Rosemary (Verbenone) Essential Oil

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Country of Origin:
France (Corsica)
Plant Part:
Whole Herb
Latin Name:
Rosemary officinalis c.t. verbenone
Naturally Grown

About the Oil: A softer and gentler version of Rosemary, this verbenone chemotype essential oil restores the hair and skin, soothes an overworked body, and energizes the mind. Due to its lower camphor and higher verbenone content, our naturally grown Rosemary verbenone is less stimulating and better suited for skin and hair care than our wild Rosemary cineole essential oil.

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An important culinary perennial herb, it grows in shrubs up to six feet high with leathery, needle-like silver-green leaves and small blue flowers. A native species to the Mediterranean, it now has spread throughout Europe, North Africa, various Middle Eastern countries and the states of California and Nevada in the USA.


Rosemarinus officinalis has 3 principal chemotypes: camphor-borneol, 1,8-cineole, and verbe-none.

Due to differences in composition, each chemotype will have maximum efficacy in differing applications. The camphor-borneol chemotype is best suited as a general stimulant and is also suitable for muscular aches and pains. This oil, 1,8-cineole chemotype, is best suited for the respiratory system and aiding in the detoxifying of the liver and kidneys. It has a lower ketone content than the verbenone chemotype and is the more common for use as an anti-microbial ingredient. The verbenone chemotype is best suited for strengthening the liver and gall bladder. Rosemary verbenone is considered the most gentle and non-irritant of the rosemaries, which is why it is included in so many skin care blends.

This Rosemary verbenone possesses much of the same fortifying, uplifting qualities as the 1,8-cineole chemotype but is more gentle, calming, and soothing in nature due to its cool and dry qualities.


Rosemary derives its name from the Latin ros marinus, or 'dew of the sea', which refers to the fact that it grows near coasts.

As one of the oldest, most well known, and strongest aromatic herbs, Rosemary has been used for many purposes such as to drive away evil spirits and repel moths in clothes chests, to fumigate sick rooms, to flavor ale and wine, and to reduce the spreading of fevers. It has also been used to beautify, cleanse and rejuvenate skin.

Rosemary has been held sacred to many ancient cultures: In Egypt it was placed in the tombs of Pharaohs to help them recall their former life, to Greeks and Romans it symbolized loyalty, death and scholarly learning, and it replaced more costly incense in many religious ceremonies. Be-cause it was known to have a stimulating effect on the mind and a useful aid to memory it be-came a symbol of remembrance.

Rosemary's long history includes its infamous use by grave-robbing bandits during the Black Plague; the thieves doused themselves in 'Four Thieves Vinegar' (a mixture including Rosemary leaf, Clove, Lemon and Cinnamon) to protect themselves from infection while going about their 'business'.

Rosemary has been used medicinally in many ancient civilizations as a purifying and protective herb against diseases and illnesses. The oil was first distilled in the 13th century and was thought of as a panacea both medicinally and as a perfume.

Therapeutic Properties


  • strengthens and revives the body systems
  • protects cells against oxidative damage


  • deters hair loss
  • promotes hair growth
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • encourages cell regeneration
  • firms and contracts exposed tissue
  • reduces moisture loss
  • tones and restores venous circulation
  • promotes the healing of tissues


  • encourages sweating
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • lessens headaches due to congestion
  • neutralizes microbes


  • facilitates breathing
  • aids in clearing the sinuses and lungs
  • reduces the production of mucous


  • relieves muscular tension and aching joints
  • relaxes cramping
  • eases discomfort
  • decreases unpleasant sensory experiences


  • promotes urination
  • helps maintain kidney action
  • helps maintain healthy liver function
  • settles digestion
  • increases absorption in the intestines
  • promotes normal peristalsis
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • helps maintain healthy function of the gall bladder
  • neutralizes microbes


  • increases local blood circulation
  • warms extremities
  • stimulates the circulatory system
  • decreases listlessness


  • stimulates adrenal cortex


  • promotes and regulates menstruation
  • increases sexual desire
  • enhances sexual performance


  • improves concentration and memory
  • enlivens
  • reduces nervous fatigue
  • quickens physiological functions
  • strengthens the nervous system
  • helps alleviate stress and nervous tension
  • clears the head
  • relieves intellectual fatigue
  • focuses and clarifies the mind
  • uplifts
  • improves mood


  • Rosemary is one of the most valuable and invigorating essential oils for health. In TCM it is an excellent tonic for the body's yang energy promoting the circulation of Qi and blood.
  • Energetically, the 1,8 cineole and borneol chemotypes are considered warm and dry (more yang), while in contrast, the verbenone chemotype is classified as cool and dry.


  • Psychologically, Rosemary can renew enthusiasm and bolster self confidence. It is associated astrologically with the Sun, our symbol of vitality and individuality, and warms the Spirit and makes it bold. It imparts positivity, confidence and concentration.
  • Rosemary is considered a psychic protector; use it in the morning before exposing oneself to outside influences.
  • It is associated with the 6th Chakra, or Third Eye Chakra and is helpful when clarity of mind is needed.
  • Rosemary is associated chiefly with the Fire Element (Heart), yet also acts on all five Elements as one of nature's GENERAL tonics.


  • direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
  • The aroma of Rosemary oil is warm and stimulating, and is used to strengthen mental awareness. It has a long reputation for helping memory, not only by stimulating the mind but also by increasing blood flow. Although Rosemary is known as a brain booster, the verbenone chemotype is less mentally stimulating and can be used in the evening.
  • Inhale for its psychological and respiratory benefits.


  • massage, compress, bath, ointment, skincare
  • For centuries Rosemary oil has been used for troubled skin and for improving hair growth, perhaps due to its regenerative properties. It can also be an excellent antiseptic.
  • Include in hair and skin care formulas by diluting into a carrier oil such as Rosehip Seed Oil (for regeneration) or Hazelnut Oil (for blemished skin).
  • The warming qualities of Rosemary assist in the temporary alleviation of painful, swollen joints when used in compresses, baths, or in massage blends.
Aromatherapy Details

Rosemary verbenone has a strong pine, Eucalyptus and menthol top note, the middle notes are herbaceous and warm while the undertone is cooler and woody.

The differing chemotypes can be characterized by their aromas: champhor-boreol is strong and very camphoraceous, verbenone is gentle, and 1,8-cineole is fresh and reminiscent of eucalyptus.

Rosemary verbenone blends well with: Basil, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint and Pine.


Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Rosemary verbenone is considered a safe, non-irritant oil for skincare and children over the age of 2.

Avoid during pregnancy or breast feeding or on children younger than 2 years. Not recommended for use by people with high blood pressure, epilepsy, or history of seizures.