Rose has a supremely feminine and deeply sensual aroma, which is the traditional mainstay of the perfume industry. Rose oil has a wonderful antidepressant effect that may be harnessed in body and face massages, baths or vaporizers to treat anxiety, stress and depression. It also has a gentle balancing effect on gynaecological disorders and is said to have aphrodisiac properties.
Rosemary has a wide application and is effective in the treatment of numerous complaints. Possessing a powerful aroma, rosemary is favoured as a decongestant in inhalation and an invigorating muscle-strengthening massage oil. Skin and hair problems can respond well to rosemary, and gargling with it will freshen the breath. Above all, rosemary seems to possess remarkable memory and concentration-enhancing properties. Other therapeutic uses are in digestive disorders, headaches and stress.
It should be avoided during pregnancy and should not be used by epileptics.
Sage is a native plant of the northern coastal regions of the Mediterranean and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use dating back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. The essential oil used in aromatherapy is obtained by subjecting the dried leaves to a process of steam distillation. Sage has an expectorant effect when used in inhalations, and its astringent and cooling properties make it a popular choice as a tonic, an appetite stimulant and as a fever reducer. It antiseptic effects are beneficial to sore throats and mouth problems if used in a gargle or mouthwash. It is also used to improve poor circulation, sore throats, colds and viral infections, bronchitic and catarrhal complaints, rheumatism, arthritic pains, joint sprains and strains, mouth infections and headaches. Sage is widely used as a flavouring in foods and in some household preparations and toiletries.
It should be avoided during pregnancy and if epileptic. Sage is toxic if ingested and is best substituted with clary sage for home use.