Last update Jan. 12, 2015


Low Risk

Moderately safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Leaves and floral summits of shrub are used.

It contains essential oil (eucalyptol, camphor), flavonoids, terpene.

Scientifically non-proven effects: digestive, carminative, cholagogue. Topically used as anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Herb that is widely used as a condiment for culinary purposes and also as infusion for medicinal purposes. In some cultures (Eastern Europe), it is often consumed in pregnancy without reported harm effects.

At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found.

Occasional consumption of infusion would be compatible with breastfeeding. The essence of Rosemary or essential oil would better be avoided while breastfeeding because of the convulsant property of Camphor.


We do not have alternatives for Rosemary.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Rosemary is also known as


Main tradenames from several countries containing Rosemary in its composition:

  • Optomega™. Contains other elements than Rosemary in its composition


  1. Kennedy DA, Lupattelli A, Koren G, Nordeng H. Herbal medicine use in pregnancy: results of a multinational study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products. Community herbal monograph on Rosmarinus officinalis. EMA. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  3. WHO. World Health Organization. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 4. WHO monographs. 2009 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Burkhard PR, Burkhardt K, Haenggeli CA, Landis T. Plant-induced seizures: reappearance of an old problem. J Neurol. 1999 Aug;246(8):667-70. Abstract

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