Rosemary Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol - trying saying THAT 5x fast. Or just once, for that matter.) is a steam-distilled oil taken from the flowering plant. It smells like... you guessed it, rosemary! But much stronger than the plant, very herbaceous, and woody with "evergreen undertones".
It's said to affect the immune system, respiratory system, and nervous system, as well as other benefits and uses (many of which are listed below). In addition to its many physical properties, rosemary is also said to have an effect on the memory, opening the conscious mind, and assisting in learning.
- Supports healthy digestion
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
Emotionally and spiritually, these affects spell the potential for mental expansion, clarity, and insight, something that can be especially useful during transition and change. It helps us to process what's happening around us and within us consciously, instead of burying it with distractions. In doing so it can create both a sense of trust in the process of Life, as well as confidence in our ability to navigate it with ease.
How to Use Rosemary Essential Oil
Traditionally, rosemary essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Rosemary Essential Oil
Avoid during pregnancy or if you have epilepsy. May cause issues if you have high blood pressure. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil
- Rub topically on bottom of feet or stomach to help with digestion.
- Diffuse Rosemary, or apply topically to help reduce tension, stress, and fatigue.
- Add 1–2 drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats and favorite entrees.
- Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute to assist with transitioning.
- Add a single drop of rosemary essential oil to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute, in order to help alleviate the nerves.
Inspiration for Using Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo: Combine 1/2 cup castile soap and 1/2 cup water or coconut milk and stir. Then add in 16 drops Rosemary and 2 drops Peppermint essential oil.
Eye Serum: Mix together almond oil and 12 drops each of Rosemary and Lavender essential oil. Put in roller bottle and use on puffy or red skin under the eyes.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils