A colourless to pale yellow, clear, mobile liquid obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and fresh flowering tops of the Rosemary shrub.
Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Rosemary Essential Oil are:
Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Reduces oily skin so use it in creams, lotions, gels and masks for problem skin.
Very good for releasing muscular tension and easing aches and pains, so it is excellent to include in analgesic gels, massage lotions and massage balms.
As an antispasmodic, it will ease muscle cramps as well as intestinal cramps.
Very effective as a decongestant in gels and balms.
Very good to help clear oedema and cellulite so use it in body lotions, gels and body wraps.
It is a circulatory stimulant, so is ideal to use in massage lotions and massage oil blends.
It helps to clear dandruff and improve an oily scalp.
It is astringent and increases circulation to the scalp, so it encourages hair growth. Try combining it with Bio-Energiser.
Makes the air easier to breathe when used in a room nebuliser or oil burner.
A stimulating oil so often best used during the day rather than late at night.
Combine with Plai as an analgesic for sports injury massage.
Blend with Grapefruit, Cypress and Green Mandarin for anti cellulite products.
Use with Geranium to balance oily skin.
Do not use during pregnancy, with high blood pressure or with epileptics.
Irritant in excess.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists for working with respiratory problems, especially if they stem from emotional or nervous causes. This is the best of the rosemary types for that purpose and works particularly well with Fragonia and Frankincense to resolve emotional asthma.
Blended with Myrrh it is used to shift phlegm and mucous from the lungs.
Used for pain relief with Plai, blended into rheumatism creams and healing balms.
Many of the ancient civilisations regarded rosemary as sacred and it was used in ceremony and ritual and well as in daily use.
During the Middle Ages it had the reputation of warding off evil spirits and was also used to protect against the plague.
During both world wars, it was burned in French hospitals when they needed to be deep cleansed after an epidemic.
Shakespeare’s famous quote by Ophelia in Hamlet “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance” shows how it was commonly known for it’s mental stimulation.