Hi everyone, this month I shall delve into the herbaceous world of Rosemary. A wonderful refreshing fragrance renown for it’s uplifting and stimulating properties. We are all very familiar with the pungent aroma of Rosemary and it’s amazing flavour when used in cooking.
Within the world of aromatherapy Rosemary is one of the most common and widely used essential oils, originating from the Mediterranean coast. It is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops and one whiff of this wonderful oil is enough to invigorate the senses!
It brings a whole range of benefits, from boosting concentration to relieving muscular tension and treating scalp conditions. Rosemary has a strong, clear, refreshing fragrance, with herbal and medicinal notes.
During this time of year we can find ourselves sluggish and in much need of a boost. This is a time when we are more susceptible to colds, coughs and various viral infections. Therefore, Rosemary makes is an excellent choice of oil to use in energising the body and invigorating the mind.
Whenever your feeling mentally fatigued, try placing a few drops on a tissue, inhale! The invigorating aroma will instantly lift the spirits and renew mental clarity!
Due to its pain relieving properties it helps in easing rheumatic pains and an excellent oil to use in massage, for tired and over worked muscles, especially sports and fitness enthusiasts. It also works well in treating headaches and nerve pain, such as neuralgia.
Rosemary is a good heart tonic, stimulating blood flow, improving circulation and normalising low blood pressure. However, it should be noted as it is a highly stimulating oil it is not suitable for those with epilepsy, high blood pressure and best avoided in pregnancy.
It is a very valuable oil for respiratory conditions, acting as a good decongestant, helping to assist with throat congestion, colds, flu and used for conditions such as; asthma and chronic bronchitis.
I have a personal oil blend I like to use when feeling congested or when blogging and just need some mental clarity! The combination of oils works in perfect harmony, stimulating the senses and clearing the head!
Add 2 drops each of Rosemary, Lemon and Peppermint to a diffuser or oil burner and enjoy the aroma!
Rosemary is also beneficial in aiding digestive problems, helping to relieve flatulaence, constipation, bloating and detoxifying for the liver.
Lastly, its stimulating action is said to be beneficial in treating scalp conditions and promoting hair growth. Try massaging the scalp with rosemary essential oil to help nourish the scalp, removing dandruff and to strengthen the hair.
Blends well with: Basil, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange and Peppermint.