Greek Rosemary Organic Essential Oil ct 1,8-Cineole
Greek Rosemary Organic Essential Oil ct 1,8-Cineole

Greek Rosemary Organic Essential Oil ct 1,8-Cineole

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Greek Rosemary Organic Essential Oil ct 1,8-Cineole

Batch: E1001120

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Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Chemotype: Rosemary CT 1,8-Cineole

Botanical family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Plant part used to extract the oil: aerial parts

Cultivation method: Organic

Area of origin: Greece

Historical notes:

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: 1,8-cineole, α-pinene,  camphor, camphene, β-pinene,   β-myrcene, verbenone, limonene, α-terpineol, borneol, β-caryophyllene, para-cymene, linalool, others

Colour: clear

Consistency: thin

Aroma strength: medium strong

Perfumery note: middle

Aroma: herbaceous, camphoraceous, medicinal, pungent, rich

Traditional aromatherapy uses:

  • Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments rosemary essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties:


Analgesic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-septic, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-viral, Cephalic, Decongestant, Digestive tonic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Immune support, Mucolytic, Stimulant, Warming


  • Qualified aromatherapists may use rosemary essential oil for common complaints such as:



  • Skin / hair conditions: traditionally used in skin and hair care, especially shampoos and blends to stimulate the hair growth
  • respiratory conditions: colds, catarrh, sinusitis
  • skeletomuscular problems: muscular aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, tired and stiff muscles
  • circulatory system: low blood pressure, cold hands and/or feet, tired legs
  • digestive system: tonic/support to the liver and gall bladder
  • nervous system: tonic, improving mental clarity and memory


  • How we use it:

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

  • 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.



Safety considerations:

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.]

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

Research and studies:

  • The essential oil of rosemary and its effect on the human image and numerical short-term memory.


  • An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis ) by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration


  • The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Diterpenes for Alzheimer's Disease


  Margaret Pawlaczyk-Karlinski MSc. (Hons.), Cert. Ed., M.I.F.A., NHS reg.





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