Rosemary essential oil, rosmarinus officinalis, has a herbaceous, woody, sharp, camphor-like scent. Improves memory and clears cobwebs out of the mind. Used in massage oils, liniments, compresses, or bath to improve poor circulation and ease and penetrates muscle and rheumatic pain. Rubbing a rosemary vapor balm on the check relieves lung and sinus congestion. Avoid use if you are pregnant. There is a belief that you should avoid rosemary if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. Rosemary essential oil calms apprehension while stimulating the spirit.
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub with numerous branches; ash-colored. scaly bark and bears opposite, leathery, thick leaves which are lustrous and dark green above and downy white underneath. The pale blue, sometimes white, relatively small, flowers grow in short axillary racemes, arranged in false whorls on the upper parts of the branches, blooming during April and May, or later in cooler climates. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation.
Rosemary esesntial oil, rosmarinus officinalis, blends well with the following essential oils: olibanum, lavender, lavandin, citronella, oregano, thyme, pine, basil, peppermint, labdanum, elemi, cedarwood, petitgrain, cinnamon, cedarwood, frankincense, lemon, spearmint, geranium, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils.
Cautions - Excessive amounts of rosemary taken internally can cause fatal poisoning. Rosemary oil taken internally, may irritate the stomach, intestinal tract, and kidneys. Pregnant women should not drink rosemary tea.
Properties - Stimulant, diaphoretic, carminative, nervine, aromatic, cephalic antispasmodic.