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May Essential Oil: Rosemary

Updated: Jun 4, 2023

Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Aroma: Herbaceous, fresh, woody

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region. The shrubby plant has pale blue flowers and leaves that resemble pine needles. It can grow 2-6 feet tall. The shrub is described as having the smell of the ocean with a hint of pine. The Latin name ‘Rosmarinus’ means “dew of the sea.”

Rosemary has long been a symbol of love, loyalty, and eternity. It’s also known as a symbol of remembrance. Brides would wear rosemary wreaths or carry rosemary bouquets to show they would always remember their families. The ancients honored the gods by decorating the statues with rosemary and planting shrubs around tombs.

Rosemary was one of the first essential oils to be distilled, in the year 1330. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was burned to fumigate sickrooms to protect others against diseases and airborne infections. In medieval Europe, rosemary blossoms were sugared and eaten as a means of preventing the plague. It was also used as incense for funeral services. And during World War II a mixture of rosemary and juniper berries was burned in hospitals in France as a way to kill germs.

Below is a list of some of the therapeutic properties of Rosemary essential oil:

  • Alleviates chest and nasal congestion of colds

  • Helpful with asthma, bronchitis, coughs, flu

  • Relieves pain and stiffness in joints, muscle aches, and pains

  • Can be used for acne, cuts and scrapes, dermatitis, eczema, scabies

  • Helps to balance moods, deal with grief, and promote general well-being

  • Improves concentration

  • Activates the root, solar plexus, throat, and third eye chakras

  • Use to consecrate altars or sacred spaces

  • Attracts love and luck, banishes negativity and increases protective energy

  • Helps to cultivate intuition and supports with dream work and past live work

  • Can also be helpful with arthritis, circulation, fainting, headaches, jet lag, menstrual cramps, stress, and indigestion

  • Rosemary is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, antidepressant, antioxidant, decongestant, detoxifier, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, and parasiticide.

Avoid using Rosemary oil if you have epilepsy or other seizure disorders, or high blood pressure.

Rosemary Warming Bath Blend Recipe:

2 cups of Epsom or Dead Sea Salts

4 tablespoons of carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil or Fractionated Coconut oil

5 drops of Rosemary

4 drops of Marjoram

3 drops of Douglas Fir

Put salt in a glass bowl. Combine carrier oil and essential oils in a separate bowl and then add to the salts. Mix together thoroughly. Store in an air-tight container. Use 1-2 teaspoons in a warm bath.

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*Safety Note: Always, always, consult with a doctor before using essential oils, especially if you’re pregnant, or using oils for your children. It’s also a good idea to check with your veterinarian before using oils on your pets too. Essential oils are safe, natural alternatives; however, we are not doctors and it’s just good practice to consult with your trusted medical professionals before trying or adding new things into your environment.


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