Meet the ‘oil of remembrance’ - Rosemary
An adored essential oil of college students and parents alike, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil has three major types; cineole, camphor and verbenone. Each sort has a slightly different aroma as well as their own unique usages.
Aura Cacia carries two chemotypes of rosemary; camphor and verbenone. Rosemary ct. camphor has a camphoraceous, mildly medicinal, herbaceous aroma (simply put, herbal, fresh and green) while rosemary ct. verbenone has a mildly herbaceous and medicinal aroma yet still carries a fresher aroma than its camphor counterpart. Rosemary ct. camphor is more commonly used in massage and hair care, whereas rosemary ct. verbenone is often used during times when mental focus and clarity are needed (who doesn’t need that?)
What does rosemary look like?
Rosemary essential oil is part of the mint family, partner in crime to basil and sage. In plant form, it looks similar to lavender, with slightly silver, flat pine needles. Because of the different chemotypes that rosemary produces, the plants themselves can also vary in size, shape and color of their flowers. Rosemary prefers warmer climates and can grow in a small pot within the home or maybe even found in a large bush in a field. Once distilled into its essential oil form, rosemary takes on a clear form and has a thin viscosity.
Where is rosemary from?
Rosemary comes from the Mediterranean, however, it can also grow well in England, Mexico, the USA and Morocco. All of the rosemary essential oil that Aura Cacia creates currently comes from the beautiful country of Morocco.
Bet you didn’t know…
Here are some neat fun facts for you! Let’s go back in time a little bit...
Historically, rosemary was most commonly known for being made into a head garland to wear while studying by the Greeks.
The Greeks and Romans also used rosemary during weddings to symbolize life and death, further cementing it as a memorable plant.
Rewind back to the Middle Ages, and rosemary was believed to ward off evil spirits and disease – great for filling spaces like dark corners and under beds.
So - how do I use rosemary essential oil?
- Inhale rosemary ct. verbenone while studying, and repeat while taking the corresponding exam.
- Add rosemary ct. camphor to your favorite shampoo to kick your scalp care up a notch.
- Diffuse rosemary ct. verbenone during the winter months for a clearing atmosphere.
- Add rosemary ct. camphor to your favorite unscented cleaner to help wipe away dirt and grime.
- Diffuse rosemary ct. verbenone when the afternoon slump hits.
- Blend: Rosemary essential oil blends well with oregano, basil, lavender and any of the citrus essential oils.
Get your hands on some memorable rosemary to add to your essential oil collection and see how lovely it really is!
Authored by: Aura Cacia