Refreshing and herbaceous, the pleasant, pine-like aroma of Rosemary has been used to clear the mind for thousands of years. Rosemary is a fragrant herb in the mint family, which includes many popular kitchen herbs such as basil, sage, oregano, and marjoram. Ancient Greek scholars used Rosemary while taking exams because of its beneficial effects on concentration and focus. Today, the essential oil is still used to ease nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*
Rosemary is also used to promote a healthy respiratory system and healthy digestion.* It can also provide soothing massages. It has cleansing and purifying properties. One of Rosemary essential oil’s major constituents is eucalyptol (also known as 1,8-cineole), which is a common ingredient in many mouthwashes.
When taken internally, Rosemary essential oil has antioxidant properties.* Add it to your favorite meat dish or marinade for increased antioxidant support.* It’s tasty in recipes (pairing well with chicken, lamb, pork, and potatoes), and you only need a tiny drop to get a big burst of flavor.
The herbaceous, energizing aroma of Rosemary essential oil makes it the perfect companion for citrus oils like Wild Orange or Lemon. Rosemary also blends well with floral oils like Lavender, Geranium, or Jasmine. When you want a warm, woody scent, consider combining Rosemary with Cedarwood or Frankincense. Diffuse Rosemary during study time or while working to increase feelings of alertness and focus.
Rosemary essential oil is a helpful addition to skin and hair products thanks to its mild cleansing properties. Rosemary supports a healthy scalp and head of hair. For a stimulating scalp massage, blend Rosemary with Melaleuca and Basil and leave on the hair for 15 minutes before showering and washing hair.
The Latin name for Rosemary is “dew of the sea,” and true to its name, rosemary grows wild on seashores throughout the Mediterranean. Most insects don’t like the smell of rosemary, which makes it a beneficial garden plant.