ROSEMARY antiseptic, decongestant and analgesic

Parts Used:
Leaves.

Function:
Rosemary is used primarily for its strong antiseptic, decongestant and analgesic properties on the body and for its stimulating effect on the mind.

Uses:
* Traditionally rosemary has had a wide and varied application, it was used by the Greeks to burn during religious rites, by the Egyptians as perfume, during the middle ages for exorcisms and to sterilize sick rooms. Rosemary was commonly burnt in France in hospital wards for its antiseptic properties.
* Rosemary is widely used for conditions such as menstrual cramps, cold, flu, sinusitis, catarrh, mental fatigue, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, sore muscles, blood pressure problems and can also be used to improve circulation and digestion.

Guidelines:
* Essential oil of rosemary can be used in carrier oil (3 – 5:100) and massaged on to the affected area for gout, asthma, rheumatism and sore stiff muscles. Rosemary oil can also be massaged onto the body for lethargy.
* Rosemary oil is commonly used as an inhalant for colds, flu, congestion and sinusitis. Use 6 drops in very hot water and inhale the vapors.
* Rosemary oil is also used as a mental stimulant either inhaled directly from the bottle or used in a burner (6 drops). It is commonly known as the student’s friend.

Interactions:
* Do not use inhale rosemary for asthma, use it only with carrier oil and massaged onto the body.
* Do not use rosemary during pregnancy.
* Do not use on or near epileptics or if you have high blood pressure.

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