External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Rhythmical Hand Embrocation According to Wegman/Hauschka with Rosemary

Kind of substance

Rosemary 10% oil

Guiding principle for the application

Rosemary contains resins, bitter substances and tannins, in addition to aromatic essential oils. These substances and essential oils make the soul inclined to connect with the body. Rosemary’s warming processes have a stimulating effect on digestion and circulation, especially on arterial peripheral vessels. The plant’s bitter substances and tannins awaken and strengthen human vital forces. Rosemary therefore has a strong, overall incarnating effect (connecting with the body).

The diagnosis was systemic scleroderma with low blood circulation and cold at the extremities, in particular ulcers on the patient's fingertips as a result of progressive degenerative processes.
Clinical observations in individual cases have shown that there is improved blood circulation and warming of cold hands or feet, for example, after rhythmical embrocation with rosemary.

Guiding Principle for the substance


  • Circulatory disorders
  • Scleroderma (Morbus Renaud)



  • Warm hand towel
  • Rosemary 10% oil

Short application of the oil to both hands in line with the concepts of rhythmical embrocation according to Wegman/Hauschka.

Worked well in several patients
1 x daily
Onset of effect
Shortly after the treatment
Length of therapy

Case example

A 62-year-old female patient suffered for years from poor blood circulation in her hands as a result of systemic scleroderma (Raynaud’s disease). Her hands were continuously cold, the skin on her hands was very degenerated, with partial ulcerations on her fingertips. In addition, there was carpal tunnel syndrome in her right hand, which was treated surgically.
The patient felt a “tingling” in her hands shortly after the rhythmical embrocation that she hadn’t experienced for a long time. Normally her hands felt numb.
The daily treatments warmed her hands. The patient also reported hot flushes “as in menopause” half an hour after the embrocations.
The treatment was continued by her husband for more than half a year. A new, elastic skin formed in places and the ulcerations on her fingertips receded.
In this case some test interventions were carried out with olive oil – unfortunately with no warming effect. The case was published as a case report.
Subsequently, the treatment was repeated for another 12 scleroderma patients at the University Hospital Tübingen, whereby the effect was confirmed as a general trend.


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  • von Schoen-Angerer T, Deckers B, Henes J, Helmert E, & Vagedes, J.  Effect of topical rosemary essential oil on Raynaud phenomenon in systemic sclerosis. Complementary therapies in medicine, 2018, 40, 191–194.