We are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We are continuing with Rosemary Essential Oil.
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Rosemary Essential Oil has a pungent and pine-like aroma accompanied by camphor. It comes from Rosemarinus officinalis. Rosemary can grow to heights of 5-6 feet.
Steam distillation is the most common method of extracting the essential oil.
Depending on where the oil is coming from, it may smell similar to Eucalyptus (Spain and North Africa) or more like Frankicense (France). There are a few different varieties of Rosemary, some of which include the cineol type and the camphor type.
Rosemary was one of the first plants in the world used for medicine, food and religious rituals.
According to old “flower lore”, rosemary means “remembrance”. This is probably because of the effects Rosemary has on memory. It is a great study aid for students or anyone wishing to improve the memory of they are studying. If you have a big presentation at work, use Rosemary essential oil while you prepare to help improve concentration and retention. This can be done by diffusing a drop or two in the air while you study or work.
Rosemary has been used in treatments for arthritis. You can add a drop to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the areas where you are experiencing pain and inflammation. This also works for sprains, muscle spasms and aches.
You can also use this dilution to treat headaches. Simply massage the diluted oil into the temples or along the scalp where you feel the headache the most.
This dilution also works well to relieve gas and improve digestion. Massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen.
If you have a cough and cold you can use Rosemary in a similar way as Eucalyptus. Diffusing a few drops into the air can help clear the lungs and sinuses.
Massaging the diluted oil onto the skin or scalp can help treat the itching and inflammation caused by psoriasis, eczema, and other types of dermatitis.
For beauty benefits, you can employ Rosemary oil to help stimulate cell renewal. It is great for mature skin, eases lines and wrinkles. Always dilute Rosemary oil for topical application. It also helps to heal minor wounds and burns. Diluted Rosemary oil also clears acne, blemished and dull, dry skin. It fights acne bacteria and regulates oil production.
For mental fatigue, diffusing Rosemary essential oil can provide swift relief. It can also help you cope with stress and nerves. It balances intense emotions which is a great way to cope with anger and control mood-swings.
It has been known to help depression. You can diffuse it in a diffuser or wear a drop in diffuser jewelry.
A word of caution: camphor type Rosemary essential oil should not be used by epileptics or those prone to seizures. As such you should always consult a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner before beginning any aromatherapy or alternative medical treatment. These suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner.