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 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.