Rosemary essential oil, with its warm and penetrating aroma, is one of the most stimulating oils used in aromatherapy.
Rosemary was one of the earliest plants to be used in medicine, as well as for cooking and for religious rites. During the middle ages it was used to smoke out devils during exorcism.
I often add a couple of drops of rosemary oil to my bath if I'm feeling tired after a days gardening - it is so good for aching muscles! Also great when blended with black pepper as well!
It has a very strong antiseptic action so is terrific to use in aromatherapy recipes for cleaning.
Rosemary has traditionally been used in skin and hair care for centuries.
Mediterranean countries, Middle East, California
Common Method Of Extraction:
Steam distillation of the flowering twigs
Camphorous and woody - a very penetrating scent
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Analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, cephalic, diuretic, stimulant, tonic, astringent, hypertensive, emmenagogue, rubefacient
Mind, Spirit and Body:
A great oil for stimulating dull skin and good for the scalp, especially dandruff or loss of hair. Rosemary is astringent and toning and good for oily or congested skin, especially in the form of an aromatic water.