* *ADVISORY* *Rosemary should not be used by women who are or who wish to become pregnant, based on preliminary evidence showing toxic effects to embryos. Overdose on large amounts of rosemary oil could result in inflammation of the stomach lining, pulmonary edema, seizures, coma, or death. Topical application of the oil may cause inflammation or photosensitivity in some people.
DOSAGE:A rosemary bath can be made by steeping approximately 45 g of rosemary leaf for 10-15 minutes in a quart of hot water, and then pouring the water through a strainer directly into the bath water. A tea can be prepared by steaming 1-2 g of leaf in 150 ml boiling water for 5-10 minutes and then straining the leaves.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that while rosemary oil appears to be a promising aromatherapy for anxiety and cognitive function, there is not enough evidence for us to support these indicated uses. Although its common use as an herb suggests low toxicity, rosemary has not undergone comprehensive safety testing. The essential oil can be toxic, even at low doses, and the maximum safe dose is unknown.
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