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Rosemary Oil

Essential Oil Profile as used by The Aromatherapy Studies Course
By Dawn Copeland and Jeanne Rose

(PART OF THE AROMATHERAPY COURSE – HOME & FAMILY with therapeutic additions)


Name of Oil:
Rosemary 1.8 Cineol
(the usual Rosemary used) See the Rosemary Chemotype article for the various chemotypes used.

Latin Binomial/Botanical Family:
Rosmarinus officinalis
CT Cineol, Family Lamiaceae Countries of Origin: France, Spain, and Morocco

General description of plant, habitat & growth: A bush growing up to six feet, with twisted stems and long, thin branches growing spike-like leaves and deep, blue flowers, sometimes white.

Portion of plant used in distillation, how distilled, extraction
methods & yield:
The leaves, tops and flowers are steam distilled.
Yield: 1.0-2.0%.

Rosmarinus officinalis and –
Rosmarinus officinalis var. prostratus

Organoleptic Characteristics: (see Basic 7 Vocabulary of Odor© for how to use)
  Color: Clear
  Clarity: Clear
  Viscosity: Non-viscous
  Taste: Sharp, menthol, sweet, should be no camphor smell or taste
  Intensity of Odor: 4

Chemical Components: 1.8 Cineole, Beta--Pinene, Camphor, Camphene, Borneol, and Bornyl Acetate

Historical Uses: Memory aide.

Interesting Facts: See Herbs & Things for herbal information. “Considered sacred by ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans. All ancient healers used Rosemary, including the Swiss 16th-century doctor and alchemist, Paracelsus. Many mentioned its ability to heighten memory. The flowers are a source of excellent honey. Used extensively in hair lotions and for the prevention of premature balding.

Properties of the Essential Oil (by IG=ingestion or IN=inhalation or AP=application):
Ingestion: Taken for various therapeutic problems, including respiratory and ADH.
Inhalation: Expectorant, bactericide, stimulant, antiseptic, rubefacient, anti-tussive, decongestant, analgesic, and antitoxic. Application: Bactericide, stimulant, antiseptic, rubefacient, anti-jussive, analgesic, and antitoxic.

Physical Uses & How used of the Essential Oil (IG or AP):
Ingestion: Arthritis, general weakness, and to stimulate the liver and gall bladder.
Application: Earaches, as a bactericide, against Candida, for muscular pain, and in skin care.
Inhalation: Expectorant, sinus-bronchial-pulmonary infections, especially antibacterial on staph- or strep- germs, including Escherichia coli, for overwork, hangovers, coughs, colds, bronchitis, and sinus problems.

Emotional Uses (AP or IN): By inhalation, Rosemary 1.8 Cineole is used for memory enhancement, exhaustion, headaches, to encourage intuition, and to strengthen the pineal gland. 1,8-cineole

Key Use: Respiratory aide and massage.
Safety Precautions: The British say it should Not to be used by persons with epilepsy.


DISCLAIMER: This work is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for accurate diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care professional. The author is neither a chemist nor a medical doctor. The content herein is the product of research and some personal and practical experience. Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies - Jeanne Rose©

Essential Oil Profiles were by compiled Dawn Copeland of Chicago, Ill and Jeanne Rose. with permission.
Bibliography and References for Essential oil profiles:

Herbal Studies Course/ Jeanne Rose & Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 1992.
Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.
Miller, Richard & Ann. The Potential of Herbs as a Cash Crop. Acres USA. Kansas City. 1985.
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press
Rose, Jeanne. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols. Berkeley, California: Frog, Ltd., 1999
Rose, Jeanne. The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. San Francisco, California
Worwood, Susan & Valerie Ann. Essential Aromatherapy, a pocket guide to essential oils and Aromatherapy. Novato, CA.
     New World Library, 2003..

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