This Meditteranean Rosemary Essential oil is very high quality and is usually the first choice economically for regular bulk use in soaps, skin, and body care.
Rosemary – The botanical name is rosmarinus officinalis
The most commonly used Rosemary essential oil comes from Spain and is steam distilled from the whole herb. There is a special variety of Rosemary known by its botanical name as rosmarinus verbenone from France that is considerably stronger in aroma and is considered the more powerful choice for aromatherapy.
The Rosemary is an aromatic shrub with scaly bark and dense, leathery green needlelike leaves. Tiny light purplish blue blossoms abound from December through spring. Rosemary plants may grow to heights of four to six feet in height with the proper conditions.
Rosemary essential oil stimulates skin cell renewal. It is believed to improve dry or mature skin, eases lines and wrinkles, and heals burns and wounds. Rosemary is traditionally believed to help clear acne, fight blemishes and dull dry skin by fighting bacteria while normalizing sebaceous secretions. Rosemary improves circulation and can reduce the appearance of broken blood capillaries and varicose veins. Rosemary essential oil is believed to help overcome mental fatigue and sluggishness by stimulating and strengthening the entire nervous system. Rosemary improves mental clarity while aiding alertness and concentration. Rosemary oil is great for stressful conditions and helps you see things from a clearer more mindful perspective.
Rosemary is a clear thin essential oil with a top note considered in perfumery to be medium to strong. Rosemary Spanish essential oil blends well with most oils, but is especially nice when combined with basil, cedarwood, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, orange and peppermint.
The aroma of Rosemary Spanish is described as having a strong, clear, penetrating, green, and herbaceous scent with a hint of camphor
Rosemary Spanish has been traced to Roman burial rites, the ritual continued well into the middle ages when it was customary to lay large sprigs and twigs of rosemary on the casket at a funeral. Because it’s origin and history of prolific growth was in proximity to the sea, the name means “Dew of the Sea”. The leaves are still used today and traditionally burned for smudging in hospitals to purify the air and chase off evil spirits in some cultures.
Rosemary is considered as generally non-toxic and non-sensitizing. Rosemary is believed to be not suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure although there is little documented evidence of this. Avoid in pregnancy since it is an emmenagogue. Rosemary may interfere or antidote homeopathic remedies. See the section on Essential Oil safety for other safety information.