9 Ways Rosemary Essential Oil Can Benefit You & Your Lifestyle

October 14, 2018

9 Ways Rosemary Essential Oil Can Benefit You & Your Lifestyle

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.

History of Rosemary Essential Oil

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:

  • Romans used the herb in various religious ceremonies and weddings
  • The herb was considered an all-rounder and was used extensively for cosmetic, medicinal and cooking purposes
  • Romans weren’t the only ones to capture the essence of Rosemary; even Egyptians loved it for its delicious fragrance, and used it in incense making.
  • In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says: “There’s rosemary for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.”
  • The word rosemary is derived from Latin for dew (ros) and sea (marinus). It is also called anthos sometimes, which is the Greek word for flower.
  • According to folktales, Virgin Mary placed her coat over a rosemary bush after which its flowers turned a matching blue. Hence the shrub became known as the ‘Rose of Mary’.
  • A renowned German botanist/physician, Paracelsus, studied the herb extensively. He used rosemary a lot for its medicinal and healing properties. Paracelsus even recommended it to his patients for strengthening the heart, liver and brain.
  • Queen Isabella of Hungary made a tonic called ‘Royal Hungarian Water’ in which she used Rosemary along with other herbs like lavender, rose etc.
  • In 2012, a study conducted at the Tai Sophia Institute proved that rosemary leaf powder showed memory enhancing effects on people aged 75 and above. 

Medicinal Properties of Rosemary

Rosemary for Skin and Hair Care

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's Deodorizing Properties

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.

Rosemary as a Memory Enhancer

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.

Rosemary as an Analgesic

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.

Rosemary as a Carminative,  Detoxifier and Diuretic

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.

Common Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary for Dull Hair and Dandruff

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.

How to Use Rosemary for Memory Enhancement

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.

Roemary for Muscle Aches and Pains

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.

Rosemary for Calming the Mind and Body

Apply undiluted on temples, feet, wrists, neck and pulse points to enhance mood and calm the whole body and mind.

Rosemary for Laundry

Add a few drops to the dryer sheet and toss it in the laundry to freshen up the clothes.

Rosemary in a Diffuser

Add a few drops to a room diffuser to enhance memory, curb appetite, stimulate weight loss and ward off colds, cough and flu.

Conclusion

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:

Deliciously Aromatic Natural Perfume & Insect Repellent Spray

Deliciously Aromatic Natural Perfume & Insect Repellent Roll On

Deliciously Aromatic Natural Perfume & Insect Repellent Salve

References

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

The Healing Art of Essential Oils by Kac Young

 

Medical Disclaimer

The content found on this website is for informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information and statements regarding health related benefits of certain ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your personal physician or other medical professional. Do not use the information found within this website to self-diagnose any medical conditions or treat any health problems or diseases. The information provided is not intended to prescribe or be taken as medical advice.

 




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