In my aromatherapy class last summer we started each class by studying the scent of a different essential oil. We’d take a minute just breathing in an oil with our eyes closed, and then we’d write down adjectives for the scent, how it made us feel emotionally and where we felt it physically.
It was fascinating to really study an oil and focus on its mind/body effects. Conifer oils like pine and juniper definitely created a strong, stable feeling while citrus oils like lemon and sweet orange brought up cheerful and bright emotions.
Rosemary (Rosemary officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole) became one of my favorite scents. Less medicinal smelling than tea tree or eucalyptus, the rich, woodsy scent of rosemary is focusing and awakening. You feel it in your lungs and breath, and it warms the body. I described rosemary as clearing, activating and motivating.
Rosemary is sold with different chemotypes, which basically means rosemary grown in different places have different chemical makeups. The cineole chemotype is great for the respiratory system. You’ll also see rosemary ct. camphor, which is great for increasing circulation. Both types are stimulating and energy-boosting. This post breaks down the two types in more detail. There are so many ways to harness the power of rosemary; you can make a simple rosemary roll-on for just about any ailment!
Essential oil roll-ons are one of my favorite things to make. They take approximately 60 seconds to put together, and you can use them for just about anything. It’s also one of the easiest ways to make your own essential oil perfume. We made a wake-up blend that is perfect for your morning routine or invigorating you in the afternoon slump. Here’s what you need to make an essential oil roll on:
- 10ml roller ball applicators
- About 1/3 of an ounce of carrier oil – I like fractioned coconut oil but olive oil, jojoba or sweet almond will all work
- 10-15 drops of essential oils
- A dropper or pipette makes measuring much easier
- And a tiny funnel makes pouring much less messy
Remove the cap and plastic encased roller-ball insert from the 10ml empty roll-on bottle. Add the essential oil drops. Use a max of 15 drops per 10ml for up to a 5% dilution. Fill the remainder of the 10 ml roll-on bottle to just under the neck of the glass with the carrier oil. Then replace the roll-on insert, press firmly until plastic is seated against the glass. Shake the roll-on bottle to thoroughly mix the blend, replace the cap and tightly secure until use.
To use, roll the bottle between your hands to remix the oils. Then apply to pressure points on the body, such as the temples, sides of the neck, behind the ears, bottoms of the feet, insides of the wrist.
We’ve put together several essential oil blends you can try. Before making the roll-on, gather all of the essential oils in your hand (with the caps off) and breath in the scent. If you like it, great. If not, take out the oil that offends your nose and adjust the blend and number of drops (instructions here). Most of these blends have 15 drops of essential oil, so if you don’t happen to have one of the oils that only need 1-2 drops just leave it out and see how you like the scent combination.
One note on safety: Avoid using rosemary essential oil during pregnancy, with children under the age of 10, or with those who suffer from epilepsy.
Rosemary Roll On Blends
- Wake Me Up
- Immune Defense
- Immune Defense #2
- Breathe Easy
- Aches + Pains
- Headache Soother