Plant/part: Herb/flowering tops and leaves (source: france, mediterranean, tunisia )
Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae (labiatae)
Aroma: Strong, clear and penetrating, a refreshing herbal fragrance.
Properties: Rosemary is an energising oil with a strong herbaceous aroma. It helps to relieve muscle aches and combats mental fatigue. Use it in the daytime as its energising effect may keep you awake at night. Perfect in pre and post sports rubs to maintain suppleness. Helps combat water retention and cellulite. Good hair tonic. An ‘ideal pick me up’. Combats fatigue and clears stuffy atmosphere.
Seems to revive the senses and in some cases could play a part in restoring impediments of speech, hearing and sight. Clears headaches and migraines especially when connected to gastric problems. May be helpful for vertigo. A good nerve stimulant and helps to tone temporarily paralysed limbs. A pain relieving agent without being too sedative, helps ease gout, rheumatic pains and tired over-worked muscles.
Chemical constituents: Borneol, camphene, camphor, cineol, lineol, pinene, terpineol.
Precautions: Do not use rosemary when pregnant, having high blood pressure, or suffering from epilepsy. It may cause irritation of the skin.
Blends: Lavender, citronella, thyme, basil, peppermint, labdanum, elemi, cedarwood, petitgrain and cinnamon.