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Rosemary ct. verbenone
Rosemary ct. verbenone
Rosemary ct. verbenone
Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant Origin: Corsica
Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Cultivation: Grown using organic methods
Aroma: Fresh, camphoraceous, herbaceous
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis Lot# RMYV-102
alpha pinene 21.03%
1,8 cineole 21.01%
camphor 11.31
verbenone 8.47%
Rosemary officinalis Chemotypes
- Rosemary ct verbenone is considered the most gentle non-irritant and is excellent for skin care preparations. Rosemary ct verbenone is high in ketones with significant monoterpenes (a-pinene). It is noted to be an expectorant, anti-spasmodic and antibacterial. It is especially effective for thick mucus and is used for sinus infections and skin issues. Purchon/Cantele note that it is “hormone-balancing and regulates the endocrine system. It regulates the hypothalamus and is calming and lifts depression.” Of the two chemotypes, ct verbenone is considered more gentle and suitable to use with children.

- Rosemary ct 1,8 cineole is high in oxides. It's noted to be mucolytic, expectorant, antispasmodic, fungicidal, antibacterial and antiviral. It is traditionally used for lung congestion, to increase cerebral blood flow and to decrease chronic inflammation.
Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Epilepsy? Limit 5 drops orally // Limit to 6.5% dilution topically
Therapeutic Uses
Rosemary ct verbenone essential oil blend may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Athlete’s foot 
Bacteria, infections 
Blood pressure 
Brain fog 
Digestion, colitis, cramps, gas, spasms 
Glandular support 
Hair, dandruff, loss, oily 
Head lice 
Heart tonic 
Hormone balance 
Hypo-thymus, regulate 
Infection, infectious disease 
Insect deterrent  
Liver tonic 
Mental, clarity, fatigue  
Menstrual pain
Muscular pain 
Mucus, expectorant 
Nervous system support 
Respiratory ailments  
Scar tissue 
Skin care, infection 
Throat, tonsils 
Whooping cough

Aromatheraphy Literature Notes
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops orally may help with digestion.

Rosemary Boosts Brain Power! by Robert Tisserand

Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75% by Robert Tisserand


by Lane Simonian History Instructor Western Nevada College

In the eighteenth century, John Hill wrote in the Family Herbal: "Sage will retard the rapid progress of decay that treads upon our heels so fast in latter years of life, will preserve faculty and memory more valuable to the rational mind than life itself."

Hill's comment reveals two somewhat remarkable facts: though Alzheimer's disease wasn't "discovered" until the early twentieth century, knowledge of dementia has existed for a very long time and secondly through centuries of observations Europeans (and others) knew that aromatic plants were useful in treating dementia.

Now scientific knowledge and historical observations have begun to merge, as we come to understand the chemical processes by which the essential oils used in aromatherapy help combat dementia. Specifically, essential oils prevent and partially reverse the damage done to memory by oxidants, most notably by peroxynitrites.

Peroxynitrites are the chief cause of memory impairment in Alzheimer's disease, as they prevent the formation of acetycholine, the main compound involved in memory retrieval. The chemicals in essential oils convert peroxynitrites into nitrogen dioxide and water. They also add hydrogen back to choline transport systems, muscarinic receptors (involved in the uptake of choline), and choline acetytransferases (the enzyme that puts acetylcholine together), thus increasing the production of acetylcholine and thereby partially reversing memory deficits.

Case studies of improvement in language skills, awareness, alertness, and short-term memory in Alzheimer's patients using aromatherapy are now being bolstered by a series of small-scale clinical trials. To quote from one of these trials: "In conclusion, we found aromatherapy an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for dementia. Aromatherapy may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in AD patients" (Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer's disease). In this trial, the essential oils used were ROSEMARY, LAVENDER, ORANGE and LEMON.

A review of clinical trials involving sage and lemon balm similarly concluded: "These herbal treatments may well provide effective and well-tolerated treatments for dementia, either alone, in combination, or as an adjunct to conventional treatments" (The psychopharmacology of European herbs with cognition- enhancing properties).

Historical observations, case studies, and clinical trials indicate that the chemicals contained in essential oils are surprisingly effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Perhaps, modern medicine despite its emphasis on expensive synthetic drugs with harmful side effects will one day come to the same conclusion that John Hill did more than two hundred years ago. Generation4boomers.com

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)

Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. Tisserand/Young suggest 6.5% topical maximum for a whole body massage.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Rosemary ct verbenone is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate.  Tisserand suggests that the daily adult oral maximum should be 192mg (about 6 drops). We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much.Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.  Click here for information about internal usage.

The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 

1. I used the Rosemary ct. verbenone for the 2nd day in a diffuser in my Mom's room and what a change. My Mom has dementia and didn't know her room or my name. Praise God! I asked her today who I was, and she said, "Of course, you're Rita, and my daughter." You have no idea how happy that made me feel. She is more alert, but seems anxious, so I am adding Peaceful to my order. Thank you so much :) - Rita

2. I have struggled on and off for years with nausea. I recently discovered taking a few "whiffs," from the bottle of Rosemary ct verbenone brings instant relief. It just sweeps it away! Nothing else I have tried has ever helped as quickly. I love the smell! It is fresh, uplifting and invigorating but not over powering as the herb can be. When applied to the wrists and temples, it also eases migraine headaches.  - Emily

3. I have been shampooing with a drop of Rosemary added for several months now and my hair is much thicker. - Mary Lou

Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Rosemary
Hair Renew
Migraine Relief
Mom's Remedy
Plague Defense
Plague Defense Spray
Regeneration for Bones and Joints
Wrinkle Ease


Rosemary is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It is not recommended by some aromatherapists (Patricia Davis, Fischer-Rizzi, Lawless) for use during pregnancy or for those with epilepsy, although Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD in chemistry and founder and scientific directory of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy wrote that some of the oils designated as "forbidden use" are among the most therapeutically useful, and "even the safety of essential oils during pregnancy discussion seems to abate due to the stubborn absence of reports of any adverse effects." Schnaubelt goes on to say that "the much-feared potential of Rosemary oil to induce seizures has so far failed to throw all of Britain into a collective state of epilepsy."

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 240-214.
Mailhebiau P. Portraits in Oils. The C.W. Daniel Company Limited, Great Britain, 1995.
Purchon, Nerys, Cantele, Lora, The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Handbook for Everyday Wellness, 2014, Robert Rose, pages 103-105.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2111, page 76.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 407-409.