Rosemary, a very popular herb in the western culture, is a woody herb with needle-like leaves and pink, purple or blue flowers. It is native to southern Europe and is a member of the mint family. Read on to learn how to use rosemary oil for hair care, skincare, to increase memory, pain relief, and general household purposes.
Interestingly, Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “There’s rosemary for remembrance,” since medicinally, its leaves and stems were crushed and made into a tea to calm the nerves and strengthen the mind, especially memory. Rosemary has been used for centuries in cooking and for its medicinal properties to improve memory, cure digestive problems, boost the immune system and relieve aches and pains.
It is used in citrus colognes, oriental perfumes, herbal deodorants, disinfectants, room sprays, and soaps. It is used in aromatherapy as clarifying and invigorating oil. It helps our brain perform well by relaxing our minds.
Rosemary oil is extracted from flowering tops of the shrub using steam distillation. Rosemary oil is a middle-to-top note oil and its aroma is strong, herbaceous, medicinal, sweet, and strong.
Rosemary oil is rich with benefits and is known to have analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant and Immune-system supporting properties. These numerous properties make it useful for a number of applications in any household.
The most effective way to use essential oils is externally through the skin and by inhalation.
Inhalation is when the essential oil is breathed directly into the system.
Diffuser: One of the best ways to receive the therapeutic benefits of rosemary essential oil is to use it in a diffuser or vaporizer. Pour a few drops of rosemary oil into the diffuser as per the instructions.
Essential Energy Blend: To get a dose of energy, use a blend of 12 drops of bergamot essential oil with 8 drops of rosemary essential oil in the diffuser.
Direct Inhale: Another simple way to inhale rosemary oil is to open the bottle and breathe in. Alternately, you can place a few drops on a cloth or tissue and hold it near your nose to inhale.
Rosemary oil or other essential oil, when are applied topically, is absorbed into the bloodstream through our pores and hair follicles. This can be achieved in many different ways.
To apply rosemary oil topically, dilute it with a carrier oil to a maximum of 2-4% dilution for adults and 1% for children and elders. For 2% dilution, add 2 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon.
Massage: Make a massage oil as per dilution instructions. Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience. Use massage as a method to nourish your hair with rosemary oil.
Rosemary oil is widely used in hair care products since it stimulates hair growth, controls dandruff, and balances the oil on the scalp. A study published in 2015, provided evidence with respect to the efficacy of rosemary oil in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.
Add rosemary oil to your daily hair care products such as shampoo to receive the benefits of rosemary oil for hair growth. Add a few drops of rosemary oil to shampoo before applying it on your scalp and massage with it on your scalp.
Add 5 drops of rosemary oil to ¼ cup of olive oil and apply it to the scalp. On dry hair, massage the scalp with the oil mixture and wrap head in a scarf. Leave the treatment on all night and wash out in the morning.
Mix 2 drops each of rosemary and tea tree oil to 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Now add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the mixture. Store in a glass jar.
Apply the scalp detox mixture to the top of your head using an applicator brush or comb when your hair is dry. Wrap head in a warm towel and allow the treatment to sit on the scalp for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Healthy hair depends upon a number of factors including diet, hair nourishment among others. One such factor is regularly stimulating the circulation on your scalp. It ensures a healthy head of hair.
For the best results, when shampooing your hair, massage your scalp in a circular motion for around 3-5 minutes.
Recipe 1 – Invigorating Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo
Add 16 drops of rosemary oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil to ½ cup castile soap. Add ½ cup of filtered water to the mixture. Shake well to mix all the ingredients. Use as a regular shampoo.
Take 12 tablespoons of unscented organic shampoo base in a mixing bowl. Now add 10 drops of geranium oil, 20 drops of lavender oil, 20 drops of rosemary oil and 10 drops of ylang-ylang oil and stir to blend well with a glass stirrer. Store it in a squeeze bottle or pump dispensing bottle.
Use it as a regular shampoo. Remember to massage the scalp thoroughly and wash through hair.
You may customize the recipe as per your personal needs. Add 6 drops of tea tree oil in case you have dandruff, 5 drops of rosewood in case of split ends, and 5 drops of cypress oil in case of oily hair.
Massage your scalp for few minutes with a blend of 6 drops each of rosemary and tea tree oil in 60 ml evening primrose oil. Rinse off your hair after some time.
Rosemary works as an astringent for the skin, tightening and toning it. It is antibacterial and a good oil to use for acne, eczema, and athlete’s foot.
Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil in 1 tablespoon of shea butter. Mix all the ingredients well and massage under your eyes in a circular motion with your fingertips.
Melt ½ cup shea butter in a small pan over low heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons avocado oil. Remove from heat and place in a bowl. Allow it to cool slightly and place in your freezer for 15-20 minutes. Add in the 15 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of rosemary oil, 3 drops of tea tree oil and 3 drops of carrot seed oil. Whip mixture for a minute. Transfer into a jar.
Break open 6 activated charcoal capsules over a glass bowl. Next, add 1 cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoon baking soda to the charcoal and mix together. Now, add in the 5 drops of each of lavender and rosemary essential oils and stir.
Pour the facial cleanser into the glass jar and cap with a lid. When ready to use, slather over damp skin and allow to sit for a minute or two. Wipe away with a warm washcloth.
Rosemary oil helps with nervous exhaustion, clears the cobwebs out of your mind, and assists with concentration, especially when you need to make decisions.
Fill a small saucepan ¼ of the way with filtered water. Heat until steaming. Add in the essential oil of your choice and allow it to simmer until water is almost evaporated before turning the heat off. Enjoy the aroma of focus-infused essential oils throughout your home.
For a headache remedy, mix well 1 drop each of rosemary oil and peppermint oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply the oil mixture to temples, forehead, and base of the neck.
Rosemary oil has been found to strengthen the respiratory system during colds, flu, asthma, or bronchitis.
Use the blend once you start feeling the beginnings of a cold. Add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 1 drop of lemon oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil in 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil. Massage with the blend onto neck, chest, and sinus area (forehead, nose, cheek).
Melt ¼ cup of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of beeswax using the double-boiler method. Now add 20 drops of peppermint oil, 15 drops of eucalyptus oil and 15 drops of rosemary oil in it. Pour the chest rub into the container and allow to sit until firm.
Mix 3 drops of juniper essential oil, 2 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of rosemary oil in 30 ml of sweet almond oil in a glass jar. Rub onto sore, achy feet anytime you desire.
Add 1 cup of witch hazel and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Next, add 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap with the 2 teaspoons of baking soda when done. Last, add the 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of rosemary oil and shake the spray well before its use.
Spray on surfaces, and wipe off after allowing to settle for a few seconds. Tea tree oil and witch hazel give it an antibacterial aspect, while the rosemary helps with air cleansing and respiratory circulation.
Combine 5 drops of each of lavender oil, lemon oil and rosemary oil and 2 tablespoons of vodka in ¾ cup water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Always use proper dilution as per instructions.
People who have epilepsy, or are prone to seizures, or are pregnant should not use rosemary because of its camphor content. Consult your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, are nursing, are taking medications, have high blood pressure, or are being treated for other health challenges.
In case you are interested in reading more about rosemary oil, please go through the rosemary oil profile to know about the rosemary plant, history, and characteristics, composition, properties and usages of rosemary oil.
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