The fragrance of rosemary essential oil "enables the human spirit to receive and understand the assistance descending to us from wiser beings," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. "Rosemary helps us remember who we are and what our place is in the evolutionary plan."
Worwood says the emotional benefits of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) are to encourage energy, upliftment, confidence, clarity, concentration, stability, purification, and awareness.
Plant family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves and flowers/buds of the rosemary plant.
Aroma: Fresh, camphorous, herbaceous.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Rosemary essential oil is available in variations called chemotypes.
That is, the chemical composition of the oil varies depending on growing
conditions. Thus the predominant effects of the essential oil differ by
chemotype. The three most common chemotypes are:
Other chemotypes include borneol, bornyl acetate, beta-myrcene, and alpha-pinene.
Is rosemary safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby. Do not use while breastfeeding.
Is rosemary essential oil safe for children? Do not apply to or near the faces of babies or children, according to Essential Oil Safety. For the harsher chemotypes, some sources recommend not using with children under age 10.
Borneol chemotype: 1,8-cineole 20.0%, bornel 15.6%, camphor 15.3%
Bornyl acetate chemotype: alpha-pinene 24.0–28.5%, bornyl acetate 11.5–14.3%, 1,8-cineole 6.8–13.6%, camphor 9.9–10.4%
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: "Rosemary is one of the best stimulants for the nervous system, adrenal glands, digestion, and poor circulation...[It] helps sluggish, underactive skin and is used on dry, mature, and couperose complexion types and varicose veins." Other benefits of rosemary include helping reduce cellulite, dermatis, scars, inflammation, dandruff, and hair loss. "The fragrance improves memory, confidence, perception, and creativity."
For specific chemotypes, the book gives this information:
The Heart of Aromatherapy: Rosemary ct. camphor is good for respiratory support, soothing allergies, clearing mucous and congestion, reducing swelling, soothing sore muscles, encouraging circulation, relieving headaches, promoting a feeling of energy, and supporting mental focus and clarity.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:
Rosemary oil may help relieve muscle and joint pain (including
arthritis), muscle injury, headaches, and a feeling of heaviness in the
legs. The essential oil may also help with respiratory conditions, sinus
congestion, cellulite, memory improvement, acne, boils, abscesses,
dandruff, and hair loss.
Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy: The camphor chemotype helps with neuromuscular problems and releases tension. The cinoele chemotype is stimulating and promotes digestion. The verbenone chemotype is regenerating for the skin and reduces mucus.
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rosemary is warm, pungent, and stimulating. The essential oil is a tonic for yang energy, promotes the circulation of Qi-energy and blood, energizes the Qi-energy of the heart. "Reinforcing the Heart and empowering the Mind (Shen), rosemary oil helps to boost the confidence and morale of those who lack faith in their own potential." The oil's energy is warm and dry and rosemary's main element is fire.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, rosemary aromatherapy benefits are to stimulate the mind and promote alertness, motivation, and self-confidence. Physically, the essential oil restores, stimulates, and warms hypotonic/weak and asthenic/cold conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to tonify the Qi, warm the interior, and strengthen the Shen.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Rosemary oil is a psychic protector.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Use rosemary to awaken your spiritual consciousness. The oil brings mental clarity and sharpness and can help deflect negativity and jealousy.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Rosemary clears, cleanses, strengthens, motivates, and energizes. The oil is especially useful for the sixth chakra to clear the mind, enhance memory, and protect you from negative influences.
Astrological Aromatherapy: Rosemary is a warming and stimulating essential oil with a "no-nonsense" scent similar to the directness of an Aries.
Diffuse rosemary oil for energy and focus.
Energizing Diffuser Blend
Blend the essential oils in a small glass bottle. Follow your diffuser's directions and add the appropriate number of drops to the diffuser.
Source: Essential Living
Focus and concentration inhaler: Add 5 drops rosemary and 10 drops lemon essential oil to a blank aromatherapy inhaler.
Brain Energizer Diffuser Blend
Source: Astrological Aromatherapy
For taking tests: Mix one drop rosemary with 2 drops neroli essential oil. Dab on wrists before a test — rosemary stimulates the mind while neroli is relaxing. Source: Aromatherapy Bible
Rosemary essential oil is one of the most recommended for reducing hair loss.
Scalp Re-Conditioning Blend
To a 5-ml colored glass euro-dropper bottle add these essential oils:
Cap the bottle tightly and shake vigorously to blend oils together. Let set for 8+ hours. Two ways to use:
Source: KG Stiles' Aromatherapy Library
To soothe muscle aches and joint pains, make this massage oil:
Breathe Deep Steam Inhalation
This blend soothes sinuses irritated by pollen and is also a stimulating facial steam.
Source: Katie Vie, "Seasonal Self Care," Aromatherapy Journal, Spring 2013.1, p. 6.
I recommend rosemary essential oil from Young Living. When I asked customer service about the chemotype, I received this reply:
"Young Living® no longer standardizes its essential oils by chemotype... [and] has adopted the use of "Seed to Seal®" to standardize its essential oils. Seed to Seal includes standardization by chemical profile as well as growing conditions, distillation, and manufacturing process.
Based on our review of the chemical profile, we have determined that our rosemary essential oil is not considered verbenone... With that being said, our rosemary should not cause an adverse reaction of any kind when used according to the label directions and safety guidelines."