This or That: What's the Difference Between our Rosemarys?

May 27, 2016

Rosemary essential oils - what's the difference?

When you think of Rosemary, you might remember a warm day in the garden. The aroma of the tender herb, permeated the air as it was gently warmed by the sun. Or, you may think of homemade Rosemary bread- freshly buttered and delectably hot. Well the goodness doesn’t stop there!

As you may have noticed, we offer not one, but two types of Rosemary essential oil. We started offering multiple Rosemarys by popular demand, but for those who aren’t sure what the difference is between the two, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite oils in this week’s, This or That.

A note on chemotypes

Based on the environment, some plants may produce varying natural constituents, creating different uses and therapeutic benefits in the oils they produce. These different plant varieties are called “chemotypes.” The Rosemarys we offer are chemotype cineole, and camphor.

Rosemary Moroccan ct. Cineole

Pronounced sin-ee-ole, this variety of Rosemary is high in, you guessed it, 1,8-cineole. When you see this constituent in an oil’s GC/MS report, you should think “respiratory system.” This is because 1,8-cineole has the ability to reduce inflammation, kill off bacteria and viruses, and open up nasal passages and lungs by breaking down mucus. Beyond that, our Rosemary ct. cineole contains a significant amount pinene (α) which aids in reducing spasmodic coughing and breathing, making this your go to oil for respiratory issues. It's refreshing, vibrant aroma gives this oil the capability to be energy boosting as well.

Rosemary Spanish ct. Camphor

If Rosemary ct. cineole is high in cineole, can you guess what Rosemary ct. camphor is high in? Correct! Essential oils high in camphor are great for relieving muscle aches, increasing circulation and also acting as a breathing aid with different respiratory issues. Thus, Rosemary ct. camphor works wonderfully in sports massages, as it increases circulation, penetrating muscle aches and joint pain. Oils that increase circulation, such as Rosemary ct. camphor, also stimulate hair growth and reduce dandruff. The goodness doesn’t stop there, as exciting new research is being released, showing the effectiveness of Rosemary ct. camphor on improving cognitive function and memory. Don’t just take our word for it. Try Rosemary for yourself, and see why this is one unforgettable oil!

Moss and Oliver, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, (2012), Plasma 1,8-cineole correlates with cognitive performance following exposure to rosemary essential oil aroma.


  • Margaret Granger says...

    thank you for your input .i am learning about oils.using them for my dog.
    thanks again

    On July 01, 2017

  • Amy says...

    Hello, thanks for the great article. Reading the linked research paper, I see that the study’s authors continuously refer to 1,8-cineole levels in their subjects, and make no mention of camphor. They also do not specify the origin or type of rosemary used for the experiment. I’ve seen mentally stimulating effects of multiple types of rosemary, so I’d appreciate it if you could clarify how the research is linked specifically to the camphor type. Thanks again!

    On June 15, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Sandra! We generally recommend a 3% dilution rate for healthy adults. Try 5 drops Cannabis, 10 drops Lavender in 2 Tbsp of carrier oil.

    On May 19, 2017

  • Sandra Wright says...

    I recently purchased Cannabis and Lavender oils from Edens Garden to use for arthritis hand pain. Can you tell me the strength I should use when mixing with a carrier oil or should I use the Lavender as the carrier oil? Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide me.

    On May 19, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Tracey! Try adding a drop or two of Spanish Rosemary to your hairbrush, or making a hair mask of 5-6 drops of Rosemary in 1 oz of carrier oil and rinsing thoroughly. You might read our customer reviews for Spanish Rosemary to see if anyone has used this oil in this way.

    On February 08, 2017

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