Essential Oils - Rosemary


To me, the name rosemary sparks thoughts of Simon & Garfunkle’s song Scarborough Fair, which has the repeating lyrics of, “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.” One of the many things this amazing evergreen provides us is aid with concentration and memory. Rosemary’s recollection properties aren’t a new discovery. The ancient Greeks and Romans were said to wear garlands of rosemary on their heads while studying to improve their memory. It is also of great benefit in healing the skin when dealing with cuts and scrapes, scars or new tattoo care.

  • Name of Oil: Rosemary

  • Latin Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

  • Areas of Origin: Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco

  • Historical Use: Greeks and Romans used rosemary in festivals and religious ceremonies as a remind of life and death

  • General Growth, Habitat: An evergreen shrub which can grow to 4-6’ and can spread to 4’ in diameter. The needle-like leaves are gray-green in color and the flowers are small clusters which can range in color from white, purple or blue.

  • Parts Used in Distillation: Leaves, flowers

  • Scent: Herbaceous, woody, balsamic, sweet

  • Uses: Headaches, mental fatigue/concentration, joint/muscular pain, poor circulation, scalp and hair care

  • Emotional Use: Uplifting, stimulating

  • Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid for those with epilepsy or high blood pressure and children under 6 years old.

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add 1-2 drops in a tablespoon of shampoo to discourage hair loss, boost growth and reduce dandruff

  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage into aching joints, muscles or arthritis

  • Add 1-2 drops of the essential oil to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage onto the chest to help relieve congestion and open the sinuses

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.



All About Rosemary Oil. (2017, May 26). New Directions Aromatics. Retrieved from


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