Rosemary is one of the famous and most used spices and aromatic herbs in the world. There are three main chemotypes of rosemary essential oils used including cineole, verbenone and camphor.
The Latin name Rosmarinus officinalis comes from Latin name ros maris, which means “dew of the sea”. It is refers to the habitual of rosemary growing near the seashore in the Mediterranean region.
|Botanical Latin Name||Rosmarinus officinalis|
|Place of Origin||Mediterranean area|
|Part of plant used||Flower, leave and twigs.|
|Precaution/ Contra-indication||Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitive. Should not be used during pregnancy, and by person suffering epilepsy or high blood pressure. Inhale too much can cause nausea and disorientation.|
“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember.” ~Hamlet
Rosemary is associated with remembrance. Ancient Greek students like to wear rosemary garlands to improve their memory while taking exams. Whereas, a studied done in a remote Italian village, the researchers said that rosemary could be the secret to living to 100. Yes, rosemary herb is recorded not just living longer but it also helps us to free from heart disease and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
A well known legend about “Queen of Hungary water” in the 14th century are related to the rosemary as well, the legend mentioned that the Queen of Hungary drank a dram of this powerful concoction once a week, and washed her face and gout limbs. It cured her gout and other infirmities, and she became so beautiful that although she was 72 years old the King of Poland, on seeing her, proposed marriage!
Besides, rosemary oil is also very common use in preventing dandruff, premature baldness and stimulating hair growth.
Other usage of rosemary essential oil is in respiratory and circulatory disorders, liver congestion, and muscular and rheumatic complaints.
Pickles, K, 2016. Could a Herb be the secret to living to 100? Diet rich in Rosemary linked to Good Health and Long Life Expectancy in Italian Village. Daily Mail.
Battaglia, S. (2002). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (second edition). Brisbane: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy.