In the final of my three-part series on the Lamiaceae family, we will explore the reminder of the essential oils.
Marjoram – Spanish (Thymus mastichina)
The properties of Spanish marjoram are similar to those of sweet marjoram, although Spanish marjoram has a higher cineole content. This makes it more effective for assisting with respiratory tract infections.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sage needs to be used with care as it can bring on epileptic fits and can be toxic to the central nervous system in large quantities.
Sage could be helpful for tiredness, depression and grief. It can be soothing to the emotional (parasympathetic) nervous system and calming to the nerves.
It is an oestrogen mimic so can be used to assist in regulating the menstrual cycle. It can also be used to assist with menopausal problems.
Sage can also used for digestive problems, and aches and pains caused by rheumatism.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary Sage has oestrogen mimic properties which makes it good for assisting with female hormonal disorders, from menstrual problems through to menopausal symptoms.
It could be very effective for treating fear, nervousness, paranoia and depression. It stimulates, revitalizes and regenerates.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
There are three main chemotypes of rosemary: camphor-borneol, 1,8-cineole, and verbenone.
Specific to the chemotypes, the camphor-borneol type is best for helping with muscular aches and pains, the 1,8-cineole type is best for helping with pulmonary congestion and to help with elimination of waste from the liver and kidneys. The verbenone type is non-irritant and is very good for helping with quality skin care.
In general, rosemary is good for assisting with lifting the spirits and for stimulating the mind. It can be effective in helping with fluid retention, liver and spleen disorders, and jaundice, along with blood circulation and low blood pressure.
Rosemary is one of the most effective essential oils for the central nervous system. It can help with mental clarity and awareness. It is a very good brain stimulant and can help improve memory.
It can assist with many respiratory problems, including coughs, asthma and sinusitis, and it can be used to help relieve pain caused by rheumatism and arthritis, and stiff and overworked muscles.
As it is a highly stimulating oil, it is not suitable for people with epilepsy or high blood pressure. It is also to be avoided during pregnancy.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Spearmint can be used as a digestive stimulant, and can be helpful for nausea, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea. Spearmint is more suitable to use with children than peppermint. It can be helpful for respiratory complaints due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-catarrhal properties. Spearmint can be uplifting for the spirits and for mental fatigue and depression.
It is not to be used during pregnancy. It is not a skin irritant and is non-toxic.
I hope you have enjoyed learning about the very versatile essential oils in this botanical family.
It is most important that if you have any questions you consult with a qualified aromatherapist, and it is most important that you consult with your medical professional.