Rosemary or Rosmarinus Officinalis has been used for centuries across many cultures and especially around the Mediterranean countries. Its leaves, stems and branches are used, dried or fresh, in meat and culinary preparations. The essential oil of Rosemary is generally extracted from the leaves and has many healing and medicinal benefits. Let us study the brief history, medicinal uses and different ways you can use the essential oil of Rosmarinus Officinalis.
Rosemary belongs to the mint family. In French, it is known as Romarin while in England it is known by different names like compass weed, dew of the sea, elf leaf or sea dew. The herb is known to enhance memory and concentration. Shakespeare has referred to Rosemary’s memory enhancing properties in Hamlet. Today, science has proven what Shakespeare put forth so many centuries ago and we have only just begun to uncover the herb’s many uses. Here are some more historical uses of the Rosemary herb and its oil:
Rosemary has a toning, restorative and astringent effect on the skin. It calms redness and inflammation and can be beneficial in treating acne and roseacea, etc. Its antifungal properties are beneficial in curing tinea infections. The herb also has antibacterial properties which can prevent infections in wounds, blisters, stings, bites, and more. Many shampoos contain Rosemary as it helps fight dandruff and also assists in hair growth. With regular scalp massage using rosemary oil, you can lend strength to the hair and prevent hair fall. It is no wonder that many skin and hair care products contain this herb and/or its oil. Many also use the oil to fight cellulite.
Rosemary has deodorizing and antibacterial properties. The fresh and dried herb is added to soups and meats to enhance flavor and taste and add an appetizing aroma to meat. The oil’s fragrance makes it a great addition to household herbal cleaners, deodorants, laundry soaps, body washes, hair and facial cleansers.
This is the most popular benefit and use of Rosemary. Many natural supplements, tinctures, teas, etc. contain this herb along with others like Gingko, Gotu kola and other herbal memory enhancers to prevent cognitive decline and aid in memory and concentration.
The pain relieving and circulation enhancing properties of the herb and its oil make it an excellent remedy for all muscular conditions. Rosemary oil also acts as a physical and mental stimulant, making it an excellent addition to bath water. This antiseptic oil is beneficial in treating sprains, muscular pains, arthritis, rheumatism, fatigue, headaches, colds, flu, etc.
The narrow leaves of Rosemary have powerful carminative, detoxifying and diuretic effects. They also regulate bile production and can aid in treating jaundice. You can use the tea made by infusing the leaves of the herb or put it in gel caplets or tinctures.
Add to shampoo to restore vitality to dull hair and also eliminate dandruff. To treat thinning hair, massage the scalp with some rosemary and carrier oil blend to stimulate blood flow and enhance hair growth. You can also rub the oil neat on the scalp after shampooing the hair.
Mix 3-4 drops of Rosemary oil with Coconut oil and rub on neck and temples. Also diffuse it in rooms or office/workplaces for an hour each day.
Mix a few drops of Rosemary and Peppermint oils each with a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub directly onto aching areas. You can also use it on the stomach or abdomen to relieve cramps, menstrual pain, and improve gall bladder function.
Apply undiluted on temples, feet, wrists, neck and pulse points to enhance mood and calm the whole body and mind.
Add a few drops to the dryer sheet and toss it in the laundry to freshen up the clothes.
Add a few drops to a room diffuser to enhance memory, curb appetite, stimulate weight loss and ward off colds, cough and flu.
Rosemary is a restorative, reviving, calming, clarifying, and memory enhancing oil that can improve circulation, deodorize, and eliminate bacteria while aiding in weight loss. With so many benefits, it is time you add this wonderful oil to your home medicine kit!
Our products that contain organic rosemary essential oil:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Healing Art of Essential Oils by Kac Young
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