Rosemary is a popular culinary spice with a delightful scent. It also has many applications in personal care and natural medicine. This healing, natural oil comes from the blossoms of the rosemary plant. It is extracted using steam distillation to create a pure and powerful oil that possesses anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is beneficial for treating respiratory ailments, boosting the immune system and calming the nerves.
How can oil of rosemary help you?
When combined with a carrier such as olive oil, coconut oil or aloe gel, oil of rosemary can help with a number of problems, such as:
- Irritation of the skin and scalp
- Achy muscles
- Hair loss
A few drops added to hot water or a mild tea (such as chamomile or peppermint) can effectively treat:
- High Cortisol levels
- Nervous tension
- Loss of memory
Taken as a regular tonic, a few drops of rosemary oil taken in this way can help boost gallbladder function and detoxify the bladder.
How To Use Oil Of Rosemary
The scent of this delightful oil stimulates your senses and helps you become more aware of your surroundings. It helps promote mental clarity and improves your ability to focus and avoid distraction. For this reason, it is especially good to use in a diffuser when you are performing tasks such as meditating, studying, working on your bills or making important decisions. Its pleasant scent also has a calming and centering effect, so it’s great to simply sit and breathe it in at the end of a long and challenging day. It will help reduces stress, tension and fatigue.
Add the oil to your regular massage oil to reap its relaxing benefits through aromatherapy and absorption. Oil of rosemary’s calming effects soothe your nerves and help relax stiff, sore muscles.
3. Apply Topically
If you are suffering from indigestion, you can rub a few drops of the oil into the soles of your feet. Put your feet up and relax. You should feel some relief within a few minutes.
4. Enhance Personal Care Products
Add a 6 drops of this essential oil and 6 drops of oil of peppermint to an ounce of your favorite natural shampoo or liquid castile soap to make your existing hair nice and shiny and stimulate hair growth.
5. Fight Aging
Make your own anti-aging serum by combining equal amounts of these essential oils:
Add this concentrated essential oil blend to the carrier oil of your choice (coconut, olive, sunflower, jojoba, carrot or Argan oil are all good) at a rate of 6 drops per ounce. This makes a nice nighttime moisturizer around the eyes and corners of the mouth.
Keep a small vial of the oil in your purse or pocket for a quick shot of aromatherapy no matter where you are. You can use it old-school like smelling salts if you want to be dramatic. If you would prefer to be discreet, just dash a few drops into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, cup them over your mouth and nose and breath deeply. You will soon feel calmed, soothed and centered.
This delectable, edible oil is an excellent addition to marinades and meat sauces. It adds fabulous flavor and health benefits to your everyday dishes.
Before adding rosemary oil to your daily personal care routines, be advised that if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should not use this oil. Likewise, people with high blood pressure or epilepsy should avoid it. And for other uses of this fantastic plant go to The Doula Marin Health Site and read the article.
Be sure to use the oil carefully. Test it on a small spot of skin before applying it liberally. Just apply a drop to your inner arm and wait 24 hours. If you have no negative reaction, you can use the oil safely.
Always purchase your essential oils from established dealers. Use only pure, 100% organic oils.