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Rosemary is probably one of the best-known and most used of aromatic herbs. To the Greeks and Romans it was considered a sacred plant - they believed rosemary symbolised love and death. Its also been used for centuries as a power remedy for the stomach and liver problems.
It has a stimulating effect on the mind and is used as an aid to the memory and poor concentration. Culpepper recommended it for diseases of the head such as giddiness, loss of speech, and mental lethargy. For headaches a great blend is a combination of Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender.
Nowadays Rosemary is used for a wide range of nervous, circulatory, muscular and digestive disorders. It is considered to be a tonic of the heart - and is said to benefit cardiac fatigue, palpitations, low blood pressure and circulatory problems of the extremities.
From a muscular point of view its analgestic properties is beneficial for rheumatism, arthritis and tired, stiff, over-worked muscles.
From a respiratory point of view its recommended for catarrh, and bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis.
Rosemary has traditionally been used in hair care - its reputed to stimulate hair growth and prevent premature baldness. Its also useful for the prevention of dandruff. Its one of the most invigorating oils and promotes the circulation of Qi and blood.
BOTANICAL NAME: Rosmarinus officinalis
PLANT FAMILY: Labiatae or Lamiaceae
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Tunisia
METHOD OF EXTRACTION: Dry distillation from the needles
AROMA CHARACTERISTICS: strong fresh, woody herbaceous aroma with camphorous undertones
ODOUR INTENSITY: High
CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS: Borneol (Alcohol), Cuminic (Aldehyde), Bornyl acetate (Ester), Camphor, Cineole (Ketones), Caryophyllene (Sesquiterpene), Camphene, Pinene (Terpenes)
BLENDS WELL WITH: Rosemary essential oil blends well with most spice, herb and citrus oils and can be used to great effect with Lavender. Other oils that blend well with Rosemary are Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, and Tea-tree.
SAFETY INFORMATION: In the correct dose (2%) Rosemary oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. However, due to its highly stimulating actions, it should be avoided during pregnancy and by epilepsy suffers or people with high blood pressure.
INGREDIENTS: Contains 100% Rosemary essential oil