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.