An evergreen flowering shrub which can grow to a height of 6 feet (1.8 m). The leaves are leathery and needle-like, dark on the outside and pale underneath. The bluish, two-lipped flowers look rather like tiny irises. Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean, but is cultivated worldwide. Most of the oil is produced in Morocco, France and Spain.
Steam distillation of the flowering tops. Inferior grade oils are distilled from the whole plant.
Nature of the Oil
A colourless to pale yellow liquid. The aroma is slightly camphoraceous with a woody-balsamic undertone. Lower quality oils are highly camphoraceous and somewhat harsh. The odour effect is refreshing and head-clearing, and yet warming and invigorating; a reputed aphrodisiac.
Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis), native to the Mediterranean region, an herb with a pungent, bitterish taste has been used since early times as a flavoring for fish and sauces. In medieval times a posset made from hot, curdled milk and ale, honey and rosemary was considered a great comforter for the heart and a nerve tonic.
General Herb Information *Note: Rosemary French Pure Essential Oil is not to be taken internally.
Rosemary - (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Propagation: By seed, slow to germinate, 3 weeks or more; by cuttings; by roots, quite easily in sand or water; by layering.
Nature of Plant: A piny looking bush, slow growing year after year but will reach 4 or 5 feet in height; leaves very narrow, dark green above, gray beneath; flowers commonly pale blue, but a deep blue variety has flowers like tiny orchids, in axillary racemes; odor of leaves spicy, pungently aromatic and taste is warm and piny; roots are tender and must not freeze.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 3 feet.
Cultural Requirements: Light, warm, dry, limy, well-drained soil; needs extra lime or chalk dug into soil several times a season; should be placed in full sun in a sheltered spot; in cool climates the plants must be brought in for the winter or placed in a pit or cellar.
Leafy Top: (Industrial) Ingredient of Hungarian (and other) toilet waters, tooth wash, hair preparation, soap, perfume, liniment, ointment and vermouth; (Health) tea for support of nervous headaches, smoked for asthma, throat or lung affections; (Culinary) garnish, iced beverage, pickle; (Household) in moth mixtures, burned with juniper berries as disinfectant.
Leaf: (Culinary) In jam, sweet sauces, veal stew, soup, peas, sprinkled over pork and beef roasts, added to deep fat for frying potatoes, chopped fine in baking powder biscuits.
Flowers: (Health) For spasms, in rubefacient liniment, an emmenagogue.
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All pure essential oils should be used with care. Do not apply directly into skin. A 2% dilution of essential oils to a base of carrier oil or lotion is recommended for all skincare and massage preparations.
Apply the essential oil, mixed with almond oil as a carrier, to the joints twice daily.
100% Pure Rosemary Essential Oil (France Verbenone)
Avoid during pregnancy. There is a remote chance that the oil may trigger an epileptic attack in prone subjects. Rosemary essence may irritate sensitive skin, so use in low to medium concentrations.
USAGE: Add 1-3 drops of Bianca Rosa® essential oil to every 5 mL (1 tsp.) of carrier oil for massage or skin care needs. Add 5-15 drops (depending on strength desired) to bath water. Add a few drops of oil to a water-filled spray bottle to create a refreshing room spray, or add to diffusers to create warm room scent. CAUTIONS: Always do a test patch when applying oils to the skin (particularly citrus oils) to determine if itching, soreness, or redness develop. Store away from heat and light. Keep away from eyes, nose, and mouth. Bianca Rosa® essential oils are for EXTERNAL USE ONLY.
Rosemary is generally thought of as inexpensive and plentiful, but such is not the case. Rather it is inexpensive and plentiful because it is one of the most adulterated essential oils on the market. Real Rosemary is moderate to expensive depending on country of origin; Spanish being moderate and French being expensive with producers in other parts of the world somewhere in-between. The so-called Moroccan is the least expensive, most plentiful and most often resembles adulterated Rosemary.
There are two basic reasons authentic Rosemary is costly:
1. Much of it is a wildcrafted herb making harvest more labor intensive.
2. The yield of oil from plant material is only 0.35% to 0.85%. In other words, about 1/2 pounds of oil for 100 pounds of plant material.
The percentages of constituents found in Rosemary essential oil vary over a wide range depending on the usual environmental but more specifically country of origin. Spanish, Moroccan, French, and Tunisian represent four basic variations in percentages of constituents. Chemotypes are cineol, camphor and verbenone. They all share the same constituents even if just trace amounts. The Rosemary (CT) verbenone is thought to be the highest quality Rosemary but any real Rosemary with less than 25% 1,8-cineol should have at least 0.5%-5% verbenone content. Verbenone is a ketone found in Rosemary from 0.5 to 15%. It is one of the important indicator of true Rosemary.
True Rosemary with a high verbenone content is usually used as a starting material to which other oils, isolates and "nature identical" synthetics are added. To this date verbenone is not produced on any scale by a fragrance chemical manufacturer, which makes it less likely that it would be used to adulterate Rosemary. Constituents in Rosemary such as alpha pinene, myrcene, cineol, and camphor can be added as isolates from other essential oils or fragrance materials, so the percentages of those compounds can not be used as markers of authenticity. Besides, their percentages vary over a fairly wide range even in real Rosemary due to botanical variations, growing environment and production variations. Rosemary with over 40% cineol could indicate adulteration with Eucalyptus.
Essential Oils by Bianca Rosa are 100% Pure Natural Essences derived from the highest quality fruits, flowers, leaves, spices, herbs and roots. Our essential oil distifiers and growers are located around the world, operating ethically, organically and chemical-free.
Bianca Rosa Essential Oils Are Not Tested On Animals.
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