Uses described in pharmacopoeias and well established documents
Used orally for the treatment of dyspeptic complaints, and in external applications for supportive management of rheumatic complaints and circulatory disorders. Although one pilot study has indicated that the crude drug may enhance cognition, further data from randomized controlled clinical trials are required before any therapeutic recommendations can be made.
Aetheroleum Rosmarini is contraindicated in cases of hypersensitivity or allergy to the plant material. It should not be used in patients suffering from bronchial asthma or bronchitis or on damaged skin, such as in cases of burns, lesions or skin rashes.
Due to its irritant properties, the essential oil should not be used on the face or mucosa, and contact with the eyes should be avoided. After application of the essential oil, wash hands to avoid accidental contact with the face and eyes. As with all essential oils, do not exceed the recommended dose. If there is persistence or worsening of rheumatic symptoms, e.g. in cases of redness, swelling or over-heating of joints, patients should seek advice from a health care practitioner.