Why You Need Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods. Rosemary, and its oil, also have many health benefits.
Rosemary supports healthy digestion and internal organ function. Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue. Here are just a few reasons why I keep rosemary essential oil in my kitchen and bathroom.
Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil
1. For Cooking
Rosemary essential oil can be used as a substitute in your favorite rosemary-infused dishes. If you have a favorite recipe that calls for rosemary, you can easily add one to two drops of rosemary essential oil to meats or traditional entrees in order to add flavor and to support healthy digestion.
To use: try this rosemary zucchini fettuccine recipe for a satisfying dinner at home,
2. For Attention and Focus
Rosemary has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent. The herbaceous, energizing aroma of rosemary essential oil makes it the perfect companion for citrus oils like wild orange or lemon.
To use: to help you and your kids finish the school year strong, diffuse Rosemary while studying to maintain concentration.
3. For Relaxation
Trying to relax? Let the renewing properties of rosemary oil soothe your body and soul at the end of a long day by creating a relaxing essential oil bath. Rosemary essential oil can also be taken internally to help reduce occasional fatigue and nervous tension. Simply add a few drops of rosemary oil to a veggie capsule or a glass of water.
4. For Healthy Hair
Rosemary oil can be helpful for promoting full, healthy-looking hair. When you want an abundant-looking head of hair, consider using rosemary oil and give yourself a stimulating scalp massage.
To use: want to make your own essential oil dry shampoo? The DIY dry shampoo tutorial below, brings together the sweet scents of lavender, rosemary, and peppermint essential oil to keep your hair looking and smelling great when you don’t have time to wash it:
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops rosemary oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- Put all ingredients in food processor. Pulse until well combined.
- Store in amber glass jar.
- Apply powder to roots and oily parts of hair using clean makeup brush.
Tip: for darker hair, change arrowroot powder to just 2 tablespoons and add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
5. For Pain Relief
Rosemary is a well-known oil for its ability to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Use it to address sore muscles and joints.
To use: mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil and rub on an area that hurts.
6. As Insect Repellent
As an alternative to bug sprays that contain DEET, rosemary can actually be used to naturally repel insects. Here is a recipe that I found from Wellness Mama:
- 30 drops geranium oil
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus oil
- 20 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
- ½ cup natural witch hazel
- ½ cup water (or vinegar)
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional, it helps everything stay combined)
- Mix oils together in an amber spray bottle, then fill with rubbing alcohol. Shake well.
- Add witch hazel. Shake well.
- Add vegetable glycerin (if using).
- Add water. Shake well.
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