My Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil


Rosemary is certainly one of my favorite oils. Before I tell you my uses, let me tell you a bit about Rosemary herb and essential oil. 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)

There are different chemotypes of Rosemary essential oil. The chemotype of the oil is determined by the components within an oil and for Rosemary, the major chemotypes are 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. And although we review an oil for it’s major components, it’s the overall chemistry of any oil that makes it therapeutically effective.

With the exception of Rosemary Rosmarinus officianlis ct. 1,8-cineole, the standard dilution rates for Rosemary apply which is 9 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil or unscented lotion. The standard dilution rate for Rosemary is as follows:

Up to 3 months, no oils should be used; 3-24 mnths. 0.5%; 2-6 yrs. 2%; 6-15 yrs. 3%, 15+ is 5% and for those that are pregnant, 2%. This would be maximum dilution rates. When blending, start at a lower rate to find the threshold that best suites your needs. This especially applies to children and the eldery. Their skin is very 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 2