Pure-lé Natural®
Oil of Rosemary

Benefits

Oil of Rosemary can be used to improve health internally, externally and through aromatherapy, effectively supporting the body’s immune, digestive and respiratory systems. This common culinary spice contains a widely diverse number of constituents. It is this large variety of compounds that account for its multitude of medicinal benefits including analgesic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, fungicidal, candidicide, nervine and parasiticide.

This unique powerhouse combination enables rosemary to be a virtual medicine chest on its own:

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Liver supporting
  • Anti-cancerous
  • Pain relieving
  • Memory enhancing agent
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Fungicidal
  • Candidicide
  • Nervine
  • Parasiticide

 

Our Oil of Rosemary Quality

Certification: Pure-l? Natural Holistically Standardized Oil of Rosemary is certified vegan, vegetarian, Kosher and Pareve by the Kashruth Council of Canada.

Why KOSHER Matters:

Kosher is a quality standard created by Jewish law, but it means much more than that. Kosher is your assurance of proper record keeping, batch lots and product identification. Kosher means that we have safeguards that prevent contamination of products. Most importantly it is your assurance of cleanliness at all stages of processing, manufacturing and packaging. The word “Pareve” means that the product is verified 100% vegetarian and contains no meat, dairy, insect products or by-products. We are very proud to be Kosher.

Ingredients: Holistically Standardized Oil of Rosemary is a unique combination of true Mediterranean Rosemary Essential Oil, extra virgin olive oil, and natural vitamin E.

 

Nutritional Composition

Rosmarinus officinalis, the scientific name for the plant known as Rosemary and Polar Plant, is one of nature’s greatest gifts. It has been both food and healer since ancient Greek and Roman times. Rosemary, a complex botanical, contains over 240 medicinally and nutritionally active compounds. Of these compounds, carnosol, carnosic acid, rosmarin, and diosmin are of particular interest to medical researchers. Carnosic acid, a diterpene known to be found in only two plants, is one of rosemary’s extremely potent antioxidant, anticancer and antimutagenic agents. Rosemary’s medicinal compounds act as healing and health-promoting agents and, in combination, are exceptionally strong.

Multiple trials have established rosemary’s ability to kill numerous harmful and potentially deadly organisms including Candida, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. Coli, and Aspergillus bacteria.

Rosemary is used as a preservative in the food industry because of its ability to safely kill a wide range of bacteria.

Rosemary owes its host of medicinal properties to its volatile oil. It is this oil that we carefully combine with extra virgin olive oil and natural Vitamin E to create our Holistically Standardized Oil of Rosemary. Unlike the pure volatile essential oil, Oil of Rosemary is safe and efficacious internally, externally and in aromatherapy.

 

From History to Modern Studies

Native to Mediterranean regions and now growing virtually worldwide, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has been used for thousands of years as a fragrant, warming spice in cooking and baking.

Medicinally it has a highly deserved reputation as a potent natural internal, external and aromatherapy remedy.

For thousands of years rosemary has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments including asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, cancer, chills, colds, cough, dandruff, fever, hoarseness, headaches, hysteria, influenza, insomnia, infections, nervous tension, neuralgia, pain, poor memory, rheumatism and sprains.1

Rosemary is one of the most potent known antioxidants. This antioxidant action is so powerful that the US government has issued several patents for the use of rosemary isolates as commercial antioxidants.

Internally, rosemary is effective for numerous conditions including indigestion, colitis, constipation, liver disorders, stress, nervous disorders, depression, and menstrual cramps.

As a potent antioxidant, rosemary prevents free-radical damage, protects cells from deterioration and aids in the prevention of cancer. Rosemary is in fact a stronger antioxidant than Vitamin E. Researchers at Rutgers University have performed multiple trials on the anticancer activity of rosemary oil. They found that “… rosemary has proven to be a strong inhibitor of the development and growth of cancerous tumors.” Their studies discovered that animals whose diets included rosemary oil had about half the incidence of colon cancer or lung cancer compared to those not fed rosemary oil. “Given orally or used topically, (rosemary oil) has consistently reduced the incidence of cancer by about half”. Research into rosemary’s benefits verifies this herb’s antimicrobial action. Investigations also determined rosemary is helpful with digestion, respiratory and immune system problems. Unlike other antibacterial products, rosemary may be used without the fear of creating “super bugs” resistant to antibiotics.

Rosemary oil can be utilized as a healthy heart tonic. It contains the flavonoid diosmin, which is helpful for building cardiovascular strength, strengthening fragile blood vessels and acting as a circulatory stimulant. By helping to normalize low blood pressure, rosemary assists the heart and combats hardening of the arteries. It also acts to keep blood vessels dilated, which can prevent some common types of headaches, namely those caused by blood vessel constriction or stress. Rosemary is listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a specific for “depressive states with general debility and indications of cardiovascular weakness”.

Externally, rosemary is effective in dealing with a wide-range of conditions including rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain, sprains and strains, cold extremities, and hair loss. Rosemary is also valued as a powerful pain reliever – especially when treating arthritis, rheumatism, headaches and migraines. It helps to alleviate the pain associated with sprains, muscle aches, inflammations and insect bites. Additionally, this herb’s powerful antimicrobial properties assist in preventing infections and in treating skin conditions such as athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, shingles, and neuralgia. Researchers have found that applying rosemary oil to the skin can reduce the risk of some cancers by almost half.

Rosemary is a key ingredient to the cosmetic industry. It’s invigorating scent coupled with beneficial skin and hair care properties are vital to the success of many products. A benefit to all skin and hair types, rosemary oil is particularly effective at treating oily skin and oily hair, helping to restore proper balance and oil levels. An excellent skin softening agent, rosemary oil also helps to condition and detangle hard to manage hair. Rosemary is a scalp and hair growth stimulant, able to help reverse the effects of alopecia (premature hair loss), thicken thinning hair, and to nourish the scalp thus helping to treat dandruff.

Rosemary increases warmth and stimulates blood circulation when applied externally. This property helps relieve cold feet, tired legs, weak limbs, sore muscles, arthritis, rheumatic pain and gout. Acting through the skin as a detoxifying agent, rosemary helps to rid the body of harmful toxins and aid in the treatment of cellulite.

Rosemary chest rubs, and inhalations have traditionally been used to clear phlegm from the head and chest. Simply adding the oil to bath water has been effective in helping to reduce congestion. Rosemary has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient Romans and Greeks wore rosemary wreaths on their heads when studying to increase their memory abilities. This use is still perpetuated today where rosemary is burned in Greek students’ homes while studying. Rosemary appears to be particularly effective for recollection of information like names and numbers. Researchers have succeeded in clinically proving this property. They discovered that after a rosemary aromatherapy session participants were more alert, had lower anxiety and performed math computations much faster.

Clinical reports have also confirmed that aromatherapy treatments with rosemary can act as an effective treatment for chronic pain. Rosemary is uplifting and energizing. It is commonly used in aromatherapy as a brain stimulant, antidepressant, energizer, nerve tonic and to combat fatigue.

*All references below

 

Directions

Oil of Rosemary can be used internally and externally as a versatile healer and nutritional provider. You can even use it in your favorite foods, sauces and soups. Oil of Rosemary is ideal for pastas, salad, pizza, bruschetta, and other recipes where it’s fragile constituents are not compromised with high cooking heats.

Internal: Take 1-2 drops under the tongue. Hold under the tongue for 5 – 10 seconds. Swallow while drinking water or a cold (non-carbonated) beverage. Alternatively, place the drops in an empty capsule and swallow. Whichever method you choose, consume 2 to 4 times daily.

External: Before use, warm the oil to body temperature by rubbing the closed bottle between your hands or dipping it in lukewarm water. Apply the oil liberally to the affected area and massage in. Be sure to treat the region adjacent to the area as healing is occurring here, too. This treatment should be applied once or twice a day, as required.

Aromatherapy: Use 3-5 drops in a diffuser according to the diffuser’s instructions. You can also place 3-5 drops on a clean cotton ball and place the ball on a saucer in the room.

Foods: Simply substitute 1 drop of Oil of Rosemary in place of each tablespoon of rosemary called for in a recipe.

Warnings: Do not use this product in the eyes, and avoid contact with genital regions. If a rash or irritation occurs, discontinue use. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult your physician before using this product. Avoid using Oil of Rosemary if you suffer from epilepsy. Keep out of the reach of children.

 

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