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.
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. Rosemary ct. cineole may also stimulate hair growth and reduce dandruff. 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. The goodness doesn’t stop there as exciting new research is being released showing the effectiveness of Rosemary ct. cineole on improving cognitive function and memory. It's refreshing, vibrant aroma gives this oil the capability to be energy boosting as well.
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. 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.