Rosemary oil is a treasured herb sporting a myriad of health benefits, boosting both the nervous & immune systems, thus providing the immune system with active defence against infections and fatigue both mental and physical.
Historically, Rosemary was considered sacred by the Hebrews, Romans, ancient Greeks & Egyptians, and was used for a myriad of purposes. For example, in the Mediterranean, the leaves and oils of Rosemary were used in culinary preparations, whereas the Greeks used Rosemary for garlands for headgear while studying (it was believed to improve memory) Both the Romans and the Greeks have traditionally used Rosemary in religious ceremonies & festivals, including weddings (as a reminder of life & death), while in Egypt it was used for its aromatic properties in the form of incense and essential oils.
It has been used in cosmetics for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic & anti-oxidant properties. In medical care, Rosemary was a favourite alternative herbal medicine used by the German-Swiss physician, philosopher and botanist Paracelsus, who recognised its healing properties especially for its ability to strengthen the body and heal organs such as the liver, heart & brain. It has also been used in massage balms to relieve aching muscles & soothe digestive issues.
Uses of Rosemary oil.
Rosemary oil is best known for…
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Origin: Native to the Mediterranean region, now cultivated worldwide in the Middle East, California, England, Russia, Portugal, Morocco, China, France, Spain, Yugoslavia, etc. Although the main oil-producing countries are Spain, Tunisia & France.
Aroma characteristics: strong, herbal aroma with a warm camphor undertone.
• analgesic • antimicrobial • antiseptic • antispasmodic • carminative (relieving flatulence) • cicatrizing (helps wound healing and create scars) • decongestant • depurative (purifying) • diuretic • immunostimulant • restorative • spasmolytic (relieve spasm of smooth muscle) • stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) • stimulant.
All the essential oils highlighted in this column are available at The Emporium of the Enchanted Forest (inside the VaVa Yoga Studio), and you can explore our Apothecary and discuss any questions you may have with me, Ashlí.
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