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Rosemary ct. Verbenone Profile



Essential Oil Data: Rosemary ct. Verbenone

(Rosmarinus officinalis ct. Verbenone)

Family: Lamiaceae

Sourced: Europe, Africa

Distilled from flowering tops, needles

Shelf life 5yrs


Energetic Properties – clarifying and calming, reviving, emboldening, encouraging, soothing and strengthening


Therapeutic Properties – all variants of Rosemary offer strong antioxidant activity.

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), antihypotensive, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, anxiolytic, CNS stimulant, cognition enhancer, elastase inhibitor, gastroprotective, hypotensive, immunostimulant, increases cerebral blood flow, liver supporter/protector, mucolytic, neuroprotective, prevents bone loss, sedative, skin penetration enhancer, vasorelaxant, wound healing,


Chemical Families Profile -

Monoterpenes, Ketones, Esters, Monoterpenols, Oxides


"Rosemary is one of the most fascinating of all essentials oils. It has one of the longest and most distinctive histories of all aromatic plants especially in regards to medicinal use. A major factor in the its historical purpose is in regards to improving memory as well as a symbol of remembrance.
One of the most amazing characteristics in of Rosemary is the sheer variety of chemotypes (i.e. ct. borneol, camphor, 1,8 cineole, pinene, verbenone to name a few), each with unique notes and properties to match. Each year it grows as the focus of study for a myriad of health benefits including neural health and repair, reversing Alzheimer’s, respiratory support, skin benefits, circulatory benefits, insecticidal uses, anti-anxiety and sedative, liver support and repair, antimutagenic, chemo-preventive, antioxidant properties – the list goes on and on.
Each chemotype shares the foundational aroma of Rosemary accompanied by unique traits. When it comes to the aromatic notes in Rosemary Verbenone the gentle influence of the floral notes set it apart from the other variants."
Cathy Hawkins, Chief Aromatherapist, Ambient Essentials


Brain Health

Whether looking to improve current performance in general, recover from a brain injury, or looking for neuroprotective strategies to prevent cognitive decline, medical institutions the world over are increasingly interested in the chemical constituents in Rosemary. And, they are finding that inhaling the essential oil is a safe and effective method.


Respiratory Health

Many of the properties found in Rosemary essentials oils show beneficial activity for the respiratory system through actions such as stimulating the immune system, providing mucolytic, decongestant activity, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activity.


General Health

Antioxidant activity is perhaps the strongest action of Rosemary essential oils.

It helps with integrity of hair follicles, fighting microbes that can cause food poisoning, instigating apoptosis in cancer cells, support liver activity, stimulate circulation resulting in decongestion of muscles, tissues, and the lymphatic system.


Common uses:

- Add one drop in a pot of hot water for a steam (for colds/flu) to help relieve respiratory congestion and respiratory inflammation, pain and swelling, and boost immune response.

- Inhale straight from the bottle, an inhaler, or place one drop on a cotton ball or in a shot glass and inhale deeply and slowly several times to help with mental fatigue, fog, or headache or respiratory issue. Continue for several minutes for heavy respiratory issue. Repeat as needed.

- Add 2 -3 drops to an ounce of carrier oil to rub on stiff or sore achy muscles. Applied in the morning can help you get going easier and in the evening can help with more comfortable sleep. Rub on chest for colds or flu to help ease chest congestion and cough.

- Add a drop or two to a diffuser necklace or patch for immune support or for revitalization.

- Add a few drops to a diffuser and diffuse for 10 – 15 minutes several times a day for sick room.

- Rosemary EOs are wonderful for circulation including cerebral blood flow. Regular inhalation is beneficial. All variants are reputed for antioxidant activity throughout the body and very liver supportive. Topical application in proper dilution can be have multiple benefits.


There are a few safety concerns with using Rosemary essential oil:

First, check with your health care practitioner for before use.

Second, never use undiluted.

Third, never use near or around the face of infants or young children.

Lastly, oils high in Camphor can be a safety concern for person with Epilepsy for topical use in high percentages when used topically or ingested.


Aromatherapy is an amazing and effective addition to Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Here are some more studies on Rosemary EOs:


Ahmad Majd1, Sedigheh Mehrabian1, Parisa Jonoobi1, AzadehModaresi2 Comparative Study of anti-

mutation and anti-carcinogenic properties of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Mill.) during their different developmental stages Iran Journal of Medical Microbiology 2001, 5(3):61-67 https://ijmm.ir/browse.php?a_id=199&sid=1&slc_lang=en


Atsumi, T., & Tonosaki, K. (2007). Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. Psychiatry Research, 150(1), 89-96. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2005.12.012


Beretta, G., Artali, R., Facino, R. M., & Gelmini, F. (2011). An analytical and theoretical approach for the profiling of the antioxidant activity of essential oils: The case of Rosmarinus officinalis L. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 55(5), 1255-1264. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2011.03.026


Bernardes, W. A., Lucarini, R., Tozatti, M. G., & Lúzio, G. (2010). Antibacterial activity of the essential oil from Rosmarinus officinalis and its major components against oral pathogens. Verlag Der Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung, 65(9-10), 588-593. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21138060


Borges, R. S., Keita, H., Ortiz, B. L. S., et al. (2018a). Anti-inflammatory activity of nanoemulsions of essential oil from Rosmarinus officinalis L.: In vitro and in zebrafish studies. Inflammopharmacology, 26(4), 1057-1080. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10787-017-0438-9


Bozin, B., & Mimica-Dukić, N. (2007). Antibacterial and antioxidant properties of rosemary and sage (Rosmarinus officinalis L. and Salvia officinalis L.) essential oils. Planta Medica, 73(09), 7879-7885. http://doi.org/10.1055/s-2007-986945


Diego, M. A., Jones, N. A., Field, T., Hernandez-reif, M., et al. (1998). Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. International Journal of Neuroscience, 96(3-4), 217-224. http://doi.org/10.3109/00207459808986469


Elansary, H. O., Abdelgaleil, S. A. M., Mahmoud, E. A., et al. (2018). Effective antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticancer activities of essential oils of horticultural aromatic crops in northern Egypt. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 18(1), 1-10. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-018-2262-1


Elbahnasawy, A. S., Valeeva, E. R., El-Sayed, E. M., & Rakhimov, I. I. (2019). The impact of thyme and rosemary on prevention of osteoporosis in rats. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6462344/


Fahim, F. A., Esmat, A. Y., Fadel, H. M., & Hassan, K. F. S. (1999). Allied studies on the effect of Rosmarinus officinalis L. on experimental hepatotoxicity and mutagenesis. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 50(6), 413-427. http://doi.org/10.1080/096374899100987


Faria, L. R. D. de, Lima, C. S., Perazzo, F. F., & Carvalho, J. C. T. (2011). Anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activities of the essential oil from Rosmarinus officinalis L. (Lamiaceae). International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research, 7(2), 1-8. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259477312_ANTI-INFLAMMATORY_AND_ANTINOCICEPTIVE_ACTIVITIES_OF_THE_ESSENTIAL_OIL_FROM_ROSMARINUS_OFFICINALIS_L_LAMIACEAE


Fernández, L. F., Palomino, O. M., & Frutos, G. (2014). Effectiveness of Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil as antihypotensive agent in primary hypotensive patients and its influence on health-related quality of life. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 151(1), 509-516. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2013.11.006


Fu, Y., Zu, Y., Chen, L., & Shi, X. (2007a). Antimicrobial activity of clove and rosemary essential oils alone and in combination. Phytotherapy Research, 21, 989-994. https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.2179


Ghasemzadeh Rahbardar M, Hosseinzadeh H. Therapeutic effects of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and its active constituents on nervous system disorders. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2020 Sep;23(9):1100-1112. doi: 10.22038/ijbms.2020.45269.10541. PMID: 32963731; PMCID: PMC7491497.

Horváthová E., Navarova, J., Galova, E., et al. (2014). Assessment of antioxidative, chelating, and DNA-protective effects of selected essential oil components (eugenol, carvacrol, thymol, borneol, eucalyptol) of plants and intact Rosmarinus officinalis oil. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62, 6632-6639. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf501006y


Inoue, K. I., Takano, H., Shiga, A., et al. (2005). Effects of volatile constituents of a rosemary extract on allergic airway inflammation related to house dust mite allergen in mice. International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 16(2), 315-319. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16012768


M R Al-Sereitia, K M Abu-Amerb& P Sena, Pharmacology of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Linn.) and its therapeutic potentials Indian Journal of Experimental Biology Vol. 37, February 1999, pp.124-131


Ozlem Yesil-Celiktas, Canan Sevimli, Erdal Bedir, Fazilet Vardar-SukanInhibitory effects of rosemary extracts, carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid on the growth of various human cancer cell lines Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 2010 Jun;65(2):158-63 (2010) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20449663/


Ojeda-Sana AM, van Baren CM, Elechosa MA, Juarez MA, Moreno S. New insights into antibacterial and antioxidant activities of rosemary essential oils and their main components. Food Control. 2013;31:189–195. doi: 10.1016/ https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0956713512005221?via%3Dihub


Ozarowski M, Mikolajczak PL, Bogacz A, Gryszczynska A, Kujawska M, Jodynis-Liebert J, Piasecka A, Napieczynska H, Szulc M, Kujawski R, Bartkowiak-Wieczorek J, Cichocka J, Bobkiewicz-Kozlowska T, Czerny B, Mrozikiewicz PM. Rosmarinus officinalis L. leaf extract improves memory impairment and affects acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase activities in rat brain. Fitoterapia. 2013 Dec;91:261-271. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2013.09.012. Epub 2013 Sep 27. PMID: 24080468.


Rašković A, Milanović I, Pavlović N, Ćebović T, Vukmirović S, Mikov M. Antioxidant activity of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) essential oil and its hepatoprotective potential. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jul 7;14:225. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-225. PMID: 25002023; PMCID: PMC4227022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227022/#B11

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