What are Rosemary Aromatherapy Oils? (with pictures)

Jennifer Brister
Jennifer Brister
Rosemary aromatherapy oil.
Rosemary aromatherapy oil.

Rosemary aromatherapy oils are made by extracting the essential oil from rosemary plants. Generally, the plants are easy to cultivate and can grow to a height of 6 feet (about 1.8 m) or more. The oil is extracted from the plant using a process called steam distillation. Rosemary aromatherapy oils are used as a home remedy for many ailments, including muscle pain and depression. This oil has also been known to increase mental concentration and help alleviate cold and cough symptoms.

The scent of the rosemary plant is highly distinctive. It is said to have a slight medicinal aroma. Rosemary is typically used for cooking, and rosemary aromatherapy oil is often used for its healing properties.

Rosemary aromatherapy oil added to a hot bath may improve circulation.
Rosemary aromatherapy oil added to a hot bath may improve circulation.

Rosemary oil typically has a stimulating effect on the body. Using rosemary aromatherapy oil can help decrease fatigue and increase memorization skills. It can be a good scent to use when the body is tired and in need of refreshment. Rubbing a few drops of the oil into the skin can produce an immediate effect of alertness and increased concentration.

Since the smell of rosemary aromatherapy oils is considered pleasant, the oils are often used in bath and body products. Common products include soaps and shampoos. Rosemary oil is also commonly used in lotions and creams that are used to moisturize the skin.

Rosemary oils can be mixed with other essential oils, such as peppermint and sage. With the proper mixture of these oils, a home remedy for various medical treatments can be made. One use for this particular mixture is to aid in mental clarity and increase energy levels. Once the mixture is made, it can be rubbed directly onto the skin or mixed with a generic body cream.

Another use for rosemary aromatherapy oil is to help increase circulation. To use the oil for this purpose, a few drops can be added to hot bathwater. The skin typically will absorb the oil during the bath and help the body to hold in heat and increase circulation.

Since rosemary oil stimulates the nervous system, it usually is not appropriate for use with people who suffer from epilepsy. Rosemary aromatherapy oils should not be used by pregnant women, as they can induce labor and delivery. Also, the oils should not be used by people with sensitive skin, since the oil is quite strong and highly stimulating. If the mixture is not properly diluted it can greatly irritate the skin and cause itching and redness.

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There are many places where you can buy aromatherapy essential oils, but if you are looking to use essential oils for health benefits, make sure you buy oils that are pure and therapeutic grade.

The aromatherapy oils are not as expensive as the therapeutic grade, but you will find that you have much better results. I can often tell a difference just by smelling them. The pure oils have a very strong, almost potent scent to them, while aromatherapy oils usually have a milder scent.


Rosemary oil does have a very invigorating smell to it and is known to be very good for your hair and scalp. I was having an itchy scalp and looking for a natural solution for it.

While doing some online research, I read that a hot rosemary oil treatment applied to your hair a couple times a week would cleanse your scalp and help with the itching. I put about 5-6 drops of rosemary oil in 1/4 cup of warm olive oil and massaged this in to my hair. I wrapped a towel on my head and left this on for about 15 minutes.

This will also work as a conditioning treatment for your hair, and my hair has never felt so soft after using this. It took a couple of applications before the itching stopped. I try to use this treatment once a month now to keep my hair well conditioned.

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    • Rosemary aromatherapy oil added to a hot bath may improve circulation.
      Rosemary aromatherapy oil added to a hot bath may improve circulation.