The name ‘rosemary’ derives from the Latin for ‘dew’ (ros) and ‘sea’ (marinus), or ‘dew of the sea’. Rosemary is also sometimes called ‘anthos’, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning ‘flower’.
The plant was considered sacred to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks and often used to symbolise love and death.
It has been used medicinally for centuries and famous Greek scientists of the day, such as Theophrastus (c. 371 – c. 287 BC) and Dioscorides (c. 40 – 90 AD), recommended it as a remedy for stomach and liver problems. Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) suggested cooking vegetables with it to sooth liver and spleen disorders and Galen (129 AD – c. 200) prescribed it for jaundice.
Biochemical group: Monoterpene
Main chemical compounds: α-pinene, 1,8-cineole, camphor, camphene, β-pinene, β-myrcene, verbenone, limonene, α-terpineol, borneol, β-caryophyllene, para-cymene, linalool, others
For an scalp / hair massage blend – blend a couple of drops of Rosemary with some Organic lavender essential oil in a fixed (carrier) oil
For respiratory infections: inhale on its own or blended depending on the condition, we like it blended with some Lavandin and Lemon essential oils.
To assist with studying, focusing, memorising – vapourise a drop perhaps with some Lemon essential oil or apply a drop to a tissue and inhale
For muscular aches and pains – dilute in a fixed oil (carrier oil) and massage affected areas. Try adding a drop of our Lavandin and Thyme essential oils.
Tisserand and Young warn that Rosemary Oil may be neurotoxic (it is avoided in treatments involving clients suffering from epilepsy) and for this chemotype recommend dermal maximum of 22%. (Both recommendations are based on the level of camphor present in the oil). Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 407-409.]