Rosemary essential oil is highly appreciated both in aromatherapy and in phytotherapy (plant-based medicines), in the first case it is considered an antidepressant, as for the other external uses it is the astringent, disinfectant and purifying properties that make it appreciate.
The plant and the production of essential oil
Rosmarinus officinalis is a perennial aromatic plant of the Lamiaceae family. It looks like a shrub that in some cases grows in height, usually reaching a meter and a half but sometimes exceeding two meters, in others it tends to widen instead. The leaves are needle-like (from 2 to 4 cm long and from 2 to 5 mm wide) the flowers are blue. Regarding the color of the flower there is an old popular belief that traces it back to contact with the dress of the Virgin Mary that a long iconographic tradition paints with a blue dress, so much so that the English name of the plant "rosemary" derives from this, i.e. Mary's rose. Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean and the Near East, the fact that the evidence relating to its presence in China is later leads us to hypothesize that it spread from the Mediterranean basin.
We have many testimonies that demonstrate how rosemary was well known among ancient Greeks and Romans, but there are traces that date its use back to more remote antiquity, for example in Egyptian rituals and it is even mentioned in cuneiform tablets dated 5000 years. In Italy, the original habitat of rosemary where it grows spontaneously is the Adriatic coast and the islands, but throughout the territory it is cultivated and grows subspontaneously (a subspontaneous plant is a plant that has escaped cultivation and survives wild). Rosemary essential oil can be obtained from the steam distillation of fresh leaves and twigs but also of the flowering tops as in the case of this product.
Properties of rosemary essential oil
The antimicrobial properties (effective against both bacteria and fungi), tonic and astringent are those most commonly attributed to rosemary essential oil in phytotherapy. The fact that it is an aromatic plant with a smell similar to that of camphor also makes it highly appreciated in aromatherapy, antidepressant properties are attributed to it and it would also be useful against headaches.
Topical use of rosemary essential oil
Adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil in the bathtub allows you to enjoy both the effects of aromatherapy and the toning action useful against rheumatism and muscle pain. In this case it should be remembered as usual that essential oils are diluted well in other oils but not in water, therefore to use it in the bathtub it is preferable to add the drops to some salts and then throw them in the tub. As a remedy for acne by exploiting the astringent and disinfectant capabilities, we will instead add the drops to the face cream. To combat cellulite, rosemary essential oil can be used as a strengthener to add to a specific cream which will then be massaged or added to sweet almond oil. The balsamic properties are also traditionally exploited against respiratory tract diseases through fumigation, in this case bicarbonate can be added to the very hot water as well as a few drops of rosemary essential oil.
In aromatherapy, rosemary essential oil, as we have said, is highly appreciated for its balsamic properties, it would be useful against depression and stress. It is a nervous system stimulant, so if you want to be more focused but also relax, you can combine it with an essential oil that has calming effects, such as lavender. The methods of diffusion are the usual (diffusers for aromatherapy but alternatively the radiator tray may be fine) as well as the normally recommended doses (one drop per square meter of the environment).