Rosemary is a herb commonly used in cooking but you may not know of its many perks as an essential oil. We break down the top uses of this natural beauty.
Rosemary has long been a symbol of love, loyalty and eternity. The plant also became known as a symbol of remembrance. In the middle ages, brides wore rosemary wreaths and carried rosemary bouquets to show that they would always remember their families. During funerals, mourners threw fresh rosemary into the grave to signify that the dead would not be forgotten.
The properties of rosemary were used to fight illness and prevent sickness. The herb used to be carried when travelling through infected areas and was burned in hospitals during World War II to kill germs.
One of the first essential oils to be distilled, in the year 1330, the essential oil is obtained from both the flowers and leaves. From practical to healing benefits, rosemary carries with it many qualities.
Helps to beat the bloat
Rosemary essential oil is often helpful in the aid of digestion, relieving cramps, constipation and bloating. Research has shown it also helps to detoxify the liver, and help with the creation of bile. It can also stimulate circulation, helping absorb nutrients from food. It can also aid in stimulating a faster metabolism as it stimulates the nerves.
Boost your immunity
There was a reason it was used to ward off illness in the past, as it is a defensive weapon to fight off infection. Rosemary has been found to simulate the activity of antioxidants which helps our bodies fight off disease. Regular use of it or inhaling it can increase the strength of the immune system, helping prevent illnesses before they even start. Rosemary oil is a great tool to use in aromatherapy to stimulate the flow of these antioxidants.
Breathe in, breathe out
There is supported research that shows rosemary is useful in treating respiratory problems. The scent of the oil has been shown to give relief from throat congestion, and can be used in the treatment of respiratory allergies, colds, sore throats and flu. Since rosemary oil also has antiseptic qualities, it is also effective for respiratory infections.
The vapours open up the sinus and airway passages, helping to deepen breathing and improve mental clarity.
Rosemary oil is used in many hair care products as regular use is meant to stimulate hair follicles and make hair grow stronger. It is also beneficial for skin conditions and can help reduce eczema and acne. As it is a very warming, stimulating oil, it can be used with massage to help tone the skin, reduce dryness, remove cellulite and aid in lymph drainage.
How to use it:
- Drink the benefits of rosemary in our Vitality tea
- Include rosemary sprigs to red meat dishes in aid of digestion
- Add 2 – 3 drops to a bowl or sink of warm water, cover your head with a towel and lean over with your face about 10 inches away. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose for about one minute
- Add a few drops to your humidifier or as room spray, with about four drops in a cup of warm water
- Apply directly onto the skin with a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil, as it can be too strong on its own
- Add a few drops to your face or body moisturizer
- Use in the bath or shower, adding about eight drops in the running water or on a sponge.
Cautions: Rosemary is a strong oil so it should only be used in small amounts and never ingested. Rosemary oil should be avoided by people prone to epileptic seizures, and those pregnant or breastfeeding.