PORTRAIT

You want to know the chemotype of the rosemary essential oil you are buying because different varieties (called chemotypes, or CTs) develop different chemical characteristics based on the altitude and temperature of where the plants are grown. At Inshanti, we carry three different rosemary oils—rosemary ct camphor, rosemary ct 1,8 cineole, and rosemary ct verbenone. Rosemary 1,8 cineole is your choice for fighting respiratory issues like colds and flu, bronchitis, and upper respiratory infections. This wild crafted oil has a wonderful aroma, not sharp or medicinal, but bright, uplifting and almost sweet.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Leaves and Twigs
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Chemical Family: Ketones, Monoterpenes, Oxides
Country of Origin: China
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Wild Crafted
Aroma: Fresh, Herbaceous & Camphoraceous
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Stimulates and Strengthens the Mind
  • Clears the thoughts
  • Energizes and Uplifts

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Analgesic – An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Antirheumatic – An agent that helps to relieve rheumatism.
  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Astringent — Firms tissue and organs; reduces discharges and secretions.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Decongestant – Reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.
  • Expectorant– Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.
  • Diuretic – Promotes activity of kidney and bladder and increases urination.
  • Stimulant – An agent that stimulates the physiological functions of the body.

HOW TO USE

Cold & Flu Remedy: Massage (use above recipe) into chest and neck area to relieve cold symptoms such as coughs, congestion, aches and pains, and bronchitis.

Diffuser: This is a great oil to diffuse. It will enhance mental clarity, lessen fatigue, kill those nasty germs in the air and improve respiratory congestion.

*Inshanti Fact – Until recently many French hospitals used Rosemary to disinfect the air.

Headache Relief: Blend rosemary ct. 1,8 cineole with peppermint and lavender as an excellent treatment for alleviating headaches.

Massage Oil: Blend 10–12 drops of rosemary to 1 oz. of carrier oil (olive oil or any vegetable oil). This is a superior massage blend to relieve muscular stiffness, cramping, lower back, and aches and pains of the joints, and lessens the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. The energizing qualities of pure Rosemary oil make it helpful in warming the extremities.

Shampoo: Add a drop of rosemary in your hand of shampoo and wash your hair. This is a great blend to use in the morning. It is uplifting, refreshing, invigorating, and stimulates and strengthens the mind. How about that to start your day!!!

RECIPES

SAFETY

If oxidized it can cause skin irritation or sensitization. The literature suggests that people with epilepsy, high blood pressure, and pregnant women should avoid Rosemary. It can be a stimulating oil; avoid nighttime use. With children, use at no more than 1% (5-6 drops total in 1 ounce of carrier). According to Robert Tisserand, he believes that there is no case for contraindicating any essential oil in someone with high blood pressure.

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

 

 

More Info

Rosemary is a small evergreen shrub with thick aromatic and linear leaves and is native to the Mediterranean region. The plant grows abundantly in the wild in Spain, France, Corsica, Italy, Sardinia and Tunisia, however, most of the oil is produced in Spain, France, and Tunisia.

There are three major varieties of rosemary, identified by their chemotypes (based on chemical characteristics) and their primary country association:

  • Camphor-borneol (Spain), effective for the circulatory system
  • 1,8 cineole (Tunisia), effective for the respiratory system
  • Verbonone (France), effective for the skin, hair, and liver

While all rosemary has chemical traits in common, each chemotype has a higher intensity of one chemical compound that makes it more suitable for specific health issues. Inshanti carries all three varieties so you can choose the chemotype to target your personal concerns.

The ancients used rosemary in place of the more costly incense in their religious ceremonies. It was customary to burn rosemary with juniper berries to purify the air and prevent infections. Rosemary was known to have a stimulating effect on the mind and to be useful as a memory aid. Consequently, the herb became known as a symbol of remembrance.

Rosemary has traditionally been used in skin and hair care. It is extensively used in hair care products as it is reputed to stimulate hair growth and prevent premature baldness. It is also used for the prevention of dandruff.

Until recently many French hospitals used rosemary to disinfect the air.

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