Are you wanting to learn more about rosemary essential oil? Are you looking for some great rosemary essential oil uses and benefits? Here are some things about rosemary that you need to know!

Rosemary Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Rosemary Essential Oil!

Rosemary is a great essential oil to keep on hand!

I personally use rosemary for many things. Once you read this post, you will too! Let’s dive in and see what amazing benefits rosemary oil has!

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the rosemary that I use.

It is Rosmarinus officinalis.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is rosemary and where does it come from?

Rosemary is a common household herb that is used for cooking. It is an herb included in many home herb gardens to add flavor and seasoning to many dishes.

The Rosemary plant has needle-like leaves and blue, purple, pink, or white flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean.

What does rosemary smell like?

Rosemary has a camphoraceous smell. It is a very strong, fresh scent.

Essential Oil History

The name rosemary is derived from the latin word for “dew” and “sea” to make “dew of the sea”.

Rosemary has historically been used as a symbol of remembrance.

The Romans used sprigs of rosemary in the laurels they wore on their heads during ceremonies and special occasions.

Rosemary Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, scent and a few history facts let’s delve right into what rosemary is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits

There are many listed benefits of rosemary!

According to Be Young Total Health’s Total Health Desk Reference, rosemary’s traditional and alternative uses include: hair loss, stress, arthritis, indigestion, cough, headache, eczema, and so much more!

Diffusing Rosemary

I personally Love to diffuse rosemary essential oil! It is a wonderful choice for diffusing. When inhaled rosemary essential oil is said to not only be great for the lungs, but to help with relaxation and clearer thinking.

100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends!

I include rosemary in many of my diffuser recipes that can be found in the 100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends eBook such as Clean Home Deodorizer and Germ Free Zone. The eBook also includes many recipes for cleaning, children, pets, home, etc. that contain rosemary as well. Recipes such as Lung Support, Focus Blend, and Clarity. Adding a few drops of rosemary to your diffuser blend can be so beneficial!

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, rosemary is also good for anxiety, hormone balancing, PMS, menopause, and indecision, just to name a few.

In Dr. Schnaubelt’s book Advanced Aromatherapy, he says that “Expectedly, rosemary supports the digestive system: it stimulates the production of bile.”

Another great essential oil source is Valerie Ann Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. In this book Valerie states that: “Rosemary is both a physical and mental stimulant, which makes it a good oil to have in the morning bath, while also being excellent in the treatment of all muscular conditions, making it the perfect oil for a bath after a long tiring day.”

You can learn more about using essential oils such as rosemary in the bath in my post How to Use Essential Oils in Bath Water.

I personally use rosemary in my Study Buddy Spray. It is excellent for helping increase concentration and memory recall while studying for a test or for kids trying to remember their math homework!

I also use rosemary in my Lice Prevention Spray and Dandruff & Hair Regrowth Blend.

If you would like to make some of these recipes for yourself then be sure to check out the Essential Oil Recipes for Beauty & Body Care Binder! It contains some of these recipes plus so many more that, as an Aromatherapist, I have been asked to create for clients over and over again. Trust me, they will change your life!


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use rosemary.

Rosemary should be used with caution during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It might stimulate menstruation or affect the uterus, causing a miscarriage.

Rosemary also contains a chemical that is very similar to aspirin. This chemical, known as salicylate, may cause a reaction in people who are allergic to aspirin.

Rosemary might increase the risk of bleeding and bruising in people with bleeding disorders. Use cautiously.

Also, rosemary might make seizure disorders worse.

Consult your doctor and use caution when using rosemary if you have high blood pressure or heart conditions.

Rosemary can also react with certain medications. Taking rosemary along with aspirin might increase the effects and side effects of aspirin.

Taking rosemary along with choline magnesium trisalicylate might increase the effects and side effects of choline magnesium trisalicylate.

Using rosemary along with medications that slow clotting might increase the chances of bruisng and bleeding.

And taking salsalate with rosemary might cause too much salicylates in the body.


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality rosemary.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get rosemary, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my business website Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

Also, if you are new to essential oils and would like to learn more about how to use them, be sure to take my FREE Essential Oils for Beginners Course!

I hope you enjoy rosemary as much as I do!

Also please come back after using rosemary and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about rosemary essential oil? Did you experience any results after using rosemary? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

If you are interested in reading more Essential Oil posts, here are the links to help you find them:

1.Why You Should Use Frankincense Essential Oil

2.Why You Should Use Dill Essential Oil

3.Why You Should Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

4.Why You Should Use Turmeric Essential Oil

5.Why You Should Use Geranium Essential Oil

6.Why You Should Use Myrrh Essential Oil

7.Why You Should Use Birch Essential Oil

8.Why You Should Use Cypress Essential Oil

9.Why You Should Use Helichrysum Essential Oil

10.Why You Should Use Clove Essential Oil

11.Why You Should Use Ginger Essential Oil

12. Why You Should Use Nutmeg Essential Oil

13. Why You Should Use Lavender Essential Oil

14. Why You Should Use Peppermint Essential Oil

15. Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil

16. Why You Should Use Lemongrass Essential Oil

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