An origin from the Mediterranean, Rosemary! Not only is it used as a tasteful seasoning in that succulent roast chicken that’s commonly eaten during the festive holidays, but it is also used for its aromatic and medicinal properties.
Rosemary herb is also a good source of iron, calcium and vitamins A, C, and B-6 which is why it has many uses!
In this blog, we are going to be covering the top 5 best uses for Rosemary essential oil, but first, we are going to give a brief introduction about it!
Rosmarinus officinalis or ‘Rosemary’ as we know, is an evergreen shrub that has needle-like leaves. In herb form, the scent is described as fresh woody with a citrus undertone. However, as an essential oil, it smells totally different! Instead, the oil scent is a more camphorous, fresh and minty scent that has a sweet undertone. It usually appears transparent in colour.
Rosemary needle-like leaves
Its uses range from the F&B (Food and Beverage) to the medical industry. Though one of the most popular uses is in aromatherapy which mostly uses fragrant essential oils; it’s known to have anti-inflammatory properties, promote nerve growth, and improve circulation to name a few of its properties!
Here are the top 5 uses that it’s known for:
1. Natural Hair Growth
Rosemary is believed to help restore hair loss as indicated in this research. Another study in 2010 also indicates that rosemary oil when used, help in hair regrowth in people with alopecia condition.
To use, simply add 2-3 drops of Rosemary oil into your shampoo, then start by massaging it on your scalp while you’re showering and slowly wash it off. You can also make a scalp massage oil with it and apply it to your scalp as a pre-shampoo treatment.
2. May Improve Memory
Inhaling rosemary essential oil is believed to help improve memory. An experiment conducted by Northumbria University gathered 20 young adults who were asked math questions in a small room diffused with rosemary oil. The results showed that speed and accuracy increased in direct proportion to the duration the oil was diffused.
In another study, researchers found that their memory of images and numbers improved when smelling rosemary essential oil
3. Natural Energizer
Rosemary oil is commonly used in folk medicine for mental strain and fatigue as it contains stimulating properties.
In this particular research, 20 volunteers were tested with inhaling Rosemary oil resulted in a boost of mental alertness, concentration and attention. The increased alertness directly corresponds with changes in brain waves and increases in heart rate, breathing and blood pressure which will stimulate your body!
Simply apply diluted Rosemary oil onto your skin and gently massage it, as this method will help the stimulating properties reach your brain.
4. Refreshing Mouthwash
Rosemary naturally contains antimicrobial properties that will be an effective counter against bad breath. You can easily make a quick and easy mouthwash by diluting 1 drop of Rosemary oil to 1 tsp (5ml) of cider vinegar and then adding to 125ml of water. Be sure to stir thoroughly to properly disperse the oil.
Swish the mixture around the mouth several times, and then spit it all out. And just like that, all-natural fresh breath!
5. Your Mental Health Aid
As we all know, the daily stresses of life can really get to us. Sometimes all we need is a little self-care!
Rosemary contains calming properties that can reduce the stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol hormone is known to cause weight gain, oxidative stress, high blood pressure and heart disease.
By simply inhaling Rosemary from an open bottle, it’ll do wonders for your mental health!