Along with its distinctly stimulating aroma, rosemary oil (rosmarinus officinalis) packs valuable regenerative effects. The distinctly fragrant evergreen herb has long been cultivated for it’s many medicinal, traditional, and culinary uses. And like other essential oils, rosemary oil has many benefits, uses, and precautions*.
Rosemary oil’s main areas of function are within cell renewal and pain relief. It is effective in other ways as well, but the major uses fall within these two fields.
An interesting historical fact about rosemary is that it was used as a staple in weddings during the medieval era, due to its symbolization for love.
Nerve Pain Reliever
Applied topically, it can be used to calm sporadic nerve pain. Simply place a few drops with an effective carrier, such as emu oil, and massage over the problem area.
The antiseptic properties make it a viable treatment for skin ailments. Eczema is one such condition rosemary oil is effective at treating. The antibacterial properties make it effective with acne treatment, cleaning the face and preventing blemishes. It is also good at lessening the appearance of scars and scar healing.
Hair and Scalp
The regenerative properties make rosemary oil a good treatment for damaged hair follicles. There are reports of new hair growth from rosemary oil use. It improves circulation and increases blood flow to the scalp; it also conditions the hair, producing shiny smooth results. It is also an effective dandruff treatment.
One hair treatment with coconut oil is to use a ratio of 2-4 drops of rosemary oil mixed within two tablespoons of coconut oil.
Massage a drop or two around the temple areas for relief from a throbbing headache.
The same process as with headache relief; massage a few drops over sore, aching muscles.
It can go into making homemade deodorants with the assets of bacteria-fighting and pleasant odor.
When inhaled, rosemary oil can induce a mental stimulation as well as open up the air passages. It considerably treats depression, improves memory and learning. For a stimulating jolt, place 1-2 drops of rosemary oil on the palm, rub hands together as to distribute the oil, then clasp over the nose and mouth and inhale through the nostrils.
Expectorant and Sinus Relief
It acts as an expectorant, which makes it great for treating phlegm and congestion. One way to do this is to run a faucet until it is at its hottest (you want lots of steam), fill a mug 2/3rds of the way, and place a few drops. Breathe in the steam. Results are significantly improved with the help of peppermint oil.
With the help of a diffuser, the fresh aroma of rosemary excellently wards off the unpleasant damp, dull, or stifled stuffy room.
*Caution: possible allergic reaction
Beginners beware to test your reaction to rosemary oil before using with wide applications. Like all essential oils, the potency needs adjustment. Dilute accordingly. You may have a reaction. Reactions are rare, but not unheard of.