Today at the allotment I noticed our rosemary bush in full bloom, the blue flowers standing out against the evergreen foliage. No bees on the flowers but lots on the pussy willow growing around the apiary. I suspect that it isn’t quite warm enough yet for the Rosemary to produce sufficient nectar to attract the bees. Many plants have a specific range of temperatures and soil moisture contents at which nectar is produced, a feature that means some species only produce honey for the bee keeper in years with the right conditions.
Warmer weather also makes the essential oils produced by Rosemary and other herbs more concentrated. This may be what attracts the bees to it in the first place telling them that there is food available.
For the aromatherapist, Rosemary is an important herb. It aids memory and there are studies showing it’s effectiveness in both ADHD and dementia as well as being a useful aid to studying.
An oil that stimulates blood flow it is also good for muscular aches and pains as well as soothing coughs and colds. There are at least three chemotypes. The most soothing is the linalol whereas the camphor chemotype is more of and expectorant. This means for coughs and colds it is better to use the camphor chemotype during the day and the more soothing linalol at night when it can aid sleep.
As well as using the oils in massage they can be used in a burner or vaporiser. Additionally if you have a productive cough or are congested, you can add a few drops into a bowl of water a little off boiling point and breathe in the vapours to help clear the infection. Eucalyptus and Tea tree might be added to the blend to help fight the infection.
If you would like a massage using rosemary or other essential oils contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or use the enquiry form here.