Rosemary ct. verbenone
Plant Origin: Corsica
Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Cultivation: unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Aroma: Fresh, camphoraceous, herbaceous
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis
alpha pinene 14.82%
bornyl acetate 9.27%
Children? Not suitable for children under 2.
Rosemary officinalis Chemotypes
- 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 over the age of 2.
- 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.
Properties and Usage
Rosemary ct. verbenone essential oil is known to be antitumoral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, protects the liver and enhances mental clarity and concentration. It is traditionally used to strenghten the liver and gall bladder. Of the Rosemary chemotypes, ct. verbenone is considered the most gentle non-irritant essence and is excellent for skin care preparations.
Rosemary is used to protect against infectious disease, liver conditions, hepatitis, throat and lung infections, hair loss and impaired memory such as with Alzheimer's.
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops in water may help with digestion.
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply as desired. Tisserand suggests 6.5% dermal maximum for a whole body massage.
Inhalation: Directly inhale; diffuse
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.
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 been shampooing with a drop of Rosemary added for several months now and my hair is much thicker. - Mary Lou
AROMATHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
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
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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 eye. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eye and skin. Essential oils are hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Wiping with carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eye. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.
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 103-104.
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.