Rosemary Essential Oil - Sacred Soul Holistics
Rosemary Essential Oil - Sacred Soul Holistics
Rosemary Essential Oil - Sacred Soul Holistics
Rosemary Essential Oil - Sacred Soul Holistics
Rosemary Essential Oil - Sacred Soul Holistics
Rosemary Essential Oil - Sacred Soul Holistics

Rosemary Essential Oil

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  • About
  • Uses
  • Energetic & Personality
  • Chemical Composition
  • Why Sacred Soul
  • A Message From The Founders
  • Dilution
  • FAQs
  • Sources
  • Key Information

Learn More About Rosemary Essential Oila sprig of rosemary next to a bottle of rosemary essential oil

Originally native to the Mediterranean, Rosemary now grows happily right across the world. There are 3 main countries that produce Rosemary and each has a different chemotype:

  • Spain - camphor - strong, camphoraceous aroma
  • France - verbenone - gentle aroma
  • Tunisia - 1,8-cineole - fresh aroma like eucalyptus

Ancient Egyptians were fond of Rosemary, as were the Greeks and the Romans. Therapeutically, it has been widely used for centuries in a variety of ways, for a range of purposes.1

Reasons To Use Rosemary Essential Oil

There are several chemotypes of Rosemary, but Holmes states that they shouldn’t be looked at as three different oils with different uses. Rather, think of them with the same therapeutic use but three 'extreme' versions:

Use Rosemary Oil To: How To Use

 

  • Help you to 'switch your brain on' for focus, concentration, clarity, memory enhancement and to fight fatigue2345
  • Due to the stimulating effects, it's also good to use to inspire motivation, optimism and creative thinking6
  • Diffuse
  • Inhale from the bottle, from a couple drops on a tissue or from a DIY inhaler
  • To soothe aching joints and muscles457
  • Dilute with a carrier and apply topically to affected area
  • Dilute with a carrier and add to the bath
  • In hair care it is often used in commercial hair products to stimulate hair growth and reduce dandruff.58 It's also shown some niticidal properties in an in vitro study9
    • We are not making a medicinal claim that Rosemary is a dandruff treatment. Just that people like to use it in conjunction with dandruff treatments as it can be good for the scalp
  • Dilute with your shampoo and use daily for a couple weeks
  • To clear your airways10
  • Diffuse
  • Inhale from the bottle, from a couple drops on a tissue or from a DIY inhaler
  • Add a few drops to a bowl of hot water, place your face over the bowl (make sure it’s not too hot that it burns you) with a towel over your head, close your eyes and enjoy for about 10-15 minutes
  • Digestive ailments5
  • Topical not internal and diluted with a carrier, massage into the stomach area
  • When you have a headache4
    • We’re not making a medicinal claim that Rosemary oil is a treatment for headaches. Just that the cooling feeling of the oil applied topically, is said by many to feel nice and help you to relax, therefore good to use when you have a headache.

 

  • Dilute with a carrier and massage into the temples and/or neck or apply to a compress
  • Perfumery - Rosemary is often used in citrus, pine and oriental fragrances11
 

*refer to safety considerations in the attributes tab before use

Emotional And Energetic Properties Of Rosemary Essential Oil

Ain’t no doubt about it, Rosemary is aggressive!

But, in a good way…

She stimulates, nudges, and harries from every possible direction.

With a stimulant effect she is like a breath of fresh sea air.

One of the most invigorating essential oils there is, Rosemary seems to draw air through the tissues and move energy and Qi throughout the body.

Energised buy Rosemary’s chemistry, we feel more vital, more creative, and more sexually aware. Wherever there is an element of dullness, Rosemary can be of help.

It is also wonderful when people are withdrawing from life because of over expenditure of nervous energy. It is fortifying in cases of sadness, building confidence and resilience.

This, however, leads to a contraindication with use on people who feel nervous or anxious due to the mentally stimulating properties of Rosemary.

In skin care, rosemary brightens the complexion and adding a rosemary essential oil to your hair care routine can help make your locks shiny and glossy.

Like lavender and Basil, Rosemary comes from the Labiatae family. All Labiatae plants are warming and airing in nature, having a drying and tonic effect on the water element of the body.

Usage of Rosemary in plant medicine is incredibly old and arcane. Throughout the ages, man has always drawn on the needle-like leaves to try and affect memory.

Ancient Egyptians would place Rosemary inside their tombs to help the Pharaoh remember his old life during his stay in the underworld. Branches are often burned at funerals, and indeed there are clinical trials investigating Rosemary essential oil (especially used with lavender oil) and its possible effect on memory, recall and concentration.

In Ayurvedic medicine we see it acting on the cold doshas: Kapha and Vata. It tonifies the system, dispersing the heavy, sluggish nature of Kapha dosha, and warming the cold and brittle nature of Vata dosha.

People of Kapha dosha tend to be steady and reliable people but can almost seem plodding and overly predictable with stagnant thought processes. The forceful nature of Rosemary can step in to help.

People of a pitta constitution, with their hot tempers and sharp minds, often find the energy of Rosemary a little too much to bear. (It’s probably one too many alpha personalities in one place for the Pitta type’s liking!)

Psychologically, Rosemary works to the solar plexus, instilling confidence and trust. It also works on the throat chakra, giving us strength and confidence to speak our truth. In the brow chakra, it clears thought processes and helps us to see to the heart of situations.

It makes us astute, incisive, and decisive.

Rosemary works very well on people who have been downtrodden by life and seem to have given in. If someone feels hopeless and despondent then this is a herb to choose.

Rosemary is reminiscent of putting a bamboo cane against a plant in the garden. It’s growing healthy enough, but somehow it lacks strength. Life is simply getting the better of it.

Rosemary, of course, has very strong stems in its own right, and it seems to make people stand more upright and face the world more readily. Perhaps it’s the spiny needles, that they feel protect them.

In the elderly, we see Rosemary used for remembrance but also useful if they are feeling their age (cold, frail, delicate etc). Again, we see the stimulating and fortifying effect from Rosemary oil which for older people, could be helpful.

Clearly, this invigorating and stimulating action means that Rosemary essential oil is not best used close to bedtime.

Chemical Composition

Rosemary has three main chemotypes which have different chemical compositions. What's more, this can further vary depending on the time of year the plants were harvested. The three main chemotypes are below along with the main country and an example chemical constituent ratio. Don't get too hung up on the ratio though, it's just a guide for your reference and it can vary:

  • Camphor - Spain is a well known producer
  • 1,8-cineole - Tunisia is a well known producer
  • Verbenone - France is a well known producer

 

Constituent 1,8-cineole ct Camphor Verbenone ct

a-pinene

9-13%

5-25%

5-25%

borneol

2-5%

2-10%

0.5-8%

β-pinene

5-10%

0.5-8%

1-8%

camphor

7-15%

17-30%

11-15%

bornyl acetate

1-2%

0-2%

2-15%

camphene

3-5%

3-10%

1-5%

1,8-cineole

40-60%

17-25%

0-20%

limonene

1-5%

1-5%

0-10%

Our Commitment to Quality

Every batch of Rosemary oil we receive is tested for purity and quality. Each batch of essential oil can differ, even from the same producer. Because essential oil is extracted from plants, it can be affected by many factors such as the weather, the seasons, and human error... a bit like fine wine.

This is why we carry out batch testing even if the batch is from the same supplier so we can guarantee consistent quality.

The farms we’ve chosen to work with consistently provide incredibly pure, high quality oils. We regularly review our producers with a stringent set of quality guidelines that we’ve developed in partnership with our industry experts and their 20+ years in the industry.

“Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value therapeutically. IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be a third or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.”

About The Cultivation

Our mission is to provide you with the purest essential oils that contain the therapeutic properties you need to support yours and your family’s health.

Sometimes this means the oil is certified organic but acquiring an organic certification can be quite costly to farmers, which means many choose not to obtain it. Oils derived from plants that are organically grown or wildcrafted are still free from man-made chemicals despite not being certified. This means the oils can be of equal or better quality than comparable certified organic products and often at a lower price.

We also source single origin essential oils to help ensure quality and transparency.

How We Package Our Rosemary Oil

Our Rosemary oil is fresh off the still and comes in a 10ML blue glass bottle and is sealed to protect the precious oil within. The bottle also comes with an orifice reducer built in so you can dispense the oil one drop at a time.

During the shipping process, special canisters prolong and protect the quality of the oil from light and temperature during transit from around the globe and we ensure a quick turnaround time from producer to bottle, with minimal shelf time to maintain quality and purity.

We typically recommend storing your oil at or below room temperature in a cool dark place.

The Tests We Run on our Oils To Ensure Quality

All of our oil is constantly tested for purity. The testing provides us with key data about what constituent compounds are in the oils and at what volumes.

Gas Chromatography (GC)

Gas Chromatography (GC) describes the analytical separation technique used to analyze volatile substances in the gas phase. In GC, the components of a sample are dissolved in a solvent and vaporized in order to separate the analytes by distributing the sample between two phases: a stationary phase and a mobile phase. GC provides us key data about what compounds are in oils and how much of each component is present.

Mass Spectrometry (MS)

Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the amount and type of individual molecules present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio. A mass spectrometer has three essential functions: Ion source, Mass analyzer and the Detector. The Ion source is where the sample is ionized. Once the sample is ionized, the mass analyzer sorts and separates the ions according to the mass and charge. Once the ions are separated and sorted then the separation is measured in the detector where a results chart is displayed.

A personal message from our founders

Ultimately we believe that an oil, like the business that stands behind it, should be ethical and be exactly what it says on the tin. That’s why we only use the highest quality Rosemary, with the highest quality extraction methods, and shipped with the highest quality packaging.Kristan Markham Sacred Soul Holistics

It’s also why you won’t see us throwing around buzzwords that don’t mean anything, like “therapeutic grade” or “clinical grade.” When we describe our oils, we mean what we say.

We believe that the more you know about essential oils in general, the more likely you’ll want to become a part of the Sacred Soul community.

If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with our oil, I want to personally invite you to email me and let me know. I’ll be happy to refund your money within the first 90 days of your purchase.

I’m betting my business on the fact that you’ll be blown away by the quality and aroma of our Rosemary essential oil.

Either way, thanks for stopping by our site and checking us out. We hope every interaction you have with us, in person, or online is positive and memorable. Feel free to drop us a note on our contact page if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for us.

Sincerely,

signatures of founders

Dilution Guide:

IMPORTANT:

This guide is a general overview for oils that don't have a more restricted dermal recommendation and are considered safe for topical use with adults age 16+. It also doesn't account for any specific medical issues, medication or skin conditions. You should check with a medical professional or aromatherapist before use. Below are not recommended dosages. Never apply undiluted to the skin.

ALWAYS check the max dermal use for the individual oil/s or blend you plan to use. You should also consider your medical and skin conditions and take the advice of a qualified professional. Serious negative effects such as skin sensitization, irritation, burns and other issues could occur from misusing essential oils and products containing essential oils.

Patch test: For first time use, place a drop of diluted essential oil on a small area of skin such as the inside elbow. After application, be aware of adverse reactions for the first 24-48 hours.

 

essential oil dilution guide

General Use

See below for approximate dilution ratios and usage guidelines. These are NOT recommended dosages and you should always consult with a medical professional or qualified aromatherapist before use.

Always start with a low dilution.

  • 0.5% - 1% = facial, long term daily use or full body application
  • 2% = generally good for regular use
  • 3% = for specific localised concerns
  • 5% = short term specific concerns (max 2 weeks)
  • 10% = acute specific concerns

When measuring in 'drops', just be aware that the only way for true accuracy is to measure your drops using a digital scale because different oils can amount to a slightly different number of drops per ml. The orifice reducer in the bottle is also not a standard size so could differ between brands, which could affect the size of ‘a drop’ and therefore your dilution %. This table is intended as an approximate guide only.

Dilution

%

5ml

(1tsp carrier oil)

10ml

(2tsp carrier oil)

15ml

(3tsp carrier oil)

30ml

(6 tsp carrier oil)

0.5% <1 drop 1 drop 2 drops 4 drops
1% 1 drop 3 drops 4 drops 9 drops
2% 3 drops 6 drops 9 drops 18 drops
3% 4 drops 9 drops 13 drops 27 drops
5% 7 drops 15 drops 22 drops 45 drops
10% 14 drops 30 drops 44 drops 90 drops

*30ml is 1 ounce

Can it be used internally?

As a brand, we have taken the position that essential oils are for external use only and should not be taken internally. We therefore will never state that any essential oil is food grade as this indicates that it is fit for human consumption.

Can it be used in a diffuser/oil burner?

Yes it can! :)

Can you use direct on the skin?

No we never recommend that any essential oil is used direct on the skin. Always dilute with a carrier, even when using in the bath.

Is it antibacterial (or any other medicinal property)?

Due to legal restrictions, we are not allowed to make any medicinal claims about essential oils and their properties, even if there is scientific evidence that supports the claim.

Is it certified organic?

In the additional details section on the product page, you will see the cultivation listed in the attributes. It will state ‘certified organic’ and the program under which certification was obtained if the oil is certified organic.

Sometimes an oil will be derived from plants that have been organically grown but the producer doesn’t have organic certification (organic certification comes with a price that many producers choose not to obtain). This doesn’t mean the oil is of a lower quality and in fact the opposite can be true. The cultivation will state ‘organically grown’ if this is the case.

Wild-crafted/wild-harvested means that the plants have been harvested from the wild rather than a plantation.

Is it therapeutic grade?

Therapeutic grade is a term created to assist with marketing. There isn’t an official industry standard for therapeutic grade so we refuse to use this term.

Can it be used for soap making?

Yes, although consulting with a professional is advised.

Can it help with hair loss?

Rosemary essential oil has been shown to stimulate hair growth. With this in mind, it might be good to use in support of traditional treatments for thinning hair and certain types of alopecia.

Can it be used for massage?

Yes it can but always diluted with a carrier.

Does it smell like eucalyptus?

There are different chemotypes of Rosemary essential oil. One of those chemotypes is 1,8-cineole which is the main constituent in several Eucalyptus essential oils. Although the aroma of Rosemary will be different, in the 1,8-cineole chemotype, you may experience similarities to 1,8-cineole rich eucalypts.

Sources

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Brand

Sacred Soul Holistics

Size

10ml

Botanical Name

Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant Family

Lamiaceae

Plant Part

Flowers, Leaves

Country Of Origin

Tunisia

Extraction Method

Steam Distilled

Cultivation

Conventional, Single Origin

Aroma

Fresh, Herbaceous, Strong, Woody

Notes

Middle-Top

Consistency

Thin

Colour

Clear to pale yellow or a slightly green-y hue

Chemical Family

Esters, Ketones, Monoterpenes, Oxides

Approx Shelf Life

3-4 years

Energy

Rosemary essential oil is known for its stimulating properties, so great to fight mental and physical fatigue, improve focus, concentration, memory and motivation. Tonifies the Qi and strengthens the Shen. Tonic for Yang energy, promoting the flow of Qi and Blood.

Chakras

2nd – Sacral, 4th – Heart, 5th – Throat, 6th – Third Eye

Mind & Emotions

Stimulating & Energising

Blends With

Citrus fragranced top notes such as Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Melissa and Bergamot. Herbaceous heart notes such as Lavender, Clary Sage, Basil and Chamomile. Earthy base notes such as Sandalwood and Vetiver.

GC/MS Testing

Batch Number: 18923
Rosemary Essential Oil GCMS

Comments from the lab:
The analysis of this Rosemary sample meets the expected chemical profile.

Disclaimer

The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by medical practitioners. Neither Sacred Soul Holistics nor its products are intended for the purpose of diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Safety

General:
Store in a cool, dark place away from heat and light and out of the reach of children. For external use only. Do not use undiluted on the skin (or in the bath). Conduct a patch test before topical use. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

Specific:
Not to be used during pregnancy (due to potential risk of camphor content). May be neurotoxic based on camphor content. Not suitable for use for anyone suffering from epilepsy or any kind of psychotic condition.

1,8-cineole ct = Do not apply on or near the face of infants and young children.

Max dermal use:
Camphor chemotype = 16.5% (based on 27.3% camphor)
a-Pinene ct = 22% (based on 20.7% a-pinene)
Verbenone ct = 6.5% (based on 14.9% camphor and 2.9% isopinocamphone which has a 0.24% limit)

Application

Bath, Compress, Diffuse, Inhale, Massage, Topical

Recipes

Invigorating Muscle Rub
1 teaspoon Sea Buckthorn carrier oil (Hippophaes raminoides)
1 tablespoon Tamanu carrier oil (Calophyllum inophyllum)
one drop black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum)
one drop Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
one drop Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum album)

Method of use: use as and when required, especially after exercise, to stimulate muscles.


Remember The Way We Were Diffuser Blend
one drop Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
one drop ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata)
one drop myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)

Dilution Guide

Dilution rates of essential oils are generally at a rate of 1%, 2% or 3% ratio of essential oil to carrier. For facial use it's usually max 0.5%. Some essential oils are even less than this or not to be used topically at all so check the safety of the individual oil before use.