Which Type of Rosemary Should I Buy?

Author: Cure Oils Date: May 20, 2020 Tags: Rosemary, Chemistry, Benefits, Recipes

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Why is there so much confusion about which type of Rosemary to buy?  Let us explain. 

There are 3 main chemotypes of Rosemary.  That’s right, 3 completely different types of Rosemary oil that can be found generally in the marketplace.   They are Rosemary ct. verbenone, Rosemary ct. 1.8 cineole, and Rosemary ct. camphor (ct. = chemotype).

CURE Oils sells Rosemary ct. verbenone. We prefer this gentler oil and its capabilities to the other chemotypes. Rosemary ct. verbenone is the essential oil most people associate with the healing properties of Rosemary, being both skin and hair nourishing. While Rosemary camphor and 1.8 cineole are very stimulating and dilating. These later types of Rosemary have a very different molecular structure, come from a different kind of rosemary plant and have qualities similar to Peppermint and Eucalyptus. They are great when used as a decongestant or for improving circulation.

Rosemary ct. verbenone is well known for being invigorating, refreshing, and uplifting while containing less camphor. The aroma is more herbaceous and is preferred by most people. This chemotype is tolerated better by animals. It is known to relieve chronic rheumatic pain and swelling. The anti-spasmodic properties help heal tired muscles. Ciscatrisant properties help heal wounds. Nourishing components make it a favorite to DIY skincare, hair care and household products.

Recipes Using Rosemary Essential Oil

Shampoo or Overnight Hair Growth Treatment

Add 10-12 drops of Rosemary to a 12 oz shampoo and use daily.  

Add 1-2 drops to a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and massage into scalp before bedtime.  Noticeable hair growth will take months.

Wound Ointment (Diabetic)

  • 1-2 drops Rosemary ct. verbenone
  • 1 t. petroleum jelly

Combine and apply to large wounds twice daily.

Carpet Freshener

Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and seal.  Set aside 24 hours to allow the aromas to permeate the soda.   Sprinkle over carpeting, leave for 10-15 minutes and vacuum.

1 teaspoon
100 drops
1 tablespoon
300 drops