First posted November 2014
“There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.”
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet – 1603
November is the month to take a moment to remember the veterans of all of the wars, and to remember our peacekeepers. To honor them for their sacrifices; for the freedom that we take for granted. It is also a time to think about peace & tolerance and to learn from our past, from our choices, and from our mistakes.
In honor of November, I thought that Rosemary would be the perfect essential oil to blog about this month. Rosemary is one of the oldest known herbs.It was found in ancient tombs in Egypt and was believed to have been used for incense.It was considered by the Romans and the Greeks to be a sacred plant, symbolizing love and death. Rosemary, along with Juniper berries, was a cheaper alternative than some of the pricier resins and was burned instead of incense in their religious ceremonies to purify the air. It was found in ancient tombs in Egypt and was believed to have been used for incense.It was considered by the Romans and the Greeks to be a sacred plant, symbolizing love and death. Rosemary, along with Juniper berries, was a cheaper alternative than some of the pricier resins and was burned instead of incense in their religious ceremonies to purify the air.
Rosemary is a popular herb, and it is a member of the mint family. It has a long history as a medicinal herb, being burnt in the middle ages to ward off the Plague. It was used in hospital wards in France until the 20th century, which was right around the time that Rosemary’s antiseptic properties were proven.
16th- century German physician and botanist, Paracelsus was correct when he thought that Rosemary was healing to the “delicate organs of the body, which included the heart, liver and the brain.”
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers, leaves, and twigs. The essential oil has a strong, herbaceous fragrance, but the scent is quite different depending on the country and the conditions that the Rosemary was grown in.
Research has shown that Rosemary:
- is said to be helpful to ease the muscular and arthritic pain. (The camphor borneal chemotype of Rosemary)
- diffusing the cineole chemotype of Rosemary may ease symptoms of chest colds, bronchitis. Do not use Rosemary around infants, or children under 8 years old.
is useful for hair care. (The verbenone chem type). Rosemary has long been thought to stimulate hair re-growth.
- may help with concentration and a poor memory
* Diffusing Rosemary essential oil when you are studying for a test, is helpful for remembering the information. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses that is linked directly to the limbic portion of the brain. Author / Aromatherapist Robert Tisserand had an interesting article on his blog about “Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%” check it out here.
I have a new diffuser blend that is very uplifting and citrusy called “Fresh Focus”. This blend contains Lemon, Sweet Basil, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Lime and of course Rosemary. (Sweet Basil, Frankincense, and Rosemary are thought to be good for enhancing the memory, and Lemon, Lime, and Lemongrass are uplifting and are thought to be helpful with mental clarity.) Fresh Focus is good to diffuse first thing in the morning to wake you up, but it is also good to diffuse while you are studying. For ages 8 & up
- Avoid using Rosemary essential oil if you are pregnant, breastfeeding,
or if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure.
- Do not use Rosemary if you are taking Homeopathic Remedies
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
- Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
- Davis Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014