Rosemary is an herb that is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves. Originally from the Mediterranean coast, it is now produced in Spain and France. Some of the chemical components in rosemary are borneol, camphene and camphor.
Rosemary essential oil has a remarkable effect on the central nervous system. It is an excellent brain stimulant, therefore great for inhaling to assist in achieving mental clarity.
This oil is one that should be a part of every traveler's kit, whether you are flying or driving. Its effects on the foggy and fatigued mind of the weary traveler are amazing. Its sharp quality also lends it to use when respiratory problems occur (common cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, etc). For these conditions, rosemary works best when used in a steam inhalation. Rosemary is a good analgesic to help relieve pain from rheumatism and arthritis, as well as pain from over worked muscles (great in rubs for athletes).
It blends well with Basil, Citronella, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Petitgrain, and Thyme.
Did you Know?
Rosemary was used in ancient Greece to strengthen the memory. Students wore sprigs of the herb when they studied. Rosemary oil was first extracted in about 1330 by Raymundus Lullus. It was one of the two ingredients in the first formulation of Queen Of Hungary water which, according to Wikipedia, was a tonic remedy used to cure many ailments in the 14th century.