Rosemary Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine

Common Name: Rosemaryessential oils for acupressure

Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Pin Yin Name: Mí dié xiāngyóu

Main Acupressure Channels Activated by Rosemary Essential Oil:


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Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oils in Chinese Medicine

Rosemary essential oil is excellent at removing Blood Stagnation resulting in pain anywhere in theessential oils that stimulate circulation 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

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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!

Water Element Energetic Organ Systems: Kidney, Urinary Bladderpain remedy with essential oils

Wood Element Energetic Organ Systems: Liver, Gallbladder

Fire Element Energetic Organ Systems: Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, San Jiao

Earth Element Energetic Organ Systems: Spleen, Stomach

Metal Element Energetic Organ Systems: Lung, Large Intestine

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Plant description: Mediterranean evergreen semi-hardy shrub that requires full sun and good drainage

Part used: Leaves

Note: Middle

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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