Getting Down to Essentials: Rosemary Essential Oil

rosemary in hands

Talk about versatility. Since ancient times, rosemary has been used for a number of both culinary and medicinal purposes and even religious ceremonies. The Morning Call notes that the Greeks and Romans believed that Rosemary would improve memory. As a result, they wove twigs into their hair to help improve their minds. A research study involving 28 older adults found that a consumption of a low dose, but not a higher dose, of dried Rosemary powder, was associated with significantly improved memory speed.

Rosemary Essential Oil has a number of skin benefits, as well, and so is used in skin care cleansers, soaps, face masks, toners and creams. It contains a wide array of nutrients, including iron, calcium and vitamin B6, which is important for healthy hair and skin. Also, the antioxidants in Rosemary Essential Oil help prevent skin damage and maximize skin tone by combatting free radicals.

 

BIOTONE products featuring rosemary

Rosemary essential oil is one of the key ingredients in several BIOTONE offerings, including:

And here’s a treatment that enables your clients to enjoy the mind and body benefits of rosemary. Fire & Ice, which features Polar Lotion, rejuvenates the mind and body with its circulation boosting contrast therapy. Help clients decrease pain and increase circulation to areas of injury and restricted blood flow by utilizing alternating hot and cold packs. Learn to customize this effective therapy by incorporating essential oils, massage products and techniques that will enhance your intended therapeutic goals.

 

Ingredients

  • Polar Lotion (1 oz)
  • Replenishing Light Massage Oil (2 oz)
  • Eucalyptus Oil (10 Drops)

Supplies

  • 2 -3 Hot Packs – Can be a Hydrocollator pack,

hot water bottle, microwavable pack or a Hotshotz

  • 2 – 3 Cold Packs
  • 2 hand towels
  • Rubber Spa Bowl

(optional for Replenishing Light Massage Oil & Eucalyptus mix)

Instructions

  1. Have the client supine on the massage table.
  2. Perform a quick overall body stretch including arms across the chest, knees up to chest, hip circles, IT band stretch and hamstrings stretch.
  3. Do a full body rock including flexion extension of the feet.
  4. Place a hot pack under the client’s neck.
  5. Place cold pack across the client’s chest.
  6. While the Hot and Cold Packs Stay in place gently massage the face, scalp and neck. 3 min.
  7. Rotate the Hot and Cold Packs
  8. While the Hot and Cold Packs stay in place, use the Replenishing Light Massage Oil to perform long hand to shoulder effleurage strokes on both arms. 3 min.
  9. Using the Second Set of Hot and Cold Packs, place the Hot Pack on the abdomen and the Cold Pack under the sacrum.
  10. While the hot and cold packs stay in place, massage the client’s sternum, intercostal muscles and thoracic cage including gentle compressions.
  11. Rotate the hot and cold packs.
  12. While the Hot and Cold Packs stay in place, use the Replenishing Light Massage Oil to perform long foot to hip effleurage strokes on both legs. 3 min.
  13. Remove the packs and have to client turn to a prone position.
  14. Use the Replenishing Light Massage Oil to perform long effleurage strokes from the shoulder to the sacrum, continuing the movement to the hips and legs. 5 – 10 min.
  15. Use Polar Lotion on any areas of congestion or pain in combination with direct pressure.
  16. Perform a gentle stretching.

 

Precautions:

The use of hot and cold individually is a very safe and beneficial add-on to any therapy assuming proper precautions are taken. A few things any therapist utilizing thermal therapy should be aware of are:

  • Do not apply heat to fresh injuries that are still hot, red or inflamed.
  • Never place a hot/cold pack or hot stones directly on the client’s skin. A towel or terrycloth cover should be placed between the pack and the client’s skin and hot stones should always be moving and never left sitting on the client’s body.
  • Cryotherapy (cold) should not be used on clients who have hypertension or ischemia.

Hypertension already causes vasoconstriction and ischemic limbs already have a reduction in blood flow to tissues.

• It is important to monitor temperatures closely when working with the client with neuropathy as they will be unable to feel whether or not the temperature being applied is too hot or too cold. This puts them at risk for heat or ice burn.

rosemary in hands
rosemary in hands