7 Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits
Inside Information: 7 Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits
The stimulating scent of fresh Rosemary is reminiscent of warm kitchens and bright sunny days. Rosemary has been used for centuries in cooking, medicine, and perfumery. This week, we’re taking a deeper look into what makes Rosemary essential oil so beautiful and what it can do to enhance our lives one breath at a time.
Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the Rosmarinus officinalis plant, also known as common rosemary. Rosemary is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family. It derives its name from the latin words for dew and sea; “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus) and it was commonly called the dew of the sea for its soft blue, white, and purple blossoms.
Rosemary essential oil has a scent that is very much like fresh rosemary, although intensified. This bright, herbaceous, and stimulating scent has some surprising benefits for our moods, minds, hair, and skin. Let’s take a look at 7 Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits:
- Hair Regrowth
Let’s start with one of its most surprising superpowers, Rosemary essential oil has been shown to regrow hair as well as Rogaine1. In two recent studies1,2, Rosemary essential oil was mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into the scalp once a day.
The practice: For fuller hair, try mixing some Rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil like Jojoba or Coconut and massaging it into your scalp before shampooing.
- Scalp Health
In addition to what it can potentially do for your hair, Rosemary essential oil is a wonderful supportive remedy for itchy, dry scalps. Because Rosemary has the potential to balance the delicate balance that the skin of your scalp needs for optimum health, a little Rosemary essential oil (always mixed with a carrier oil) on the scalp can make your dry, itchy scalp feel calm and nourished.
The practice: Add a few drops of Rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner for a smoother, softer scalp.
Rosemary is excellent for memory. Rosemary has been historically associated with remembrance, and modern studies have supported these ancient claims. In one study3, participants that inhaled Rosemary essential oil showed a marked improvement on cognitive tasks, both in speed and accuracy.
The practice: Diffuse Rosemary essential oil whenever you need a boost in cognition and recall.
Rosemary essential oil has been studied for its antibacterial power against the bacteria that causes acne as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies4,5 show it to have potential to help both prohibit and soothe acne and its related inflammation.
The practice: Mix Rosemary and Tea Tree essential oil with either a carrier oil (like Jojoba) or Witch Hazel and apply gently to skin. These are powerful oils, please use the ratio of 6 drops per ounce of carrier for best results, and discontinue use if any irritation occurs. Rinse after applying with cool water.
The refreshing scent of Rosemary is a lovely one for any room, but it seems most at home in the kitchen. Add a few drops of Rosemary to your Meyer Lemon All Purpose Soap for a delicious scent. Rosemary’s antibacterial properties6 will only add to the cleaning power of the soap.
Rosemary is our reminder to cherish the wonderful memories we’ve created in our lives. A simple meditation of gratitude accompanied by the scent of Rosemary essential oil can create a feeling of warmth throughout our day. Allow yourself to bask in warm remembrance, and to envision how to create more loving memories for the future.
The practice: Diffuse Rosemary essential oil as you spend a few moments in quiet contemplation of the memories you’ve created, and those yet to come. Rosemary mixes beautifully with Peppermint if you’d like to add a little boost of happiness into your blend.
- Beautiful Scent
Rosemary is, as every essential oil truly is at its core, a gorgeous natural scent. It makes a cozy single note, and a beautiful heart note for any blend. Mix it with Peppermint for an uplifting, savory scent. Or, for a lighter blend, mix Rosemary with Lavender, Orange, and Bergamot for a bright, herbal blend.
The practice: Diffuse Rosemary alone or with other single notes to create a warm, herbal blend for any room in the house.
Whatever you use Rosemary essential oil for, it will infuse you and the world around you with warmth. Have a beautiful day, friends, and remember to be warm!
Want to read more about the studies we mentioned? Follow the links below to the studies.
- Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: a randomized comparative trial. Panahi Y, Taghizadeh M, Marzony ET, Sahebkar A., https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25842469
- Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Hay IC1, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9828867
- Plasma 1,8-cineole correlates with cognitive performance following exposure to rosemaryessential oil aroma. Moss M1, Oliver L. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23983963
- Rosmarinus officinalis extract suppresses Propionibacterium acnes-induced inflammatory responses. Tsai TH1, Chuang LT, Lien TJ, Liing YR, Chen WY, Tsai PJ. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23514231
- Investigation of antibacterial activity of rosemary essential oil against Propionibacterium acnes with atomic force microscopy. Fu Y1, Zu Y, Chen L, Efferth T, Liang H, Liu Z, Liu W. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17893831
- CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF SOME MEDICINAL PLANTS FROM LAMIACEAE FAMILY. Kozłowska M, Laudy AE, Przybył J, Ziarno M, Majewska E. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26647633