Rosemary is originally from Asia, but is now cultivated in France, Tunisia
and Yugoslavia. It is native to the Mediterranean areas where it is grown
extensively for commercial production. Rosemary was used in the middle ages
to drive away evil spirits. It refreshes, clears the mind and energizes
body, mind and spirit. It enhances circulation and eases muscle stiffness
and aches when added to a bath or massage products. Rosemary's name is
fitting given its wild growing conditions and the Latin word rose means "dew"
and marinus means "sea".
Description of Rosemary essential
It is a shrubby evergreen bush that grows up to 2 meters (4 feet) high with
green-gray needle-shaped leaves and pale blue/lilac flowers that bees just
love. Rosemary is a lovely plant of the Labiatae family and is very popular
as a landscape plant in warmer climates. Rosemary oil has a clear, powerful
refreshing herbal smell.
Powerfully fresh, Woody, Foresty, Herbaceous and
Colorless to pale yellow
Rosemary oil has various chemical
compounds that include Pinenes, camphene, limonene, cineol, borneal,
camphor, linalol, terpineol, octanone and bornyl acetate.
: It is extracted by the steam distillation of
leaves and flowering tops.
It is a tonic for the heart, liver and gallbladder and helps to lower
cholesterol levels and improve circulation. It is a good analgesic, easing
muscle and arthritic pains and is particularly good for tired, overworked
muscles. It is frequently used in liniments and is excellent for baths and
massage. Its therapeutic actions are analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal,
antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue,
hypertensive, nervine, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic and sudorific. It
is also considered antidepressant and uplifting. It is used for all variety
respiratory problems colds, sinusitis, lung congestion and asthma. It
stimulates the nervous system, motor nerves and adrenals. Traditionally used
for healing skin problems, it is commonly added in preparations to help
acne, eczema, over production of skin oil, dermatitis, etc.
It is extremely helpful for the hair. Due to it's diuretic qualities, many
have found it helpful when applied to joints and areas of water retention,
such as cellulite. Rosemary can help stimulate the immune system.
The most important constituents of rosemary are carnosol, carnosic acid,
caffeic acid and its derivatives such as rosmarinic acid. These compounds
have powerful antioxidant activity. Rosmarinic acid is well absorbed from
gastrointestinal tract and from the skin. It increases the production of
prostaglandin E2 and reduces the production of leukotriene B4 in human white
blood cells and inhibits the complement system. This makes rosmarinic acid a
strong anti-inflammatory agent.
Rosemary is widely used in cooking especially with roasted meats like lamb.
Rosemary has antibacterial properties also. In the days before
refrigeration, herbs like rosemary were rubbed into fresh meat to prevent
spoilage. The flavoring possibilities of many herbs were most likely
discovered through this preservative effect. Rosemary has been used as a
culinary herbs from vegetables and are used in very small amount and provide
flavor to the food.
Cosmetics and Toiletries:
It's used in many citrus colognes, forest and oriental perfumes and eau de
cologne. Rinses for dark hair often contain rosemary, as do room deodorants,
household sprays, disinfectants and soaps. It is also used in inhalation,
bath and massage. It is mainly used in shampoos to enhance the color of dark
hair, counters split ends and reduces static charge. Great in massage oils
and in the bath. Said to aid the memory.
Rosemary oil is used in Hungary for making specialised water known
as Hungary Water that was first invented for a Queen of Hungary to 'renovate
vitality of paralysed limbs'.
and is prepared by mixing 180g of fresh rosemary tops in full flower into a
litre of spirits of wine. Leave to stand for four days then distill. It is
also supposed to work as a remedy against gout if rubbed vigorously on hands
and feet. Rosemary is used in perfumery application as it has a strong piney
undercurrent, rosemary is a powerful scent that is very uplifting.
It is combined with a number of orange and other light-colored
ingredients to make a very cheering blend especially for females.
It's also been used in magic and religious ritual.
Rosemary is often commonly associated with memory and remembrance
of the past.
Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving
memory, and has been used as a symbol for remembrance (as in worn during
weddings, war commemorations and funerals) students in ancient Greece are
reported to have worn sprigs of rosemary in their hair while studying for
exams to improve their memory..
Rosemary is famous for topiary in
European countries. It is an art of creating sculptures using clipped trees,
shrubs and sub-shrubs. The plants used in topiary are evergreen, have small
leaves or needles, produce dense foliage, and have compact and columnar