Rosemary Cineol CT
“dew of the sea”;
Botanical: Rosmarinus officinalis
Country of origin / distribution Spain, France, Corsica, Italy, Sardinia Yugoslavia, the U.S.S.R., Turkey, the Middle East, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Spain supplies by far the bulk of all rosemary oils, but the quality of Spanish oils varies from the very best to very poor quality.
Part of plant used: Leaves, or flowers leaves & twigs.
Chakra Third eye, Solar plexus, Crown.
Energy: Heating, drying
Aroma /Characteristics: Strong, fresh, woody herbaceous, somewhat minty forest like odour. The high fresh notes vanish quickly, yielding to a clean, woody balsamic body note which tones out in a dry herbaceous, but very pleasant and tenacious, bitter sweet note.
Dosha effect: KV-,P
Description: A shrubby evergreen bush up to 2 meters high with silvery-green, needle- shaped leaves and pale blue flowers.
History/ Herbal: Rosemary has been linked to memory and fidelity since written records began. The ancient Egyptians used it in wedding and funeral rituals, while Banke’s herbal, written in 1525, advises: “smell of it oft, and it shall keep thee youngly”. The most famous literary reference comes in Hamlet when Ophelia declares: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.” It is used in modern-day herbal medicine as a mild painkiller and for migraines and digestive problems.
Extraction: Steam distillation
Camphor ct. alpha-pinene 22%, camphor 17%, 1-8-cineol 17%, verbonone 4%, borneol 2%, bornyl acetate 1.5%, terpinen-4-ol 1.5%, alpha-terpineol 1.5%
Cineol ct. 1-8-cineol51.3%, camphor 10.6%, alpha-pinene10%, borneol7.7%, alpha-terpineol 3.9% , terpinen-4-ol 1%, bornyl acetate 0.8%, alpha-humulene 0.7%, verbonone 0.05%
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrisiant, cordial, cytophylactic, cholesterol reducer, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, fungicidal, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, parasiticide, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant, sudorific, tonic.
Safety/ contraindications Avoid in pregnancy, epilepsy, and high blood pressure. You will see this time and time again, but is there any truth to this. Please see end of the monograph for discussion. Some believe will antidote homeopathic remedies.
Cardiovascular: Arteriosclerosis, Cardio vascular tonic, Increases cerebral and peripheral circulation, Varicose veins.
Digestive; Colitis, Constipation, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Liver stimulant,
Genito – urinary Cellulite, Diuretic, Fluid retention, Gout, Induces menstruation, Painful periods,
Immune: Colds, Flu, Infections.
Muscular/ Skeletal: Arthritis, Cramps, Gout, Neuralgia, Pain, Rubefacient, Sciatica, Tones muscles, Tendinitis.
Respiratory: Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Infections, Mucolytic, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis
Skin: Acne, Congestion, Cuts, Dermatitis, Hair growth, Puffy, Promotes circulation, Oily, Oedema, Saggy skin, seborrhoea,
Uses: Mind: Headaches, migraine, feeling lethargic, unmotivated,
Nervous: Debility, Physical exhaustion, Lethargy, Mental fatigue, stimulates Central nervous system.
SHAKESPEARE and the ancient Egyptians were right: rosemary can improve your memory, researchers have shown. In a series of experiments, essential oil from the herb increased alertness and enhanced long-term memory by around 15 per cent.
The same tests also showed that lavender – used by many people as a sedative and relaxant – slows down the brain and impairs some types of memory.
A team of psychologists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, tested the effects of essential oils from rosemary and lavender on memory, attention and mood.
Dr Mark Moss, who presented the findings at the British Psychology Society conference in Blackpool, said: “It is ingrained in the human psyche that plants and aromas have benefits. The benefit of aromas has been left to alternative practitioners and nobody has spent a great deal of time scientifically assessing their effects.”
The researchers divided 132 volunteers into three groups. Each volunteer was asked to sit in a booth and carry out a standard series of memory and attention tests. Two groups sat in booths sprayed with lavender or rosemary oil, while the third control group sat in a booth with no fragrance.
In one of the tests, the volunteers were asked to memorize a list of 15 words, then recall them immediately and after 30 minutes. They were also asked to comment on their mood before and after the tests. The volunteers were kept in the dark about the reason for the experiment and were told that it was designed to explore how the tests affected the mood. Lavender slowed reaction reduced the volunteers’ attention and impaired their working memory – the part of the brain that puts facts “on hold” before storing them in long-term memory. Rosemary enhanced the long-term memory by around 15 per cent but had no effect on working memory.
“Lavender seems to have a consistent sedative effect,” said Dr Moss. “Rosemary’s effect was only in the long-term memory.” Rosemary made the volunteers more alert, while both herbs increased feelings of contentment. “Aromas do effect people through pharmacological mechanisms, and they do definitely,” said Dr Moss. “Volatile molecules from essential oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the nose. The chemicals also stimulate the olfactory nerve in the nose directly, which could have effects on brain functioning,” he said.
There was some evidence that rosemary made people “jittery” and so did not increase their reaction times. “What is interesting is the possibility of using Rosemary over a long period to maintain cognitive performance.