Rosemary was valued by the ancients of many cultures as a sacred plant that could impart peace to both the living and the dead. The Greeks burnt rosemary at shrines, and along with the Romans, considered it symbolic of remembrance and loyalty. During the Middle Ages, people wore rosemary garlands to bring them good luck and to protect them from evil spirits, magic, and witchcraft. It was also thought to help protect against the plague and other infectious illnesses. Nowadays rosemary is a popular culinary herb, and used in many delectable dishes. However, its charm isn’t relegated to the kitchen: it’s a powerful aromatic as well. Rosemary’s fresh, minty, woody aroma can fight fatigue, uplift spirits, renew enthusiasm, and boost self-confidence. Rosemary also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it a strong ally against colds, flu, and respiratory infections. Rosemary is a necessity for every aromatherapy kit.
Acne, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cellulite, colds and flu, constipation, dandruff, depression, diarrhea, enthusiasm, fatigue, fluid retention, greasy hair and skin, headaches, memory enhancement, menstrual pain, migraines, muscular pain, nervous exhaustion, respiratory infections, rheumatism, self-confidence, sinus problems and stiff neck.
Essential Oil Applications
For acne and greasy skin, use 2-3 drops on a wet cotton ball and dab on affected area.
For asthma and respiratory infections, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.
For arthritis, back pain, muscular pain, rheumatism, or a stiff neck, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on area.
For cellulite, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on affected area regularly. Can also use 8-10 drops in bath water.
To help the body fight colds and flu, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.
For constipation or diarrhea, use 8-10 drops in bath water. Can also mix 2-3 drops with 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on lower back and abdomen area.
For dandruff and greasy hair, add 2-3 drops of oil to unscented conditioner. Leave on 3-5 minutes, then rinse.
To relieve depression, fatigue, and nervous exhaustion, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
To restore enthusiasm and self-confidence, and enhance memory, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
To alleviate fluid retention and cellulite, use 8-10 drops in bath water regularly. Can also mix 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected areas regularly.
For headaches and migraines, especially those related to gastric upset, use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.
To alleviate menstrual pain, use 8-10 drops in bath water. Can also mix 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on lower back and abdomen.
For sinus problems, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
Mixes Well With:
Atlas cedarwood, basil, bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, oregano, palmarosa, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, rosewood, sage, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, and thyme.
Fresh flowering tops or whole plant.
Avoid if pregnant. Do not use if diagnosed with epilepsy or high blood pressure. Do not rub or massage directly over or below varicose veins.
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