5 Ways to Use Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil is one of our favorites because it’s so useful in so many ways. Most people know rosemary as a prevalent herb in Mediterranean cuisine. The scent of rosemary essential oil brings the flavor of the herb straight to mind: sharp but earthy at the same time. The oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant.
Here are our top five ways to use this amazing oil:
Rosemary is one of the essential oils I reach for when I’m feeling tired and unfocused, but still have a lot of work to do. It gives me the energy and concentration to finish up my tasks and still want to go home and make dinner! An Aroma Inhaler is a great way to use rosemary for this purpose. You could also put a few drops on a hankie and leave it on your desk or near where you’re working.
Along those lines: Studies have shown that Rosemary essential oil enhances memory and brain function. Use as suggested above or dab a little diluted oil on the inside of your wrist before going to class for a big test or if you have a big decision to make.
Rosemary essential oil is good for relieving tight muscles after exertion due to hard work or exercise. To remedy pain and tightness, mix 4 ounces of carrier oil, 4 drops Rosemary, 4 drops Lavender, 3 drops Sweet Marjoram and 2 drops Ginger. Massage into sore muscles or use a few drops in a hot bath to relieve the tension.
Rosemary oil will help you get rid of dandruff, help to slow hair loss and thicken hair. To treat thinning hair, mix 4 ounces of Jojoba oil, 10 drops Rosemary, 10 drops Lavender and 5 drops Clary Sage. Massage a few drops of this mixture into your scalp daily. If you have oily hair and skin, you can use less oil or do it only once or twice a week. You could also sprinkle a few drops of Rosemary oil on your hairbrush when you brush your hair to add luster and shine. It will make your hair smell great (and will stimulate your brain activity to boot)!
Natural Acne Remedy
Since rosemary is antiseptic, it is a great natural acne remedy. Here are a couple of recipes to try: Mix 1 ounce of Jojoba with 5 drops Rosemary essential oil, 5 drops Tea Tree oil, 5 drops Lavender and 3 drops of Lemon. Use this as a spot treatment to relieve and heal blemishes. For a good mask, add a half an ounce of honey to a couple drops each of Rosemary and Lavender. Mix well and smooth onto your face. Relax for 10-30 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Not only will it help you get rid of your pimples, this mask will make you feel as if you’re at the day spa!
Given its antifungal and antibacterial properties, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rosemary oil makes a great deodorant. Here is a recipe for a spray: Mix 4 ounces apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons grain alcohol, 10 drops Rosemary, 10 drops Lavender, 6 drops Sandalwood, 6 drops Lemon and two cups of distilled water in a spritzer. This will also serve to cool you off on these hot days of August. You could also use a few drops of this mixture in a foot bath to soothe and deodorize tired feet.