25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 16
Day 16 is here with an essential oil very similar to eucalyptus essential oil.
Rosemary essential oil I am going to discuss today is very similar to eucalyptus essential oil. This is mainly due to the chemotype 1,8-cineole. Essential oils that are high in 1,8-cineole are great for respiratory support. But there are safety concerns with essential oils with this chemotype for kids under the age of 10. This essential oil can be added to your current shampoo to aid in a healthy scalp and hair. Rosemary is a good essential oil to have handy during the cold and flu season to relieve congestion and achy muscles.
Essential Oil Common Name: Rosemary
Latin Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Part of Plant Used: Aerial parts
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Top-middle
Safe for Ages: Safe for ages 10+ due to the 1, 8 cineole content. There are some general guidelines when it comes to children and this essential oil. Use caution when using it on children between ages 5-10 if you plan on using it. Avoid on children under 5. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline.
Safe for Pregnancy: Yes
Safe for Breastfeeding: Yes
Topical Max: There is no topical max for this essential oil, but always dilute before applying it to the skin.
Shelf Life: 4 Years
Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Stimulant
Contraindications: Specific chemotypes have concerns. Rosemary essential oil with the chemotype camphor has some concerns for people with epilepsy and asthma. Use caution if you are using rosemary with chemotype camphor. However, the chemotype camphor is safe for kids under 10. The rosemary essential oil with the 1,8-cineole is safer because of the very low camphor in it. If you are unsure if you should use rosemary essential oil at all, seek guidance from your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or asthma before using rosemary essential oil. If the essential oil you are looking to buy does not state the chemotype, avoid it.
Where to purchase: Rosemary here
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Love and Nature,
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