Essential Oils: Rosemary

We’ve all heard of the magical herb that adds flavor to our favorite dishes. However, rosemary is so much more than just a delicious addition to a meal. In fact, it has numerous health benefits that many people forget about. Whether you use the essential oil or the actual herb, the benefits are astonishing.


Background

Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis, is a small, evergreen plant. It actually belongs to the mint family. Yeah, threw me for a loop too. Rosemary has been used for centuries, dating all the way back to the Romans. In the middle ages, it was worn by brides during their wedding as a type of love charm. A German-Swiss physician used rosemary oil to heal delicate organs such as the liver, brain and heart. 

Benefits

Hair care. One of the most popular uses for rosemary is for the hair. It stimulates the follicles and promotes hair growth. A trial conducted in 2015 studied the effectiveness of rosemary oil. For six months, individuals used the oil. After those six months, it was determined that rosemary is just as effective against baldness as Minoxidil (that’s the chemical they use to treat baldness).
Brain booster. Rosemary is great to improve brain function. It can increase concentration and helps with memory.Numerous studies have been done on students and young adults to establish how rosemary effects testing and cognitive function. Like this one and this one. It is so effective, that research is now leaning toward how it can effect the onset of Alzheimer’s. 
Immune booster. That’s a lot of boost for one oil….anyway! Rosemary is also great for boosting the immune system. It is rich in antioxidants, which is one of the most powerful defensive measures our bodies have. However, rosemary isn’t just a preventative, it can also help to correct many issues. It can cleanse the liver and other organs to help improve overall health. 
Stress reducer. We all could use a little stress relief! Rosemary has been known to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body. That’s the stress hormone. Excess cortisol in the body can have a ridiculous amount of adverse effects. Y’all know stress causes all sorts of medical issues! Meikai University conducted a study with lavender and rosemary. They found that both oils significantly reduced cortisol levels. Less stress can fix and prevent many common medical issues.
Insect repellent. The state bird of Alabama…mosquitoes. Probably the worst thing to ever happen to this world. Don’t know a single good thing about them honestly. Luckily, rosemary can help with that too! When used against other essential oils, rosemary lasted the longest and repelled 100% of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (those are the ones that carry the Zika virus). Rosemary was also effective against ticks

Application

I personally love the smell of rosemary. However, it can be a little stout for some people. Topically, the easiest way to reap the benefits is to add it to your personal care products. I have it in my shampoo and acne wash. Rosemary is also good for skin care!
Diffusing is of course the overall easiest method. Just be careful because like I mentioned, it can get a little stout. Still a pleasant aroma, but a bit much for some people.
Rosemary is one of the few oils I have actually used internally. It is great for cooking if you are out of herbs. A drop goes a LONG way, so don’t over do it. Other than in a few recipes, I haven’t ever ingested it.

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