Known as Lamiaceae, the 'Mint Family' includes some of the most important and popular plants for gardens, from Thyme, Sage and our beloved Rosemary. A few familial characteristics shared among most Mint Family relatives are the shape of the stems, leaves, tiny flowers, and volatile oils in their leaves and stems, which gives them their familiar and delicious fragrances utilised in Aromatherapy today.
There are 3 main chemotypes of Rosemary, they are Rosemary ct. verbenone, Rosemary ct. 1.8 cineole, and Rosemary ct. camphor (ct. = chemotype). What is the difference between these chemotypes?
- Rosemary ct. verbenone is well known for being invigorating, refreshing, and uplifting while containing less camphor.
- Rosemary camphor and 1.8 cineole are very stimulating and dilating and not recommended to be used during pregnancy or for those with epilepsy or high blood pressure.
Our Rosemary essential oil is cineole chemotype.