Oil Summary: Originally known as the rose of Mary, the legend tells of the Virgin Mary spreading her cloak over the bush, after which its flowers would turn from white to blue. Used by the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans for a variety of purposes, it was planted outside the doors of their homes to ward off evil, and in the middle ages it was said to protect against the plague. Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician in the 16th century, hailed rosemary essential oil as a cure-all, due to its observed ability to strengthen the whole body and heal the liver, heart and brain. Well known for its wide range of uses in culinary applications, its essential oil is best known for its ability to relieve arthritis pain and for its stimulant properties. Used by the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans for a variety of purposes, it was planted outside the doors of their homes to ward off evil, and in the middle ages it was said to protect against the plague.
Botanical Name: Salvia rosmarinus
Plant Origin: India
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Leaves
Odor and Color: Rosemary oil is pale-yellow with a thin consistency, and its aromas are warm, sweet, woody, herbal, camphorous, and slightly medicinal with a medium-strong middle fragrance note.
Contraindication: Avoid use if you are pregnant, and practice caution if you suffer from severe allergies. Rosemary essential oil can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. If you are allergic or have sensitivities to basil, oregano, or sage, avoid or use with caution until you know your tolerance. It can also cause spasms, so it should not be used if you are pregnant or think that you might be as it can lead to miscarriage. If you suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure, rosemary essential oil should be avoided. Always heed recommended dilution ratios and test on a small, insensitive area of skin before applying liberally. Undiluted ingestion is not recommended unless you are under the direction of a practitioner qualified in aromatherapy.
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