Rosemary essential oil is a good all rounder.
There are many ways to utilise its numerous properties.
A few drops in the bath are helpful after an illness as a pick-me-up and a tonic. It can aid memory, relieve mental fatigue and lethargy and help to relieve headaches and migraines. It's a very useful oil to smell during exams and is also great to alleviate that Monday morning feeling.
Because Rosemary has a warm, penetrating and stimulating odour it makes for a great muscle ease. Superb after sports activities - even more so when combined with Lavender and Marjoram. Dilute well in a carrier oil before skin application.
Rosemary has also traditionally been used in skin and hair care. It's a good toner and can be rejuvenating for the scalp. You can add it to your shampoo - it makes an excellent rinse for dark hair and hair in poor condition. It restores colour to dark hair and helps combat dandruff when the scalp is dry.
Rosemary is also a strong antiseptic and can be used as an insect repellent - especially for lice.
The volatile oil obtained by steam distillation from the twigs & fresh flowering tops of the shrubby perennial.
Fresh, minty-herbaceous scent with woody and balsamic undertones
Stimulating, reviving, invigorating. Clears the mind and head.
Mainly pinenes, camphene, limonene, cineol, borneal with camphor, linalol, terpineol, octanone, bornyl acetate, among others.
Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Oil
It was one of the earliest plants used in medicine. Flowers and leaves are a symbol of friendship, remembrance and loyalty. Traces have been found in Egyptian tombs. It has seen extensive use in skin and hair care and is an ingredient of true eau de cologne.
DILUTE TO 5% OR LESS IN A CARRIER OIL BEFORE SKIN APPLICATION. KEEP OUT OF EYES. DO NOT SWALLOW.
'The piercing qualities of Rosemary makes it valuable for respiratory problems, ranging from the common cold, catarrh and sinusitis, through to asthma. For these it is best used as a steam inhalation - its ability to 'clear the head' works on the physical as well as the mental plane.' - an excerpt from Aromatherapy an A - Z by Patricia Davis.
'A penetrating and stimulating oil with many uses. A good oil for its stimulating effect on both mental and physical levels.' - an excerpt from Aromatherapy A Guide For Home Use. by Christine Westwood.