Botany: A small evergreen shrub with thick aromatic, linear leaves. It grows up to 2 m high. It is native to Mediterranean region, and is cultivated worldwide. The part used is the leaf (fresh or dried), which is used as a herb.

Products: Rosemary contains about 0.5% volatile oil, flavonoids (diosmetin, diosmin, genwanin, luteolin, hispidulin, apigenin, etc.), phenolic acids (rosmarinic, labiatic, chlorogenic, neochlorogenic, and caffeic acids), carnosic acid, rosmaricine, isorosmaricine, triterpenic acids (mainly ursolic, oleanolic, and betulinic acids, the diterpene rosmanol, and others.

Rosmarinic acid – is a natural polyphenol antioxidant carboxylic acid. It has significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It has been used as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Rosmarinic acid has good percutaneous absorption, tissue distribution, and bioavailability that make it an ingredient suitable for transdermal administration.

Ursolic acid – is used as an emulsifying agent in cosmetic and other preparations. Its anti-inflammatory (oral and topical), antitumor (skin cancer), and antimicrobial properties make it useful in cosmetic applications. There is also evidence to show that ursolic acid may be of relevance in hair tonics to encourage hair growth.

Rosmarinus officinalis botanical extract – Rosemary is considered to be one of the most important of the natural antioxidant extracts.

Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil is prepared by steam distillation of the fresh flowering tops. It contains mainly monoterpene hydrocarbons (α- and β-pinenes, camphene, limonene, etc.), cineole (eucalyptol), and borneol, with camphor, linalool, verbenone, terpineol, 3-octanone, and isobornyl acetate.

History and/or folklore: Rosemary and distilled water were the constituents of ‘Hungary water’, a rejuvenating lotion named after Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, whose use of it kept her skin free from wrinkles.


Rosemary extracts have anti-oxidative properties. Rosemary oil and extracts have antimicrobial activities (bacteria and fungi).

Rosmarinus officinalis botanical extract
Traditional use: It is tonic and astringent used mainly for its action on hair and prevention of premature baldness. It is often combined with borax to prevent scurf and dandruff. Stimulating for the skin. When added to the bath, it stimulates sluggish circulation.

Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil
The typical fragrance is sweetly herbal and slightly medicinal with a hint of camphor. It may be beneficial for problem skin conditions and dandruff. It is anti-catarrhal, anti-infectious, and anti-spasmodic and is a useful component in decongestant baths. The German Commission E has approved the external use as supportive therapy for rheumatic diseases and circulatory problems.

Rosemary oil is extensively used in cosmetics as a fragrance component and/or masking agent. Products in which it is used include soaps, detergents, creams, lotions, and perfumes (especially colognes and toilet waters).


Rosemary oil has been reported to be non-irritating and non-sensitising to human skin but moderately irritating to rabbit skin when applied undiluted.


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