Rosemary, Verbenone (ECOCERT)
Rosemary essential oil has a refreshing, clean and vibrant herbaceous smell which is reminiscent of a beautiful garden. Rosemary has been associated with memory and love since the early days of the ancient Egypt. It is a familiar evergreen shrub which grows all over the world and loves coastal regions. It was known by the ancient Greeks as ‘dew of the sea’. Rosemary essential oil is used extensively for respiratory, memory, skin care and circulatory health. It has a widely loved scent which fills the air in the coastal cliffs of Italy and in magnificent herbal gardens around the world.
The verbenone species is best for internal use.
The old herbalists - the ECLECTICS used to use rosemary for CEREBRAL HYPO-EMIA = not enough blood in the brain - for pale white skin folk who didn't have good circulation..... and of course - Shakespeare SAID "TAKE ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE"
Rosemary verbenone is distilled from the flowering parts of the plant. The aroma is clean, fresh, herbaceous and slightly camphoraceous. It is stimulating, refreshing, and invigorating. Rosemary can help with circulation, respiratory conditions, skin conditions, and helps in memory retention. It is an excellent expectorant and decongestant. It was originally considered a holy oil for purification and healing. It has a mysterious ability to revitalize the mind and spirit. It lifts depression and eases anxious thoughts.
Rosemary brings additional circulation to the area to which it’s applied especially to the localized skin. This makes rosemary essential oil a classic choice for helping with varicose veins, congested skin, cellulite, and areas of limited circulation or energetic stagnation. Rosemary essential oil known for use in hair treatments. It fights dandruff, greasy hair, stimulates the scalp for better chance of hair growth and is generally good for the hair and scalp. Rosemary is also great for aiding in reduction of muscular spasms, aches, pains, cramping, headaches, arthritis and rheumatic pains. Rosemary essential oil is used topically on the abdomen to reduce gas, constipation and to stimulate digestion.
Rosemary verbenone is more herbaceous and fresh/ green. Verbenone has some interesting ketones and is much better for skin care, specifically for reducing puffy eyes, and amazing skin tone regeneration and elasticity. It also acts as a mucolytic in sinus and lung formulas.
A quick recipe to wet your whistle......
1 drop rosemary verbenone
1 drop coffee essential oil
mix into eye cream and pat all around lower eye to reduce bags, puffy-ness,
tired skin, or dark circles. repeat night and day for best results.
Rosemary has a long history of use in food, medicine and sacred traditions. The early use of this herb was not in essential oil form but was as a whole herb which was burned in religious ceremony as an anti-microbial and scared incense. In the old days considerations of sanitation was much different then today and the burning of rosemary and other cleansing herbs was a way to prevent illness and provide a beautiful aromatic atmosphere. Rosemary was burned in the middle ages to prevent the spread of the plague and other illness. The essential oil of rosemary will have a more potent antimicrobial effect then the whole herb and thus we can get the same effect by using a few drops of rosemary essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser. The herb of rosemary is still used in culinary arts worldwide and as a digestive and stimulant.
Rosemary essential oil is very safe and non-toxic and can be used diluted with children and the elderly. Looking through my resources some books state that it should not be used during pregnancy while other list it as safe for pregnancy. It should not be used with epileptics.
Rosemary essential oil blends well with peppermint, lavender, lemon, Douglas fir, Scotch pine, lemongrass, tea tree, helichrysum, eucalyptus, sandalwood, cedar, frankincense, myrrh and ravensara.
In Ayurveda rosemary is an excellent oil for finding balance during spring time as it deepens and improves breathing, is stimulating and decongesting for the skin, respiratory system, muscles and the mind. It reduces excess kapha which is the heavy and wet elements commonly encountered in spring time.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it empowers the mind known as ‘shen’ and works as a tonic for stimulating the flow of chi (life force energy) and blood. This is great for helping with stagnated chi, congestion and with cold achy joints.
Spring fields Room Spray:)
15 drops lavender
15 drops rosemary (cineol or verbenon)
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lemon
10 drops lime
5 drops spearmint
These can be added to a 4 Oz spray bottle topped with water for an amazing air mist which refreshes any space with spring aromas. This blend can be added to 3-4 Oz of carrier oil for an amazing refreshing and stimulating massage oil which reduces aches and pains and improves detoxification and circulation.
Deep conditioning hair treatment:
3 drops Rosemary cineol
2 drops ylang ylang
3 drops lavender
Add in a small dish with ½ Oz coconut oil (grapeseed and other carrier oils are also suitable for this treatment). Massage the oil into your dry hair and scalp and let it sit for minimum of 20 minutes, it’s best if its left in overnight. When washing out it is best to apply your shampoo while the hair is dry as the water will create a barrier between the oil and your hair and scalp. Rinse and repeat until oil is washed out. This will make your hair amazing and everyone will comment on how vital and healthy the hair looks. Great for dry hair or scalp, dandruff, improving thin hair, frizz and is a must for people with beautiful thick hair.
Sinus and respiratory health blend:
10 drops rosemary verbenone
10 drops peppermint
10 drops eucalyptus globulus
10 drops lemon
Blend together in small container to carry with you and use as needed. If you desire feel free to add ½ -1 Oz carrier oil and use like a vapor rub, I use this combination neat on my skin as I enjoy the minty sensation. Direct palm inhalation is the best method of opening up congestion. Put 1-4 drops into the palm of the hands rub them together and cup them in front of the nose and inhale slowly and deeply 3-5 times. This would also be perfect in an aromatherapy diffuser. This blend is very similar to the sinus congestion blend and mental clarity so you can do the same treatment using these expertly formulated blends.