A little trivia about Rosemary
Rosemary is a member of the mint family and has a woodsy, evergreen scent with hints of citrus. Its leaves resemble flat pine needs with a silver stripe down the centre and it has a lovely pastel coloured flower when in bloom.
Rosemary has become a staple in the kitchen for enhancing the flavours of potatoes and many meat dishes. So if you don’t have fresh rosemary in the house, use a drop or two of rosemary essential oil in your cooking instead.
*Caution: All essential oils are not created equal. Not all essential oils can be ingested. Make sure that the oils you are using are certified pure therapeutic grade and the label indicates that it/they are safe to take internally.
Using Rosemary Essential Oil in Your Everyday Life
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- Mental clarity: Rosemary’s soothing aroma is just the thing to clear your head. You will begin to feel less tense and your stress may also disappear. An added bonus is that inhaling rosemary essential oil can enhance your memory.
- Stress relief: Cortisol is one of the hormones released in a response to stress. When the body is under stress, the cortisol levels increase in the saliva. Try adding 3 or 4 drops of rosemary essential oil to your essential oil diffuser and feel the stress begin to leave your body.
- Anxiety relief: Add 2 drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oils into your diffuser to reduce anxiety — or alternatively — rub the drops into your palms and inhale deeply to produce a feeling of contentment.
- Increase your circulation: Mix a few drops of rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil) and rub into a cramped muscle or cold hands / feet to increase the circulation and ease muscle soreness.
- Aches and pains:
- Headaches: Rub a drop of rosemary essential oil into the temples or base of the skull and/or back of the neck. By increasing the circulation, the root cause of the headache might disappear. You can also add a drop or two to your palm, rub together and cup over your nose, inhaling deeply.
- Joint pain and arthritis: Massage the areas of soreness with a mix of rosemary essential oil and a carrier oil. Rosemary’s anti-inflammatory properties help to relieve the pain of aching joints or sprains.
- Coughs and colds: The antiseptic properties of rosemary essential oil can relieve symptoms of a cold/flu, cough and congestion. Dilute a few drops of rosemary essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into your chest and throat every couple of hours.
- Immunity boost: During cold and flu season, rosemary essential oil is a good choice due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. The lymphatic system is responsible for clearing the body of waste product and so, by massaging rosemary essential oil into the lymph nodes, the cleansing action is stimulated, thus boosting the detoxifying abilities of your body.
- Make a blend of a few drops of rosemary essential oil with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil. Massage upwardly into your arms to the lymph nodes in your armpits. Also rub from the centre of your chest towards the armpits and around the lower part of the neck.
- Indigestion buster: Massage your stomach area with a blend of a few drops of rosemary essential oil and 2 or 3 teaspoons of carrier oil to relieve cramps, bloating, constipation and flatulence. This method is gentler on your system than over the counter laxatives and/or other chemical digestive remedies.
- Shiny Hair and glowing skin:
- Antifungal properties make rosemary essential oil effective as a dandruff treatment. Add a few drops of oil to the amount of shampoo you would normally use and massage well into the scalp. (Do not use the oil on its own as it could cause additional flaking of your scalp).
- Rosemary essential oil can stimulate hair growth, especially if you live in a Mediterranean-type climate. (Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region.)
- The anti-bacterial properties will assist you in your fight against pimples and acne. Blend a teaspoon of carrier oil with 2 or 3 drops of rosemary oil and massage onto the offending areas. Rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel soft and a regular practice of this will help to clear up your skin.
- Glossy fur for your pet: Rub some diluted rosemary essential oil on your pet’s back as you pet him. This will produce a lovely glossy coat.
- Oral health: The anti-microbial properties of rosemary essential oil will kill off the bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay … and as an added bonus will get rid of bad breath.
- Make a mouthwash of one cup of water with 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. (Optionally) the addition of a drop or two of peppermint essential oil will give you a minty fresh feel as you swish.
One more tip …
Bugs be gone: Rosemary essential oil effectively repels mosquitos and other insects.
- In the garden:
Plant rosemary in your garden and get a lovely show of flowers. Not only is rosemary a natural insect repellent, but it attracts butterflies to your garden.For a natural insect repellent spray, mix 8-10 drops each of rosemary, peppermint, thyme and clove essential oils in a spray bottle. Fill with water. Shake well before spritzing to repel those pests. An added bonus is that this mixture will stop any fungus that may be attempting to affect your plants.
- In the house:
Place a few drops of rosemary essential oil around windows and doors to stop flies and other insects from entering your house.