How Rosemary oil is used in Aromatherapy?
The botanical name for Rosemary is Rosmarinus officinalis and belongs to Labiatae family. Flowering tops and leaves are used for extracting essential oils. Along with its aromatherapy properties, it is also used for cooking.
The oil is clear with a sharp, pine like aroma. It is a stimulating oil to energise the body. It stimulates both physical and mental state of the body.
Rosemary in Aromatherapy:
The benefits of aromatherapy of rosemary oil include-
- Memory enhancer
- Remedy for arthritis, aching muscles, muscle cramping, dandruff, exhaustion, dull skin, hair care, gout, neuralgia, rheumatism and poor blood circulation.
- Rubbing oil on chest relieves sinus and lung congestion.
- It was used as a substitute for myrrh in incense and it would be burned as a disinfectant in hospitals.
- The antiseptic use of rosemary oil is used for diarrhea and intestinal infections and also gives relief from dyspepsia, colitis, flatulence, jaundice and hepatic disorders.
- It is used in treatment for dry skin and acne.
Properties of Rosemary oil:
- Powerful mental stimulant
- Aids memory and concentration
- Restores and invigorates vitality
- Helps overcome mental and physical fatigue
- Stimulates circulation
- Supports central nervous system
- Fragrance used in meditation
- Expels toxins from the liver
- The essential oil has a very pungent, fresh, sweet, herbaceous and medicinal odour with woody undertones which is very similar to eucalyptus.
Precautions for Rosemary oil:
- The use of oil should be avoided in pregnancy, fever, hypertension and epilepsy.
- The rosemary essential oil should never be used undiluted and always be blended with carrier oils such as Lavender, Citronella, and Peppermint.