Rosemary looks like lavender and is related to the mint family, Lameaceae. Rosemary plant consists of leaves which are similar to flat pine needles touched with silver. The shrub is an evergreen and aromatic, and its leaves are added to flavor dishes such as roast lamb, pork, turkey and chicken. Besides the culinary applications, rosemary and rosemary oil has several benefits especially health wise. Rosemary oil has woodsy, citrus-like fragrance which is widely recognized in gardens, kitchens, apothecaries, medicines across the world. Rosemary oil is extracted from the flowering tips of the plant with the help of steam distillation. According to study done on rosemary oil market, this crispy and clean oil is enriched with several healthy properties such as antioxidants, phytonutrients and essential acids. Rosemary oil’s color ranges from being colorless to pale yellow along with strong balsamic aroma. This oil has been widely used back then even by the Romans and Greeks owing to its therapeutic properties, and was commonly used for purification and healing purposes.
Source of Rosemary oil
Even though the oil or the essential oil comes from a solo species of Rosemary, there are several varieties of this herb, based on whether in what conditions or in which region it is grown. Also, this produces slight differences in the aroma of these oils. The variations in an essential oil are termed as Chemotypes. Rosemary oil has three key Chemotypes (CT).
- Rosemary essential oil which is camphor dominant – this comprises of superior concentrations of camphor, which makes the aroma cool, sharp and more camphoraceous. The oil might get irritation to the skin if used undiluted.
- Rosemary essential oil which is Verbenone dominant – this oil is relaxing and pleasing to smell with very little amount of camphor.
- Rosemary essential oil which is Eucalyptol dominant – this oil consists of concentrated amount of eucalyptol, which is very aromatic and also called 1,8 – cineole. This is the most common variant of rosemary oil.
Benefits of using rosemary oil
Rosemary oil is used in various salads as delectable dressing. Rosemary herb has numerous therapeutic benefits in the form of oil. Rosemary oil has been thoroughly studied in depth and has proved to be of utmost use. Presently it is used in several medicinal formulations along with strong potential offerings. Below are some of the health benefits of the rosemary oil.
Relieving stress – Apart from it benefits in aroma therapy, this oil is proven to lessen the cortisol levels, which is one of the hormones that is excreted at the time of the body’s response to stress in the saliva. A 2007 study says that regularly inhaling rosemary and lavender oils for a few minutes considerably decreases the cortisol levels in an individual’s saliva, and thereby alleviating the threat to chronic stress.
Alleviates pain – This oil boosts the potential to relieve pain, and that is why it is vastly used in cases of muscle pains, headaches, and arthritis. Massaging the affected area with rosemary oil alleviates the pain owing to its anti-inflammatory properties and is suggested for sprains and joint pains.
Promotes healthy immune system – the previous mentioned 2007 study has also determined that decreased levesl of cortisol results in the increase of free radical-scavenging activity in people. Antioxidants are essential tool to combat disease and infection.
Respiratory troubles – the fragrance of rosemary oil renders relief from throat congestion and assists in the treatment of colds, sore throats and allergies. It has antiseptic properties which makes the oil beneficial for respiratory infections. Owing to the oil’s antispasmodic effect, certain cases of bronchial asthma is treated.
Indigestion – this oil is widely used for reducing stomach cramps, constipation, relieving flatulence, and bloating. It also regulates appetite.
Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.