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(rohz-mair-ee) ,

Rosmarinus officinalis

(trade name),

compass plant/weed

(trade name),

polar plant

(trade name)


Therapeutic: abortifacients
Alopecia areata.Inducing abortion.


Essential oil has a spasmonthlytic effect on gastrointestinal smooth muscle, positive inotropic effect on heart, and increases coronary and menstrual blood flow. Topical use irritates the skin and increases blood circulation.

Therapeutic effects

Improved hair growth.
Menstrual flow stimulant.


Absorption: Unknown
Distribution: Unknown
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown
Half-life: Unknown

Time/action profile



Contraindicated in: Hypersensitivity;Pregnancy.
Use Cautiously in: Lactation;Seizure disorders;Ingestion of undiluted essential oil can be toxic and cause significant adverse effects.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • hypotension

Central nervous system

  • seizures


  • contact dermatitis


  • nausea
  • vomiting


  • uterine bleeding


↑risk of seizures with drugs that lower seizure threshold ↑risk of bleeding with antiplatelet agents or anticoagulants None.
Oral (Adults) 1–2 g of crude leaf/150 mL water ingested three times daily as tea
Topical (Adults) 3 drops of rosemary oil (114 mg) in combination with other essential oils massage into scalp nightly for 2 minutes with a warm towel around head to increase absorption


Oil: 6–10%
Crude leaf:

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess amount of alopecia prior to and periodically during therapy.
  • Lab Test Considerations: Monitor blood sugar and serum electrolytes periodically during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Deficient knowledge, related to medication regimen (Patient/Family Teaching)


  • Oral: Administer as directed.
  • Topical: Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil (114 mg) in combination with other essential oils massage into scalp nightly for 2 minutes with a warm towel around head to increase absorption.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient to take or use rosemary as directed.
  • Caution female patients to avoid using rosemary and notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding. May lead to abortion.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improved hair growth.
Drug Guide, © 2015 Farlex and Partners
A perennial herb that contains carnosic acid, camphor, flavonoids, phenolic acids, triterpenic acid, and volatile oils; it is antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, cardiotonic, carminative, and may be an antioxidant and have anticarcinogenic properties
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The relative expressions of stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD) target gene in longissimus dorsi in Dorper lambs fed Nigella sativa seeds, Rosmarinus officinalis leaves or their blend.
Microwave irradiation to pretreat Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L) for maintaining antioxidant content during storage and to extract essential oil simultaneously.
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is used to cure several diseases such as asthma, chronic indigestion, colon toxins, fatness, sinus, congestion, fever, cold extremities, colic, gastric disorders and diarrhea.
Study of the antibiotic efficacy of an ethanolic extract from Rosmarinus officinalis against Staphylococcus aureus in two skin infection models in mice.
The essential oil of Eastern Moroccan Rosmarinus officinalis: chemicalncomposition, in-vitro antimicrobial and antioxydant activities.
Tai, "Anti-proliferative and antioxidant properties of rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis," Oncology Reports, vol.
The most common variety is the wonderfully sturdy Miss Jessopp's Upright or rosmarinus officinalis that will tolerate most positions and arid conditions.