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

by Edens Garden May 27, 2016

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

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. 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.

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. 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.


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Edens Garden

May 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

Hi Candace! Our Rosemary oils have an aroma quite similar to the herb. In our opinion, the Mrs. Myers Rosemary cleaner does not have a true-to-rosemary aroma, though it is nice! Therefore, we can’t say that our Rosemary oil is similar to this cleaner’s aroma.

Candace M

May 4, 2020 at 10:03 am

Hi! Quick question… I love the smell of Mrs. Myers Rosemary scented cleaner. I’m curious how close to that smell are either of these Rosemary oils? I would love to diffuse that scent throughout my home. Thanks!

Edens Garden

December 23, 2019 at 10:16 am

Hi Adrienne! Rosemary Moroccan would be preferable for its high 1,8- cineole content. This constituent is said to combat acne.


December 23, 2019 at 9:37 am

Which one is better to mix for acne?

Edens Garden

September 30, 2019 at 9:39 am

Hi Alissa! Rosemary Spanish should be used with caution around children under 12 years old. Rosemary Moroccan should not be used with children under 12 years old. Both Rosemarys can be used with pregnant and breastfeeding women.


September 30, 2019 at 9:34 am

Which of these (or is it neither) is safe to use around kids? What about pregnancy/breastfeeding?

Edens Garden

July 12, 2019 at 9:42 am

Hi Katie! Out of the two Rosemarys that we offer, I would say Rosemary Spanish is closer to the aroma you’re looking for.

Katie Siepierski

July 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

Hello! I have a question in regards to aroma. I am searching for a rosemary EO that has that woody, nutty, almost savory, robust rosemary scent to it like my r.o. plant. From what I understand, I would want something less camphorous in aroma. Could you recommend which smells more like I am searching for? Thank you!

Edens Garden

June 5, 2019 at 9:03 am

Hi AnLouise! We find that both work for these purposes, but Rosemary Spanish is more often used.


June 5, 2019 at 8:30 am

Hello! Which Rosemary would be best for use in hair care products for hair growth and health?

Edens Garden

March 25, 2019 at 10:49 am

Hi Martina! Rosemary ct. cineole has no recommended max dilution and Rosemary ct. camphor has a max topical dilution of 16.5%, whereas Rosemary ct. verbenone has a max topical dilution of 6.5%. Therefore, both Rosemarys we offer are better suited for skincare in this sense. At this time we have no plans of adding this third Rosemary to our collection, but you never know what’s in store at Edens Garden!


March 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

I am interested in the 3rd Rosmary chemotype that is called “Verbenone”, as it contains less camphor and is more suitable for skin care. Will you carry this at some point?

Edens Garden

February 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm

Hi Vanessa! We don’t have reason to believe this is true, and would be happy to review the source of where you’re receiving this info to help clarify.


February 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Hello, Is it true that if someone has high blood pressure rose essential oil should not be used?
Edens Garden

February 18, 2019 at 9:36 am

Hi Nancy! Spanish Rosemary ct. camphor is used in the Cleaning blend.

Nancy R.

February 18, 2019 at 9:18 am

Which Rosemary ct is used in your Cleaning blend?

Edens Garden

January 25, 2019 at 10:00 am

Hi Dawn! Here is an article that explains the answer to your question in detail: http://bit.ly/2DWR6fB


January 25, 2019 at 9:59 am

Can you use this rosemary essential oil in cooking? I have a friend who buys her oils through another company and uses the rosemary and oregano essential oils in her spaghetti sauce. Could you do that with these?

Edens Garden

December 7, 2018 at 9:17 am

Hi Mary! That’s hard to say as aroma is subjective, but in my opinion, Rosemary Spanish has an aroma closer to Rosemary plants that I’ve experienced.

Mary Hill

December 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

Which would smell most like my rosemary plant?

Edens Garden

October 3, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Renee! Diffusing Rosemary is a great way to experience this oil and obtain its benefits.

Edens Garden

October 3, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Melissa! Ask the supplier what chemotype the Rosemary they offer is, or ask to view their Rosemary’s GC/MS report and check what the chemotype is that way. If you would like to try both of our Rosemarys, but only keep one, we offer a 30 day return policy if you are ever unsatisfied with a product.


October 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

Is Spanish Rosemary not usually used in a diffuser?

Melissa Bonds

October 3, 2018 at 9:24 am

I normally use essential oils labeled simply “rosemary” I love that fragrance. How would I know which of the two would compare to the singular “rosemary” essential oils sold by others?

Edens Garden

September 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Hi Awin! Thank you for pointing this out. We’ve edited this article for accuracy. Studies have shown that Rosemary ct. cineole helps with memory retention.