October Focus - Rosemary
October is a month that gets pretty intense with the changing of the season and the Halloween decorations gracing lawns with their doom and gore (or is that just my friends?). I prefer sweet, cute decorations like my mum holder that is a goofy, smiling mummy.
However, when frost starts to appear I get a little scared and sad for my herbs in the garden. Some are done, like basil, but rosemary is typically hardy until heavy snows and deep chill take it's beauty away. It is a plant that originated in the Mediterranean, so this is understandable. But for now I am using the plant and the essential oil in so many various ways.
The first is an easy vinegar that is made with white pine needles and fresh rosemary. I will use in vinaigrette for salads and for an herbal fizz that is a toast to keeping me healthy over the coming months.
I've already been using fresh rosemary and fresh thyme (along with a little olive oil and lots of salt!) tossed with small roasting potatoes. What an amazing side!
Lastly, I will be using rosemary essential oil a lot this month and over the winter to assist with muscle tension, headache prevention, germ slaying, and mental clarity.
Rosemary essential oil is a beautiful oil that smells so much like the live plant. It's really unmistakable. Rosemary's aroma is fresh, herbaceous, balsamic, strong but slightly sweet, with notes of camphor or cineole. This plant loves temperate climate. You really should have seen my face when I saw my first rosemary bush (about 3 feet across and 4 feet high) in South Carolina. I may have tried to hug it, just fyi. It was so amazing to see! Especially from the eyes of this Midwest gal that pulls it from her garden every winter and has to plant it fresh every spring.
There are three Rosemarinus officinalis chemotypes that we can easily purchase:
Rosemary ct cineole - high levels of cineole make this a great essential oil for lung clearing and to use in headache blends.
Rosemary ct camphor - high in levels of camphor, this rosemary is one I turn to for muscle tension and joint pain, along with assisting me during colds.
Rosemary ct verbanone - stronger levels of verbanone and lesser amounts of cineole and camphor allow this rosemary to be easier on the skin and supportive for muscle aches and tension, plus a soft mucalytic. This is my fave! (Aromatic's is one sale right now! Click here)
All rosemary chemotypes need to be used with caution with children. It is a stimulating oil and I tend to not use it at night. Also, those with epilepsy or those that are pregnant should avoid it.
Overall, rosemary essential oil has a very nice amount of a-pinene, which can be anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-spasmodic, and anti-bacterial, along with the strengths of the other chemical components listed above.
Here is a spray that I enjoy using at my office or in the car to ward off germs, keep my brain chugging along, and remind me of the summer growing season and the transition of fall. It's subtle but wonderful - giving me a whiff of rosemary.
Rosemary Rev Spray
1 oz distilled water in spray bottle
4-5 drops rosemary ct verbanone
5 drops scots pine
4 drops tangerine
Shake before each use! Label and enjoy!