Rosemary essential oil is distilled from the flowering tops of the evergreen shrub Rosmarinus officinalis. Also known as “sea rose” and from the Latin ros (dew) and marinus (sea)—rosemary thrives on native rocky, dry, sundrenched coasts of the Mediterranean basin. It is grown and distilled in Morocco, Spain, South Africa, and Tunisia.
Rosemary has been venerated and used since early antiquity—the herb was found in first dynasty tombs of the Egyptians. Often used to foster good luck and immunity, it was part of the infamous “4 Thieves” vinegar which was used to ward off the plague. Its effect on the mind was rightly immortalized by Shakespeare’s Ophelia when she uttered: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” The herbalist, William Langham, aptly conveyed its stimulating and convivial qualities: “Seethe [boil] much Rosemary and bathe therin to make thee lusty, lively, joyfull, likeing and youngly.” Rosemary is indeed a perfect ally for personal care, immunity, overall health and keeping you “lusty and lively.”
Rosemary ct cineole essential oil is warming, stimulating, fortifying and clearing. It is fresh, playful and penetrating yet dispersive, making it a brilliant oil for dispelling stagnation.
Rosemary ct cineole essential oil has an affinity to: the mind (known as a cephalic oil, it helps clear brain fog and bring focus by promoting blood circulation), the respiratory tract (expectorating and mucolytic), the musculoskeletal system (helps relieve aches and pains and beneficial for arthritis), the circulatory system (by promoting blood circulation it stimulates low blood pressure and warms cold hands and feet), and the hair and scalp (hair loss, oily hair, dandruff, seborrhea).
Chemistry Highlights: Rosemary ct. cineole essential oil is rich in 1,8 cineole, supported by sesquiterpenes and contains ketones. Although the 1,8 cineole ct. is the most widely available ct., two others are available: verbenone and camphor. They are also from the plant Rosmarinus officinalis but the plant creates essential oils with different main constituents depending where it grows and it’s environment.
Is Rosemary ct cineole essential oil safe?
Rosemary is generally recognized as safe with a few cautions. Essential oils rich in 1,8 cineole (this ct. can have up to 60%) can cause breathing problems in young children. Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children. Blend down with other non-cineole rich essential oils in a salve or massage oil when working with children.
Blending with Rosemary ct. cineole
The oil first boldly announces itself, penetrating the air with its sharp, fresh, pungent, vibrant, and herbaceous notes. The dry-down conveys a seductive, woody, smoky and dry aroma—reminiscent of the arid, sun drenched Mediterranean soil. The oil is quite volatile and readily evaporates; leaving sweet, powdery, herbaceous whispers of itself on a scent strip.
Rosemary ct. cineole essential oil blends well with: Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus sp.), Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Lemon (Citrus limon), Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora), Juniper berry (Juniperus communis), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon), Monarda (Monarda didyma), Grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Geranium (Pelargonium sp.), Clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).
Creating Wellness Products with Rosemary ct. cineole
Brightening Aromatic Spritzer
Use this spritzer to invigorate and clear your mind in the morning or whenever you need a pick-me-up. The blend of essential oils is not only cephalic but immune supporting too; consider diffusing the essential oil blend to clear the air and your mind.
What you need:
- 2 ounce glass or PET bottle with spray top
- Distilled water
- 8 drops Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
- 6 drops Juniper berry (Juniperus communis)
- 6 drops Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
- 6 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
- 3 drops Rosemary ct cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis ct 1,8 cineole)
How to make: Ensure the bottle is new and/or sterilized. Add the essential oils to the bottle followed by the distilled water. Secure the spray top to the bottle and label appropriately.
How to use: Shake vigorously each time before using to disperse the essential oils. Use daily or as needed. Keep your eyes closed when misting your face.
Aches and Pains Aloe Jelly Rub
Aloe jelly (do not opt for the gel or juice for this preparation) is hydrating, healing and penetrating. It is a wonderful way to deliver essential oils to the body to help ease inflammation, aches and pains, burns and varicose veins.
What you need:
- 2 ounce PET squeeze bottle with flip top or cap
- Glass measuring cup
- 2 ounces Aloe jelly
- 20 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 20 drops Pink pepper (Schinus molle)
- 10 drops Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)
- 6 drops Rosemary ct cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis ct 1,8 cineole)
- 3 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
How to make: Combine all ingredients in the measuring cup then pour into the bottle.
How to use: Apply as needed to the pain site. Store in the refrigerator to prolong shelf-life.
Squeaky-Clean Shower Scrub
Scrubs are wonderful for stimulating circulation and removing dead skin to preparing the body for a nourishing body cream or oil. Adding stimulating essential oils to a scrub enhances circulation, boosts immunity and brightens the mind.
What you need:
- Container with lid
- Mixing bowl, measuring cups and a non-reactive spoon
- 2 cups Sea salt (fine to medium sized granules)
- ½ cup nut or seed oil (sunflower, almond, apricot)
- 10 drops Green myrtle (Myrtus communis)
- 10 drops Spike lavender (Lavandula spicata)
- 5 drops Rosemary ct cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis ct 1,8 cineole)
- 3 drops Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora)
- 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
How to make: Mix the salt and nut/seed oil in the mixing bowl. Add the essential oils to the mixture and stir well until all ingredients are combined. Transfer the mixture to the container, cap it with the lid and affix a label.
How to use: Wet your skin in the tub or shower then turn off the water. Take a small amount of the scrub and apply it to the desired areas of your body using quick, vigorous strokes or long, slow strokes—get the circulation moving. Rinse off the scrub with a warm shower. Avoid using the scrub on delicate areas of the body such as your face. Use 2 to 3 times per week to avoid irritation.
Written by: Amy Anthony
(Aromatic Studies Instructor)
Amy Anthony B.A, is a certified Aromatherapist with a private practice in Manhattan, NY. Her focus is on customized aromatherapy and education: she consults with clients and teaches workshops at the NYIOA and around the NY metro area. Amy also enjoys formulating and devising delivery methods that encourage the safe, practical use of aromatherapy—like fizzing bath balls, shower bars and sleep mists.
Amy has been a gardener since the age of 5 and has continually found ways to connect with plants since moving to NYC in 1999. Her knowledge of plants brings a holistic, plant-based approach to her teaching and practice of aromatherapy. Amy is also a certified master composter, has volunteered at Saint George’s Common Table since 2012 and will train to be a doula with The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort in the fall of 2016. More can be found about her aromatherapy practice at http://nycaroma.com.