Rosmarinus officinalis camphoriferum
Its stem, that can reach two metres in length, is covered with a greyish bark and divides into opposing branches. Its persistent leaves are longer than they are wide, with slightly rolled edges. Its blue tending towards purple flower spikes blossom from January to May.
Rosemary thrives in sunny scrubland and maquis. Three millennia ago, rosemary was cultivated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for its medicinal properties.
Main aromatic molecules: (1,8-cineole or eucalyptol), monoterpenes, monoterpenones (camphor).
Producing organs: twigs and flowering tops.
Yield: 400 g of essential oil per 100 kg of plants.
Equivalence: 1 ml → 34 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia).
Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.