Rosemary Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Pin Yin Name: Mí dié xiāngyóu
Main Acupressure Channels Activated by Rosemary Essential Oil:
- Apply the Head-ease Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Gallbladder 14
- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Liver 3
- Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4
- Apply the Wood Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Gallbladder 41
Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oils in Chinese Medicine
Rosemary essential oil is excellent at removing Blood Stagnation resulting in pain anywhere in the body. Because it stimulates the free flow of Blood, it is invaluable for women’s issues including painful periods and infertility due to Cold in the womb. Because it enhances circulation, it is often employed in hair-loss remedies topically. Like most essential oils, rosemary is highly anti-bacterial and somewhat anti-fungal. It is a strong antioxidant used for anti-aging remedies and fresh food storage. Rosemary allows Clear Yang to rise to the head and promotes clear thinking in Chinese medicine and resolves Cold Damp-Bi. The psychological nature of rosemary according to Five Element Theory belongs largely to the Metal Element of Chinese medicine.
Properties: Warm, pungent, dry
Nature: Stimulating, circulating, energizing, uplifting, clarifying, mindful, focused, fortifying, creative, structured, purifying, justified, trustworthy, dedicated, lively, joyful, invigorating, confident, bold, restoring
Diseases, Emotional Imbalances, and Pain Syndromes Treated with Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each energetic organ system is assigned to one of the Five Elements. Each element has both physical and emotional symptoms that would indicate imbalances in one or more of the related organ systems. Learn more about the Five Elements here!
Wood Element Energetic Organ Systems: Liver, Gallbladder
- Loss of motivation
- Arthritis and stiff joints
- Depression with nervous exhaustion
- Feeling emotionally stuck
- Diaphragm obstructions
Fire Element Energetic Organ Systems: Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, San Jiao
Earth Element Energetic Organ Systems: Spleen, Stomach
- Muscle stiffness, cramping, and pain
- Abdominal pain and gas from Cold
- Varicose veins
- Mental fog
Metal Element Energetic Organ Systems: Lung, Large Intestine
Plant description: Mediterranean evergreen semi-hardy shrub that requires full sun and good drainage
Part used: Leaves
Safety and Contraindications
- No known cumulative toxicity used topically
- Not to be used with pre-pubescent children
- Dilute to 4% so not to irritate the skin
- Overdoses may result in high blood pressure spike
- Recommendations for topical use only
- Pregnant or nursing women and children-infants should only use essential oils under the guidance of their local natural healthcare practitioner.
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