Rosemary is a favorite essential oil with many uses in aromatherapy. It is sometimes called the “dew of the sea.” Rosemary essential oil has a distinctive scent and is the most stimulating of all essential oils. It is strong, clean, refreshing, uplifting, and slightly minty with a hint of pine. Rosemary essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant.
Rosemary essential oil has a tightening effect on the skin due to its astringent properties. It is useful in the treatment of acne, dandruff, greasy scalp, varicose veins, and sagging skin. It is often used to promote hair growth and to prevent premature balding. Regular use of rosemary oil helps stimulate hair follicles resulting in stronger hair. Rosemary oil also slows down the graying of hair. When treating the scalp, combine with tea tree oil.
Rosemary essential oil energizes and stimulates the central nervous system. It clears the head, aids memory, relieves headaches, and can stop migraines associated with gastric upsets. Rosemary oil helps rid the body of cellulite and excess water. It helps gout and relieves tired aching muscles. Rosemary is also useful when treating anemia – combine with sweet marjoram for best results.
Rosemary is good for the respiratory and digestive systems. It can clear chest congestion and help rid the body of infection. It helps protect the liver from associated diseases such as hepatitis, jaundice, and cirrhosis. Rosemary also helps to improve gallbladder function.
Rosemary essential oil fights bad breath. Make gargle by combining a few drops with a cup of distilled water. Use often throughout the day.
Reach for rosemary essential oil when fighting fatigue. In aromatherapy it is used for treating lethargy, stress, forgetfulness, asthma, and sore muscles. Rosemary clears the mind, restores memory, and makes the mental processes sharper. When preparing for a test of any kind, take along a bottle of rosemary essential oil (the green herb works, too). When stumped on a question, inhale the scent of rosemary. It really helps!
Rosemary is considered the herb of fidelity, love, and abiding friendship. It is made into wedding wreaths and planted on graves. People burned rosemary during the plague to fight infection. It was even used in field hospitals during WWII as a kind of healing incense. The oil and the leaves have an antiseptic and purifying effect on stale air.
Rosemary has preservative qualities. In some cultures, people wrap meat in rosemary leaves to stop it from spoiling. People also spray a mixture of rosemary essential oil and water to remove bad odors from the air.