Rosemary is a wonderful plant for stimulating circulation and strengthening the body. It's a tonic. I love to bathe in it in the morning to get me going. It's been long known to help with memory and focus. I like to explore the emotional healing properties of plants as well and feel this plant can really help us with being more courageous. For people who are shy, it may help them to be more extroverted.
Everyone has a unique gift to offer the world and you can’t reach your potential unless you are able to stand up and show yourself. If you are hiding out, you cannot share your gifts fully.
Rosemary is helpful for shy people, but it also helps with people who are “stuck in a rut”, helping them get moving. If you are lethargic, it can help increase the flow of lymph. It can help clear sadness as well for anyone going through a grieving process. Grief tends to slow us down and this plant helps get things moving and speed things up.
When you inhale the odor of rosemary, you feel it’s strength right away since it’s such a potent plant. As it increases circulation, you realize how stimulating it can be. You feel energy flowing in a downward motion as you inhale the fragrance. Rosemary is very grounding. As the odor and plant permeates your aura, you can also feel it gives a protective feeling. It was used anciently as incense, most likely to purify space, and it was believed to clear negative spirits or energy. It may be helpful for angry rebellious children, to calm them down and help ground them.
Rosemary also heightens awareness of the intuitive senses. As you inhale you can most definitely feel an effect on the forehead or third eye, where our telepathic center is. You can feel it purify the head and mind. It starts to change the rate at which the third eye is spinning, improving focus, hence it’s well known ability to help with studying and mental endurance. It can also help people desiring to develop clairvoyance and while doing intuitive readings.
I have used it many times with studying for exams and mental endurance, when having to write, do computer work or do accounting for long periods of time. It also connects the chakras (or energy centers) to each other so they are balanced. This helps people project more power when they speak or sing.
It is very, very antimicrobial and as a result is used in many cosmetic products, as it’s believed to help preserve shelf life. You can add some to your cleaning products to enhance their cleansing effect.
It helps the organs to eliminate and purge waste material. It’s great for athlete’s to maintain strength, circulation and may reduce soreness. It's great for massages, but I would blend it with flowers to soften it's potent odor a bit.
I personally don’t use it at all internally. It feels too strong and can irritate the intestinal tract. For internal use I use the water soluble parts of the plant which are much safer – tea or tincture. It is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing when diluted appropriately.
Cautions: is not recommend to use with women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with epilepsy or high blood pressure.
Because it is such a potent and powerful plant I feel it should be blended to use. I never use it alone or neat on the skin, I do not see a purpose or need for that. I use it for massage, inhalation, bathing, foot soaks and mouth rinse – it’s great for the gums. I also feel it kills mold and like to use in the house, adding it to my cleaning products. It’s famous for being a hair tonic. I personally don’t use it for my scalp because I don’t want to smell like it. I think of it as a medicinal odor, use it for therapy but not for personal care or beauty. I like the florals more for personal fragrance and like to smell like a flower so I don’t use it that way. When I use it for massage, I always blend it to mellow the smell a bit, soften it with lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, geranium and/or frankincense since it’s so strong.
Massage – I use it when I feel stagnant, haven’t been exercising and feel sluggish. It’s great for women before or during our monthly period when you may get swelling. I like blending it with lavender, thyme, eucalyptus, peppermint, any citrus, geranium, juniper and sandalwood.
Diffuser – I only use nebulizing diffusers. I blend with lavender, lemon, eucalyptus and trees – pine, spruce, cypress.
Plant family: Mint or Lamiaceae
Genus Species: Rosmarinus Officinalis
Phytochemical constituents: 1,8-cineole, a-pinene, camphor, b-pinene, borne, iso-bornyl acetate, limonene, linalool, 3-octanone, terpineol, verbinol, phenolic acids (rosmarinic acid), diterpenes (carnosol, rosmanol), triterpenes (oleic and ursolic acid)