I’d describe the aroma of Rosemary as herby, even woody. Anyone who’s cooked with rosemary knows the familiar aroma. It’s a shrub-like green plant having pale blue flowers and slender needle-like leaves. The most potent part of this plant, extracted in the form of the essential oil, is very beneficial in the fight against obesity and cellulite. It could help you focus better, remember things, relieve your headache, release mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. And of course one of my most favorite ways to use it is to nourish hair and stimulate hair growth.
Research on this oil indicates that Rosemary is also useful in the treatment of conditions like diarrhea, flatulence, and jaundice. Conditions like muscle aches and arthritis, sinusitis, cough, acne, eczema can also be relieved with the use of Rosemary Essential oil. It is an effective antiseptic and an antibacterial/antifungal agent too!
Here are 11 magical ways of using Rosemary for your health and well being:
Anti-Aging – Mix one to two drops of Rosemary essential oil to your night cream and apply daily.
Treat Dandruff – Add 5 drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils to 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Blend well, and massage into the scalp, let sit for 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual. Repeat weekly.
Hair Detangling Spray – In a spray bottle, combine eight ounces of distilled water, one teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, two drops of glycerin, and five drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oils. Spray onto hair as needed.
Heal Acne – Mix 2 to 3 drops of rosemary oil into 1/2 teaspoon of your preferred carrier oil, spread it over your face, avoiding the eyes, and massage the face. Dampen a soft towel with warm water and wipe the oil off. The antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary oil properties will heal the acne and improve your skin.
Reduce Cellulite – Mix 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil with 3 teaspoons of Jojoba or Olive or Sweet almond oil and massage the areas of cellulite once or twice each day. This mix will increase circulation to help clear out the toxins and firm your skin.
Reduce Stretch Marks – Mix 5 drops of Rosemary oil to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into any areas of your skin where stretch marks are visible. You can use it a couple times a day. It is important to use coconut oil for this recipe as it adds its own stretch-mark-fighting properties to the mix.
De-stress / Relieve Anxiety – Add 2 drops of Rosemary oil and 3 drops of Lavender oil to your diffuser and switch it on. Relax for 20-30 minutes. Rosemary oil has been found to alleviate stress and tension by decreasing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Together with lavender oil, it can also decrease anxiety.
Relief from indigestion and stomach cramps – Get relief from those nasty stomach cramps, bloating and indigestion with Rosemary oil. Massage a few drops of Rosemary oil diluted with a carrier oil onto your belly. It can aid in expelling excess gas in the digestive tract, while its antispasmodic effect can relieve painful stomach spasms.
Improve Memory – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and rub the mix on your upper neck once a day.
Reduce Pain – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub on sore muscles and painful joints.
Hair Growth – Dilute a few drops of Rosemary oil with coconut oil and massage on your scalp. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight.Rosemary oil stimulates circulation and blood flow to the scalp, which in turn can stimulate hair growth.
Before using rosemary oil, please keep in mind:
- It is necessary to test for any allergic reactions to Rosemary oil. If you have a sensitive skin, you may experience itching, irritation or stinging, so it’s always best to test it on a small patch of your skin first and use it in diluted form.
- Do not use the oil in certain conditions such as epilepsy and hypertension.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use rosemary oil as it may cause harm to the unborn baby.
- Ingestion of rosemary oil is not advisable, as its potency can cause vomiting, spasms and other harmful effects.
Rosemary oil is very versatile and can be used for daily health and overall well-being.
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