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Rosemary is such a beautiful and aromatic herb. Used in cooking and as an essential oil, it’s a remarkable plant. It’s got a fresh, clean scent that’s energizing, and uplifting bringing a smile to your face.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or certified aromatherapist. Please use your essential oils with caution. Read full disclaimer here.
It’s no secret that Rosemary essential oil makes a wonderful addition to your cooking dishes but you may not know of the benefits that come with using it as an essential oil.
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A Little History
The Rosemary plant is native to the Mediterranean region and now cultivated worldwide. It is one of the earliest plants to be used for food, medicine, and is considered sacred in many civilizations.
It has been used for memory and the brain by the Arabians and Greeks.
Rosemary grows to between 2 and 6 feet with needle-shaped leaves and blue flowers. The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the flowers and leaves. This plant is incredibly aromatic and often burned as incense.
Interesting fact, during the Great Plague of 1665, rosemary was carried in pouches and on the handles of walking sticks when people traveled through infected areas.
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Topical and Olfactory Uses
Rosemary essential oil benefits include helping with respiratory and circulatory issues, and muscular pain. Medicianlly, it’s been used a an antifungal, an analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, parasiticide, expectorant, detoxifier, mood lifter, antiheumatic, antiseptic, deodorant, disinfectant, and memory booster. This list is not exhaustive.
Benefits of rosemary essential oil for the skin can do wonders. It has been added to shampoo and other hair products as it’s a stimulant for the hair follicles. Many facial products use Rosemary essential oil in their recipes due to being a skin rejuventor.
When mixed with other oils or even used alone, it makes a great insect repellent. Check out my Peppermint Essential Oil post for an amazing bug repellent recipe.
If you have trouble with cats spraying around your yard or porch, try putting 8-10 drops of rosemary essential oil in a water bottle filled 3/4 of the way with water and a few holes cut out for venting. I used this and it works. Cats do not like the smell of this oil.
Beautiful Rosemary branches
Rosemary essential oil pairs well with Lavender, Sweet Orange, Sage, Bergamot, Pine, Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Black Pepper.
It’s important to note that Rosemary essential oil should not be used by people who are prone to epileptic seizures. Pregnant and nursing women should steer clear of this oil.
I hope you’ve been inspired to use Rosemary essential oil in your daily routine. If you have other uses for it or maybe your own blend you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment.
Have a blessed day!