Focus and Intention – How Rosemary helps the Athlete and the Student

“Rosemary reinforces the heart and empowers the mind to help boost the confidence and morale of those who lack faith in their own potential.” – Gabriel Mojay

Intention and focus are key to athletic and scholarly success. Athletes need mental focus and physical stamina, and students require alert minds and longer attention spans to absorb important material. Both the athlete and student need mental strength to develop and empower themselves and increase self-confidence. In order for students to put knowledge into action they need to focus and remain engaged. In order for athletes to successfully compete, they need the same focus and intent to win. Candy and coffee may offer quick surges of temporary focus and alertness, but they frequently leave one fatigued and irritable. The mind plays a huge role in athlete and student performance, so outside of caffeine and sugar, how does one assist their mind?

Rosmarinus officinalis L. can help the mind achieve greater focus and intention. Interestingly, depending on where the Rosmarinus officinalis L. is grown and harvested, it can make a significant difference in its influence. Chemotypes of a plant are given to a species whose chemical makeup varies depending upon the environmental conditions in which it is grown. Choosing the best chemotype of Rosemary for the Athlete or Student archetype is critical to achieve maximum effectiveness. For example, Rosemary camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis variation camphor CT) from Spain may be best for the athlete whose muscles or joints are sore from too much exercise. It is the best choice since it has the most camphor (17%-27.3%) in its essence. Studies have shown camphor to be an analgesic, antispasmodic, and helpful in easing muscle pains and intestinal cramping.

“A rosemary personality is one with imagination, happiness, and determination.” -Valerie Ann Worwood

For the student I would recommend Rosemary Cineole 1,8 (Rosmarinus officinalis CT) from Tunisia. The main constituent, 1,8-cineole, can be found in concentrations as high as 39%-57.7%. It is important to note that 1,8-cineole has been indicated to stimulate the respiratory tract and digestive systems and improve information retention. The aroma of Rosemary affects the hippocampus of the brain, helping it store information and facts. The student archetype needs to have the brain absorb and store the needed information to score well on tests. Most research does not state what chemotype of rosemary oil is used – that is why knowledge of the main chemical components in certain types of rosemary oil is important. Wherever you purchase your essential oils, a Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrography (GC/MS) report should be available.

After every workout or competition, the athlete may choose to apply Rosemary camphor one to two times a day to affected areas as needed in a 2% to 3% dilution in a carrier oil such as organic arnica oil. Students may place one or two drops of Rosemary Cineole 1.8 on a tissue and inhale 3 to 5 easy breaths every one and a half to two hours while studying as needed. It is recommended that pregnant women, children under two, and those with a history of high blood pressure and epilepsy not use Rosemary. If you have questions, call your aromatherapist or check with your medical provider.

May the Athlete and Student archetypes enjoy the supportive effects of Rosemary in their journey toward focused, persistent dedication to sports and learning.


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Photo credits:
Manuela Böhm

Jonathan Chng

Andreas Fidler

Element5 Digital

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