Did you know rosemary is one of the most used essential oils out there? Rosemary, also known as (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a green spring-like plant belonging to the mint family. The essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the plant, giving a purifying and fresh scent.
It not only oozes freshness but also has an antioxidant ORAC value of 11,070, meaning it has immense free radical fighting power!
The oil originates from the Mediterranean and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to improve brain function, treat stomach issues, boost immunity, and help with pain treatment.
Rosemary essential oil is also used to improve hair fall issues, increase circulation and help ease stress and relieve pain. It also disinfects many cosmetics, detergents, and bug repellants.
Quick Facts About Rosemary Essential Oil
- Stimulates hair growth: Studies have shown that rosemary essential oil may help male pattern baldness, known as androgenic alopecia, and potentially stimulate growth and inhibit hair loss.
- Improves Brain Function: Inhaling rosemary may help jog the memory and enhance the brain function of Alzheimer’s patients.
- Mild Pain Reliever: Research showed that treatment with a rosemary oil blend and acupressure twice daily for 20 minutes helped relieve shoulder pain by 30%.
- Bug repellant: The oil is often found in natural pesticides and mosquito repellants as it helps kill insects and bugs.
- Reduces Stress: Inhaling rosemary essential oil may lower cortisol levels and increase cortisol hormone triggers stress and anxiety.
- Increases circulation: Rosemary oil, when applied, may help expand blood vessels, which in turn boosts blood circulation.
- Reduces joint inflammation: Tissue inflammation causes pain and swelling. Rosemary oil may help reduce inflammation and improve pain.
- Cancer: Some test tube studies have shown that rosemary extract has anti-cancer properties.
How to use the essential oil?
- For Pains and inflammation: Mix 3 to 5 drops of rosemary oil in any carrier oil and massage on the affected area.
- For hair: Dilute 3 to 5 drops of rosemary oil in a carrier oil and massage into the scalp. Leave it for about an hour and wash the oil off the hair.
- For Stress and Focus: Add a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser, let the fumes spread in the room, and inhale them to reduce stress and increase focus. You can also mix rosemary oil in a carrier oil and rub it on your wrist or temples for a soothing effect.
- For joint pain: Mix 3-5 rosemary oil in a carrier oil and apply it on the joint for relief.
Use rosemary essential oils topically only, preferably diluted with a carrier oil or advised by a practitioner. Do a patch test (by applying only a small drop of oil on the skin) before using oil to check if you are allergic. In case you are allergic, discontinue the use of the oil immediately. Rosemary oil is only meant for topical use. Store the bottle away from light and heat.