Origin: A native of the Mediterranean countries, rosemary has been used as a medicine and a sacred herb for thousands of years. As a medicinal herb it is used primarily as a tonic for nervousness, depression and headaches. It is also one of the classic culinary herbs.
Rosemary is a very versatile, warming oil, which has the effect of stimulating and unblocking various systems in the body. It may be used in massage blends and compresses, steam inhalations, in the bath and for room fragrancing. Rosemary combines well with many oils, especially basil, lavender; lemongrass, olibanum, orange, peppermint, petitgrain and pine.
The primary action of rosemary is on the circulatory system; it stimulates a weak heart and is useful for treating low blood pressure and cold extremities. Rosemary can also help to clear the blood vessels in cases of arteriosclerosis. Use in the bath or as a massage blend.
Rosemary increases the circulation of blood to the brain and nervous system and can help to improve memory, concentration and mental alertness, so it is a very good oil to use in a burner in any room where people are trying to concentrate. It can also be used to treat lethargy, vertigo and paralysis. It is an important remedy in the treatment of headaches and is helpful for many people who suffer with migraines.
The moving qualities of rosemary make it a good digestive tonic, promoting the flow of bile, helping to unblock an obstructed gall bladder and clearing gallstones. It is also used to treat hepatitis and jaundice.
Rosemary is an antiseptic and antispasmodic oil which can be employed to treat gastrointestinal infection, painful digestion, flatulence and colic. It will alleviate diarrhea and colitis, particularly in weak, nervous people.
It is also a mild emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow), and will help to relieve painful periods. Dilute in a base oil and massage over the abdomen, or add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath.
Rosemary is a beneficial oil for people prone to chronic lung conditions. It is antiseptic and can be used to treat colds, flu and coughs. It is also one of the main detoxifying oils; combine with lavender and juniper as a massage oil to detoxify the lymphatic system.
It is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, especially when symptoms are worse in cold weather. It will also bring relief to sprains and strains, making it a classic ingredient in sports blends. And lastly, it has been an important treatment for problems of the hair and scalp and can be used to treat alopecia and dandruff. It is also a parasiticide and can be used to remove lice.