Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a Mediterranean herb, which, like lavender, has been used for centuries for a wide range of physical and physiological conditions. Historically, it has mainly been associated with the strengthening of the memory and is thus a popular emblem of fidelity, constancy and remembrance throughout the ages.
As well as the lavender, at Jersey Lavender we also grow and distill Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). It’s easy to grow and can be harvested and distilled when we are not hectically processing the lavender. You’ve all heard of rosemary with your roast lamb, but less well known is that it is a commonly used perfumery ingredient and has some longstanding therapeutic benefits.
Historically, it has mainly been associated with the strengthening of the memory and is thus a popular emblem of fidelity, constancy and remembrance throughout the ages.
Here are our Top Uses of Rosemary Oil suggestions for the use of our Jersey grown and distilled Rosemary Oil.
Rosemary oil is an effective physical and mental stimulant. Herbalists have traditionally used it to revitalize the circulatory and nervous systems thereby improving memory and energy levels. Added to shower gels or dispersed in a bath, rosemary oil will lift the spirits and cure feelings of sluggishness and lethargy. Alternatively put a couple of drops on a hanky and inhale the scent.
Steam inhalations of rosemary oil will help clear bronchial and nasal congestion, tiredness and headaches.
3. Stiffness and muscle pain
Added to carrier oil or lotion and massaged onto the affected area, rosemary oil will relax aching, tired or strained muscles and remove stiffness.
4. Hair tonic:
A few drops of oil added to shampoo and/or conditioner will help stimulate your hair bulbs and boost hair growth. Rosemary oil is also an effective astringent and can help combat excessive oil production and/or dandruff on the scalp. And it will leave your hair smelling wonderfully fresh.
5. General ‘tonic’
For a general tonic for your mind and body add rosemary oil to your massage oil. The natural astringent properties of rosemary will help to pep up your lymphatic system, boost your mood and keep your skin toned.
6. Defence Against Infections
Rosemary oil is a good antiseptic and recent laboratory research has shown that it also has strong anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, thus able to protect the skin and body from infections. Further extensive investigations are currently being made to discover whether rosemary could even play a preventative role in the fight against cancer.
CAUTION: ROSEMARY OIL SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR BABIES, INFANTS OR DURING PREGNANCY. Essential oils can cause harm if used inappropriately and indiscriminately. We STRONGLY SUGGEST CAUTION if you DO NOT have experience of their use. Please read up carefully on the subject or consult a qualified aromatherapist or doctor. An excellent introductory home-use guide called “Aromatherapy” is available from the Books section of our shop.