Rosemary essential oil: uses in aromatherapy
The rosemary plant, whose botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalisL. which means “dew” or “rose of the sea”, is a plant belonging to the Labiate family; many plants belong to this family and all have the gift of exerting an energizing action on the individual, reinforcing instinct and vital energy. The rosemary plant boasts the use by many peoples who consider it since ancient sacred and magical (in Sicily it is believed to be dear to fairies).
Ancient peoples such as Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who appreciated its regenerating and antiseptic properties since ancient times. Its particular aroma is somewhat reminiscent of incense and for this reason in ancient Greece it was burned to honor the gods, while in other peoples it was used to ward off germs and diseases.
In the myth the rosemary plant is associated with the myth of Leucotoe, the beautiful goddess daughter of the king of Persia, seduced by Apollo. It is said that the father condemned the young daughter to death for her weakness. The sun’s rays turned the body into a plant that rooted its roots on the grave. For this reason, among the Romans the rosemary plant was considered sacred to the point that they used to cultivate plants on graves as a symbolic element of transcendence and immortality.
8 properties of rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil is used very widely in aromatherapy thanks to the effects that it can produce:
- It is a versatile oil rich in therapeutic properties
Stimulating but not aggressive it brings energy with its spicy, highly evocative aroma. Energizing, tonic, antiseptic, digestive, pain reliever, astringent and deodorant.
- Rosemary is a very common aromatic plant especially for its use in the kitchen.
It is used as a flavoring for meat, fish or potato side dishes, as it has an intense aroma and facilitates digestion by promoting hepatic metabolism. To have a stomachic and carminative effect it can be accompanied with food, while to obtain a stimulating and purifying effect it is possible to massage two drops (together with carrier oil ) directly on the skin at the level of the liver.
- Effective against dandruff and oily hair
The essential oil is often present in shower-foam and shampoo because it gives energy and vitality to the body and hair, restoring clarity and willpower to the stressed mind. Stimulates and cleanses in case of dandruff , seborrhea, acne and oily skin. It can be mixed with lotions, tonics and face creams for the treatment of oily or mixed skin.
- Facilitates concentration and gives energy
The scientific studies carried out in 2003 and 2012 by Moss, Cook, Wesnes, and Duckett confirmed that the inhalation of rosemary essential oil stimulates the improvement of attention, facilitates concentration and increases memory during the study or work to be performed . In case of fatigue, weakness, convalescence and / or stress, or even just to have more efficient cognitive performance, just put two drops on the temples, wrists or under the nostrils. The effect will be almost immediate. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet Ofelia says precisely: “Here is the rosemary, this is for remembrance; please love, remember “(Hamlet IV.5).
- Pain relief and sedative is effective for rheumatic and muscular pains
Together with a decontracting sports massage if you want to eliminate lactic acid and post-workout catabolic products, due to fatigue or sport; or even to loosen the muscular tension in the back, often affected by contractures and pain.
- Ideal for massages and to eliminate cellulite
In the field of manual medicine, rosemary essential oil supports the work of osteopaths, beauticians and physiotherapists in order to stimulate the microcirculation, eliminate excess toxins and thus avoid the onset of blemishes and pain due to circulatory stasis or poor posture . The recommended massage in case of trigger points(trigger points defined as such for their marked pain activation) is the connective tissuewhose pain-relieving and anti-adherent specialty in tissues and organs allows a greater blood flow with consequent supply of oxygen and nutrients.
The connective tissue massage together with rosemary essential oil can give beneficial results even in the case of Pefs (cellulite); it is highly recommended to use this oil, diluted in sweet almond oil or in an arnica-based cream, to intervene on the orange peel skin anesthetic, to solve problems related to the silhouette and to give lightness to heavy legs and sore. It is also a reflexology massage that can then activate organs far from the treated area by stimulating the peripheral nervous system.
- In case of colds, bronchitis, flu and cough
We recommend inhalation through fumigations; it is possible to infuse its aroma into the environment through an essences burner or an ultrasonic lamp (to be placed in the room where you are staying) in which to pour 1 drop per square meter of the room. It is advisable to ventilate the room after a few hours.
- The benefits to memory
A scientific study carried out in 2003 confirmed its benefits for memory . The research was published in the journal “International Journal of Neuroscience”. A sample of 144 healthy volunteers and concluded that rosemary inhalation significantly improves and improves cognitive performance and overall memory quality
More recent studies have verified the properties of rosemary essential oil, reaching the conclusion that memory can improve up to 75%. Natural remedies to enjoy the benefits of rosemary for the memory It is best to crush some sprigs of rosemary and bring them close to the nose to a few minutes during the day. And the daily inhalation of its oils will help you stimulate the brain. You can also use rosemary essential oil, and insert it into nasal inhalers. This treatment is often used in patients who have had brain surgery.
The history of the plant
Rosemary is an evergreen plant that evolves into a bush that can reach up to two meters in height; it grows spontaneously on the Mediterranean coasts, especially those of the central-southern coast and in the islands.
The parts used are flowers and branches. The branches are harvested throughout the year while the flowers are harvested in the spring. For conservation the branches can be dried in the shade hanging from a thread while the flowers are used fresh. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation. Its scent is woody, balsamic, camphorated.
Precautions and contraindications before use
Avoid use in pregnancy, children and in cases of epilepsy. Do not use on subjects suffering from high blood pressure.