is probably a factor as well. The study found many unidentified metabolic compounds in the locals that warrant further investigation, Dr. Maisel said.
“Have we discovered the Fountain of Youth? No,” Dr. Maisel said. “But we’re asking the right questions.”
He added, “The potential is there to live longer than 110, if we do it right.”