Rosemary essential oil is obtained through the method of steam distillation from fresh flowering tops of annual shoots (sometimes only leaves are processed) of rosemary officinalis – Rosmarinus officinalis L., family of clear-headed (labiate) – Lamiaceae (Labiatae). Fresh material is distilled immediately, as it is easily fermented, losing some of the flavor.
Origin of the plant:
Distribution of the plant
It is a characteristic element of the natural vegetation of the Mediterranean. Very often found in the Crimea, Transcaucasia, less often in Central Asia. Cultivated as a medicinal and essential oil plant in the subtropical and tropical regions of Europe, America, Transcaucasia, Central Asia.
Rosemary essential oil properties
Colorless or slightly yellowish easily moving liquid with a burning spicy taste and a strong herbaceous mint scent with a woody-balsamic shade. Smell – strong and sharp, with sufficient dilution – pleasant.
The main components of the rosemary oil
α- and β-pinene, camphene, cymene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, camphor, borneol, terpineol, bornilacetate, β-cariophyllene, isoalantolactone.
Rosemary oil uses
Tonic, antidepressant, hypertensive, cardiotonic, antiseptic, bactericidal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, spasmolytic, hepatoprotective, bile-forming, choleretic, diuretic, diaphoretic, carminative, antioxidant, detoxifying, analgesic, wound-healing, antirheumatic, decongestant, insecticidal.
Rosemary is the “aroma of the heart.” The brightest and unsurpassed curative quality of rosemary is the optimization of blood circulation. The use of rosemary oil helps strengthen the walls of blood vessels, remove vascular spasms, tone up the work of the heart, increase blood and lymph flow.
Being a powerful vegetoregulator, rosemary oil is effective in neurocirculatory dystonia. Optimizing coronary blood flow, rosemary oil weakens the phenomena of oxygen starvation of the heart muscle, providing a beneficial effect in coronary heart disease. It also improves cerebral circulation, eliminates eye strain and increases visual acuity.
By slightly increasing blood pressure, it helps to normalize low blood pressure, eliminate hypotonic dizziness and remove from the fainting condition. Eliminates the inflammation of the vessels with varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, and also has a positive effect on anemia. Improving blood circulation in muscles, eliminates the “muscular hangover” after intense physical exertion, helping wash out accumulated lactic acid in the muscles. It makes the muscles elastic, prevents traumatic over-stretching during training, makes stretching exercises more effective. It is a good anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous.
Stimulates digestive processes and optimizes the digestive system, increasing the functional activity of the stomach, intestines, liver and gallbladder. Regenerates liver tissue. With choleretic action, it helps to eliminate stagnation in the liver and gall bladder, eliminates inflammation and prevents the formation of concrements in the bile and bladder.
It has an antioxidant effect, preventing the appearance of free radicals and contributing to their removal from the tissues, which prevents premature aging of the body. The oil normalizes the increased parameters of lipid peroxidation by reducing the level of diene conjugates, diene ketones and increasing catalase activity.
Rosemary oil also has an antisclerotic effect, reducing the coefficient of atherogenicity, contributing to a decrease in the level of total lipids and beta-lipoproteins in the blood.
The nervous system is tonic. Strengthening cerebral circulation, improves nutrition of nerve cells. It improves memory, increases concentration, activates thought processes, and eliminates physical and mental fatigue. It is an excellent remedy for amnesia, used to eliminate “holes” in memory.
Helps memorize foreign words, names, numbers. Strengthens intuition. Arranges thoughts and clarifies the mind, causing a sense of clarity in the head. Relieves headache and migraines.
Eliminates dizziness caused by vascular spasms. Helps restore the tone of temporarily paralyzed limbs, and in some cases – the restoration of the function of speech, hearing and vision. It is an anesthetic, devoid of expressed sedative effect.
The aroma of rosemary oil allows you to effectively adjust the emotional background, eliminate stress reactions and post-stress tension. Creates conditions for more easily overcoming psychological barriers and problems.
Eliminates excessive shyness, suspiciousness, lack of self-confidence. Helps to overcome apathy. It is an excellent remedy for morning grumbling. Gives self-confidence, returns the extinct interest in life, leads to an active lifestyle.
Rosemary oil is a powerful stimulant of the body’s defenses: it increases both immunological reactivity and nonspecific resistance.
It is a strong antiseptic: its “phenolic coefficient” is 5.2, that is, it is stronger than phenol (carbolic acid) by 5.2 times. Aromatization of premises reduces the number of pathogens in them and prevents the spread of infections during epidemics.
On the respiratory system has anti-inflammatory, softening and antitussive effect. It warms, alleviates bronchial and asthmatic spasms.
The oil normalizes the menstrual cycle and facilitates premenstrual syndrome. Stimulates and normalizes meager menstruation. May weaken menstrual cramps. Aphrodisiac.
It has a pronounced toning effect on the skin. Stimulates local blood circulation and cell renewal. Promotes healing of wounds, and in the subsequent resorption of scars and scars.
Eliminates keratinized and softens rough skin, restores the tenderness and elasticity of the epidermis, smooths wrinkles and creases, smoothing the skin relief. Possessing strong tightening (tonic and binding effect), the oil has a positive effect on flabby skin, relieves swelling, puffiness. It improves the nutrition of the scalp, stimulates hair growth and delays their hair loss. It causes a reduction in pores, reduces hypersecretion of the sebaceous glands, normalizes the condition of oily and unclean skin with open pores, prevents the formation of gums, eliminates dandruff in oily seborrhea.
Possessing strong antiseptic properties, the oil promotes the rapid healing of wounds, the removal of acne, boils, abscesses, phlegmon, rash bacterial and viral etiology. A strong anti-cellulite agent that improves blood flow and helps to remove toxins from adipose tissue.
Rosemary oil Indications benefits
Ischemic heart disease, cardioneurosis, tachycardia, low blood pressure, vegetative-vascular dystonia, varicose veins (if there are no knots and inflammations), hemorrhoids, phlebitis.
High mental stress, mental overstrain and overwork, the decline of intellectual forces, memory impairment, decreased concentration, stress, apathy, depression, hysteria, neurasthenia, cardioneurosis, vegetative-vascular dystonia, hypotension, headache, neuralgia.
Stones in the gallbladder, stagnation in the liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholelithiasis, jaundice, biliary dyskinesia, colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, stomach pains, constipation, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, dyspepsia, flatulence, cystitis, prevention of sand and stone formation in the gallbladder.
Colds, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, influenza, acute respiratory infections, cough, sinusitis, pertussis, prevention of acute respiratory infections and influenza.
Atherosclerosis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, muscle pains and spasms, myositis, osteochondrosis, fatigue of strained muscles, swelling.
Violation of the menstrual cycle, painful menstruation, leucorrhea. Frigidity, impotence.
A perfect remedy for caring for oily, porous, amazed skin, prone to violations of local blood circulation. Treats dermatitis, various inflammations and irritations of the skin, abscesses, phlegmon, wounds, burns, scars, fungal diseases, acne and furunculosis rash, eczema, purulent wounds. Used for hair care to prevent hair loss and dandruff.
Effective in cellulite and obesity.
Elderly age, increased adaptive capacity of the organism to new climatic conditions, meteopatic reactions, desynchronosis. The use of oil is especially useful for people who work with a computer for a long time.
Rosemary oil recipes
- For rubbing use 2% alcoholic solution of essential oil.
- For massage 5-7 drops per 10 ml of fatty basis.
- For compresses – 5-7 drops per 1 glass of warm water.
- In the bath – 10-15 drops of essential oil, pre-mixed with an emulsifier (1 / 4-1 / 3 cup of milk, whey, honey solution, table salt or sea salt).
- In the aroma lamp – 3-5 drops.
- For inhalations 3-5 drops. In acute respiratory infections, rosemary oil is very well combined with eucalyptus and mint essential oils in a ratio of 1: 1: 1).
- For the enrichment of creams, ointments, shampoo – 3 drops per 10 ml of the base.
Even in the absence of an aroma lamp or in the presence of contraindications to taking baths, several drops of rosemary essential oil can be added to the cold water and the body can be strongly rubbed with a sponge, which will stimulate blood circulation in weak muscles and cold extremities.
It is used as a component of perfume compositions, fragrances for soap, cosmetics and household chemical goods, as well as in medicine, pharmaceutical and food industries, and production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Rosemary essential oil blends well with following oils
Basil, geranium, oregano, spruce, ginger, cedar, coriander, cinnamon, lavender, incense, lemon grass, marjoram, melissa, myrtle, mint, petitreina, fir, pine, thyme, sage, citronella, various citrus (orange, grapefruit, mandarin, etc.).
Complementary oils are verbena, lavender, cinnamon, pine.
Side effects of rosemary oil
Do not use during pregnancy and children under 6 years. Use in small doses, excess can cause seizures and epiplatform fits. Categorically contraindicated use of rosemary essential oil for epilepsy and increased convulsive readiness. It is not recommended to use oil in hypertensive disease, since it is possible to raise blood pressure.
To prevent pressure surges when using rosemary oil in parallel, an essential oil of hypotensive action is introduced, for example, ylang-ylang or majorana oil. In sensitive people, the smell of rosemary in large doses can cause dizziness. In some people, rosemary oil can cause allergic reactions, so it must be checked for individual tolerability. Can neutralize the effect of homeopathic drugs.