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Rosemary Essential Oil: Its Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Common Name: Rosemary

Latin Name: Rosmarinus Officinalis

Aromatherapy Uses: Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the mind and body while reducing fatigue. The Essential Oil has been long known for its memory enhancement properties. For the Respiratory System, Rosemary Oil can help treat Asthma, Bronchitis, and Whooping Cough.

Discussion: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs. Forms range from upright to trailing; the upright forms can reach 1.5 m tall, rarely 2 m.

The leaves are evergreen, 2-4 cm long and 2-5 mm broad, green above, and white below with dense short woolly hairs. The flowers are variable in color, being white, pink, purple, or blue.

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) in Europe, probably as a result of this reputation.

Oil Extraction Method: Rosemary Essential Oil is obtained by steam distilling the flowers.

Oil Characteristics: Rosemary Essential Oil is a clear to light yellow color, with a strong fresh minty scent.

Rosemary Oil Flower Plant Distribution: It is native to the Mediterranean region. However, it is grown in Britain, China, France, Spain, Western United States, and various other places.

Scent Blending: Rosemary Essential Oil blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Lavender, Thyme, Peppermint, and other spice oils.

Safety Notes: Non-Irritating in diluted form, non-sensitizing, non-toxic. Do not use while pregnant.

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