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Rosemary Camphor Essential Oil

Salvia rosemarinus ct camphor

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

What Stillpoint "Nose"

Rosemary… the old botanical name was Rosmarinus officinalis and then came the chemotype. The new botanical name is Salvia rosmarinus and then comes the chemotype. We have a few different Rosemarys at Stillpoint.
  • Salvia rosmarinus ct cineole
  • Salvia rosmarinus ct camphor
  • Salvia rosmarinus ct verbenone
All are Rosemarys and have the aroma of rosemary (although there are differences in the aroma), the difference comes into the subtle difference in chemotype. All Rosemarys share similar properties however due to the different chemotypes, one may be better for a situation than another.
  • Salvia rosmarinus ct camphor – has a good amount of camphor which is a ketone. That makes this oil very effective for respiratory issues with a deep cough and thick mucus. It is helpful with muscle spasms of the respiratory system as well as the muscular system.
  • Salvia rosmarinus ct verbenone – has the presence of the chemical component verbenone, though not at great amounts. Verbenone is also a ketone making this Rosemary effective for respiratory issues with deep cough and mucous as well. It is also effective to reduce muscular and respiratory spasms.
  • Salvia Rosmarinus ct cineole - has a good amount of 1,8 cineole which is an oxide. This Rosemary is fresh and very cephalic. Like the others it stimulates circulation and is also effective for respiratory conditions. This Rosemary is great in shampoos and conditioners. This is the one that customers have used to help hair growth. This has also been found to be helpful with cellulite and swelling.

Traditional Use of Rosemary Camphor

Rosemary has been used among the Ancients for thousands and thousands of years. It was known back then for being able to strengthen the memory. It became the emblem of fidelity of love. It was used in magical spells, ceremonies, at weddings, funerals and even churches. A custom that still exists today in Wales, according to my friends, is piece of rosemary is given to mourners to be tossed onto the coffins before the coffin is lowered into the ground.
Back in the day, Rosemary was burned in sick chambers, sometimes burned with Juniper berries to purify the air and prevent infection. It was placed in the dock of courts of justice to prevent infection from the contagion. It was also used in linaments and rubs for muscular and joint conditions. 


Rosemary is a perennial shrub and usually grows to about 3.3 feet but some plants can reach up to 6.6 feet tall.  The leaves are about 0.4 inch and sort of resemble small curved pine needles. They are dark green and shiny above, with a white underside and curled leaf margins. The plant has small bluish flowers and bees love them. The plants are easily grown from cuttings.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Rosemary Camphor

  • Assists when feeling overwhelmed or burdened by the storms of life
  • Helps find the courage to discover and follow your own pilgimage
  • Protects from negative energies and thoughts
  • Purifiying thoughts and the emotional body
  • Remembering what is sacred and good in your life
  • Activates memory of your ancestoral lineage
  • Strengthens against infectious type thoughts that invade the psyche
  • Develops a deep sense of loyalty to self and others
  • Fosters love and the abilty to mother the self 
  • Connects with the love and bravery of Mary (The Divine Mother)

Traditional Folklore

Rosemary was known to be an herb sacred to remembrance as well as friendship. It was also to be said that “Where Rosemary flourished, the woman ruled” It was cultivated and grown freely to be a sign of the dominant influence of the house mistress. So, ladies, go get some rosemary.  The Treasure of Botany states that rosemary will not grow well unless the mistress is master.
The ancients also used rosemary in their religious ceremonies instead of incense and as a Christmas decoration. Rosemary was one of the herbs to flavor beer and wine. 
Roger Hacket, the Doctor of Divinity, claimed that it helps the brain, strengthen the memory, and is very medicinable for the head. It also affects the heart. It is a flower of wisdom, love and loyalty.
A Spanish legend compares the growth of the plant with the height of the Saviour and says that after 33 years it increases in breadth, but never in height.
My favorites are that the Spanish believe it was one of the bushes that gave shelter to the Virgin Mary in her flight to Egypt and when she laid her coat on it, it turned blue. And that the Sicilians believe that young fairies in the form of snakes lie among its branches to safeguard against witches and evil.

Aroma-Chemistry of Rosemary Camphor

The tthree chemotypes of Salvia roamarinarus that we sell are :
  • chemotype cineole - this particualr rosemary has high perscentage of 1,8 cineole, which is an oxide
  • chemotype camphor - this particual rosemary has a high percentage of camphor, which is a ketone
  • chemotype verbenone - this particular rosemary has a small percentage of verbenone
What is often misunderstood regarding chemotypes is that there needs to be a high percentage of the component.  That is not true as in the case of Rosemary ct verbenone.  It is the mere presence of the compnonent that denotes the chemotype.  
An easy way to remember chemotypes is SAME GENUS - SAME SPECIES - DIFFERENT CHEMISTRY
Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Rosemary Camphor

Rosemary ct camphor essential oil is generally a safe essential oil .  However if it becomes oxidized it may cause skin irritation or sensitization. 
There are few safety concerns though.  According to Tisserand and Young, avoid using this chemotype of rosemary with more than 16% with people with epilepsy and keep any type of rosemary away from the face of babies and kids under five. Use with caution with kids between 6 to 10.  There is no evidence that Rosemary has an effect on blood pressure and it is not contraindicated during pregnancy.  However, if you are worried do not use it. 


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