Rosemary Rosmarinus officianalis herb was most common in the South of France (Provence), Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Dalmatia. At one time, it’s main use was in cooking, infusions into vegetable oils and later, essential oil, which was obtained by steam distillation. The main constituents or chemical components within Rosemary, depending on the chemotype, are pinene, camphene, cineole, borneals, camphors. (1)
Along with many other issues we will fill you in on, Rosemary essential oil is known for it’s ability to assist with the circulatory system. This is due to the stimulating constituents within the oil. The therapeutic effects also depend on the chemotype of the oil which is determined by the components as mentioned above. There are 3 major chemo types (ct) of Rosemary used for essential oil; ct camphor, ct. verbenone and ct. 1-8 cineole.
When purchasing Rosemary essential oil, the chemo type should always be included on the bottle, along with the name and botanical name. Like any essential oil, the safety of the oil is determined by the components within the oil and although some are from the same species, the chemistry can vary.
With the exception of Rosemary Rosmarinus officianlis ct. 1,8-cineole, the standard dilution rates for Rosemary apply. Nine drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier is equivilant to 1% dilution rate. The standard dilution rate for Rosemary is as follows:
Up to 3 months, no oils; 3-24 mnths. 0.5%; 2-6 yrs. 2%; 6-15 yrs. 3%, 15+ is 5% and for those that are pregnant, 2%.
These are maximum dilution rates. Always start at the lowest possible dilution rate. Your maximum is your threshold. This especially applies to children and the eldery. Their skin is quite senstive and in the very young, their respiratory system is more delicate than others.
Ct 1-8, cineole is found in many many oils, up to a possible 270 oils, and it offers remarkable therapeutic properties including as an expectorant, hypotensive, central nervous system stimulant although sedative as well, great anesthetic, helps in opening broncial airways and many more properties that I will cover here. (2)
Valnet continues that Rosemary therapeutic properties also include a general cardiac stimulant, stimulant to the adrenal cortex restorative, a cerbral stimulant and more. Rosemary also offers skin healing properties for wounds and burns, as a parasiticde and even as an aphrodisiac. (3)
Because 1-8 cineole presents a risk of negative interefence in younger undeveloped respiratory systems, Tisserand advises caution with Rosemary 1-8, cineole chemotype. The recommended maximum dilution rates for 1,8-cineole are; for 3-24 months, 0.5%; 2-6 yrs. 1%; 6-15 yrs, 2%; 15+, 5% and those pregnant, 2%. Again, I’d like to re-iterate that this is maximum use to stay in the “safety zone”.
Now that we’ve covered the safety of Rosemary essential oil, along with your essential oil, Rosemary herb is one of the strongest herbs for the liver, gallbladder and colon and has no safety concerns. It’s important to chat a bit about the herb since it works well with the essential oil, internally and externally. For internal use, you can steep 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves in boiling water. Leave to sit for at least 10 minutes. Drink one cup after each meal. Doing this for a period of
I do not encourage internal use of essential oils without proper training in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of essential oils. This includes learning to use the proper dosage, application (depending on diagnosis), duration of time, gathering a case history on client, using oils that are considered “safe” for internal use, knowing the cause (not just symptoms),
Methods of application can include for internal use, capsules filled with honey and suggested amount of essential oil. For Rosemary, 3-4 drops twice a day is sufficient. Anymore can create adverse effects. Eat a proper meal with your dosage. If treating lower bowel issues such as IBS