What is rosemary oil good for?
The benefits of rosemary essential oil for skin care, hair growth, and overall health are amazing! Whatever method you choose to apply, this oil will leave your skin with a lingering floral, fresh, and stimulating smell. You gain from its aromatherapy effects because of its scent! Focus and cognitive function are two advantages of aromatherapy.
5 key health benefits of Rosemary essential Oil:
- Stimulates Hair Growth
- Skin Care
- Improve Cognitive Function
- Increase Blood Circulation
- Stress & Pain relief
Read now how to use Rosemary oil for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing
Stimulates Hair Growth
Can this essential oil regrow hair?
Recent studies prove that rosemary directly prevents and treats hair loss. Rosemary oil has been tested on humans with andogenetic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness). Positive results show that it works like minoxidil, also popularly known as Rogaine.
3 easy ways you can use rosemary essential oil for hair growth.
- Add 2-3 drops of oil into your shampoo bottle
- Massage it directly onto your scalp. Mix 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil (eg. Coconut oil) and massage it thoroughly on your scalp. Leave in for 15 minutes and rinse it out thoroughly with shampoo.
- Add 2 drops of rosemary oil directly onto your hair brush and brush your hair thoroughly, always starting from the scalp.
This oil is a must-have essential oil if you like to combine skin care with an energizing and fresh long lasting scent. It softens your skin and gives a natural glow, without leaving the skin oily.
Mix 1 drop of rosemary oil with your daily face cream and use it to moisturize your face as you usually do. You will notice that it deeply cleanses your skin and with deep healing it leaves your skin super refreshed. Moreover, the antioxidants of its compounds will remove toxins from your complexion, as well as improve the blood circulation and trigger lymphatic drainage.
Recipe for DIY Face & Body moisturizer
You can create your own face moisturizer oil with these carrier oils and by adding rosemary oil along with some complimentary essential oils. Floral and citrus essential oils are the best to combine with rosemary essential oil, such as, lavender, ylang ylang, neroli, and orange.
In a glass jar, add 50ml carrier oil, 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil (and 1-2 drops of up to 3 compimentary essential oils of your choice.) Mix it well and use the tiniest amount to apply on the skin.
This is an amazing natural method to moisturize the skin on the rest of your body too.
What happens if you put rosemary oil directly on skin?
Avoid using this essential oil undiluted on your face, as it may cause an uncomfortable burning sensation, as well as skin irritation. The best way to use rosemary essential oil on your face is to dilute it either as mentioned above with a face cream, or carrier oil. There are some fantastic carrier oils that have powerful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. Some examples are coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, calendula oil etc.
If you combine citrus essential oils to your diy face cream, remember to only use it during the night. Avoid exposing your skin with citrus essential oils during day light, as it can cause photosensitivity and even damage your skin.
Rosemary oil Improves Cognitive Function
Recent studies published in the International Journal of Neuroscience evaluated the cognitive performance of 144 participants when using this essential oil for aromatherapy. It found that rosemary significantly enhanced the quality of memory and increased mental alertness.
Psychogeriatrics have released the results of tests on the effects of rosemary aromatherapy on elderly people and patients battling dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They discovered that Rosemary oil used in aromatherapy prevents and slows Alzheimer’s disease.
Rosemary has been used in ancient Greece and Rome as a sacred herb, not only for blessings but also to increase their focus. Shakespeare writes rosemary is for remembrance in Ophelia’s famous speech in Act IV of Hamlet:
There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
Pray you, love, remember.
And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts …
There’s fennel for you, and columbines.
There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me.
We may call it “herb of grace” o’ Sundays.
– Oh, you must wear your rue with a difference.
There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets,
But they withered all when my father died.
It is truly fascinating to see how herbs have had their impact on human well being for thousands of years.
Add rosemary essential oil to your diffuser in your home, or directly hold the essential oil bottle under your nose and inhale a few times to get the therapeutic aromatherapy effects. Not only will you feel more alert, you will also feel more energized and calm.
Rosemary Oil Increases Blood Circulation
Rosemary essential oil improves blood circulation and warms the body. This is a natural painkiller if you suffer from arthritic, rheumatic, joint and muscle pains. Furthermore, because it promotes blood circulation, it can help improve heart health and increase blood pressure if it is low. You will feel less fatigued throughout the day with its long lasting effects.
Simply add 2-3 drops of rosemary oil in 50ml carrier oil and gently massage wherever you have pain. Do not wash it off, let it absorb.
Rosemary Oil for Stress & Pain relief
Apply a diluted drop of rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil on the centre of your collar bone. This is the easiest way to benefit from the aromatherapy effects while you are at work or generally don’t have a lot of time to sit at home with a diffuser on.
Due to a busy routine, you may feel anxious, stressed and fatigued, as well as muscle pain because stress makes the muscles tense up.
Muscle pain is caused by our emotional well being more often than we realise.
A hot bath with 5-6 drops of rosemary essential oil can relieve muscle and joint pain, as well as stress.
A massage with 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil mixed with a carrier oil or body lotion will warm up the muscles and relieve tension and pain.
Should this esential oil be used daily?
You can use rosemary oil daily in aromatherapy and in massage therapy for stress and pain relief. However, for skin care it should be used as much as you feel comfortable with and for hair growth it should be used up to twice a week when you wash your hair.
To prevent hair loss, wash your hair less often. It is best to wash your hair once a week and to train your hair to even go up until 10 days without washing with shampoo. In the beginning it will be hard, especially if you are used to washing your hair daily or 3-4 times a week. With time and patience, your hair will get used to the change of routine and you will notice it getting thicker, shinier, healthier and stronger!