When I took aromatherapy 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. This is when I fell in love with rosemary essential oil.
It was fascinating to study an oil closely and focus on its mind/body effects. Conifer oils like pine and juniper created a strong, stable feeling, while citrus oils like lemon and sweet orange brought up cheerful and bright emotions.
But it was rosemary (Rosemary officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole) that became one of my favorite scents. Smelling less medicinal than tea tree or eucalyptus, the rich, woodsy aroma of rosemary brings a sense of focus and awakening [source].
Rosemary is sold with different chemotypes, which basically means that rosemary grown in different places can have a different chemical makeup. The cineole chemotype is often used for the respiratory system.
You’ll also see rosemary ct. camphor, which is traditionally used for increasing circulation. Both types are stimulating and energy-boosting. This post breaks down the types in more detail.
There are so many ways to harness the power of rosemary essential oil; you can make a simple rosemary roll-on to use for just about any ailment!
9 Rosemary Essential Oil Rollerball Blends
Essential oil roll-ons are one of my favorite things to make as they have so many uses—especially those that include rosemary! 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 if you’ve hit the afternoon slump. Here’s what you need to make an essential oil roll-on:
- 10 ml roller ball applicators
- About 1/3 of an ounce of carrier oil—I like fractionated coconut oil, but olive oil, jojoba, or sweet almond will all work
- 10–15 drops of essential oils
- A measured dropper or pipette makes measuring much easier
- And a tiny funnel makes pouring less messy
Remove the cap and plastic-encased roller-ball insert from the 10 ml empty roll-on bottle. Add the essential oil drops. Use a max of 15 drops per 10 ml 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, and press firmly until the plastic is seated against the glass.
Shake the roll-on bottle to thoroughly mix the blend, replace the cap, and tightly secure until ready to use.
To use, roll the bottle between your hands to remix and warm 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, and insides of the wrist.
We’ve put together several rosemary 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 combined 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 aroma combination.
One note on safety: Make sure to always dilute your essential oils in this way before applying to the skin. Avoid using rosemary essential oil during pregnancy, for those with epilepsy, or with children under the age of 10, or with those with epilepsy.
12 Rosemary Roll-On Blends
1. Wake Me Up
2. Immune Defense
3. Immune Defense #2
4. Breathe Easy
5. Breathe Easy #2
6. Aches + Pains
7. Aches + Pains #2
8. Headache Soother
- 2 drops eucalyptus
- 4 drops lavender
- 1 drop peppermint
- 2 drops rosemary
- 3 drops basil
- 2 drops sweet marjoram
- 1 drop vetiver
11. Concentration #2
- 4 drops bergamot
- 2 drops rosemary
- 3 drops balsam fir needle
- 3 drops Scots pine
- 3 drops Mandarin orange
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Holly Smith, a board-certified physician in nephrology and internal medicine with a background in nutrition. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.129