Add to dictionary officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. Many dishes are cooked with rosemary oil and its freshly plucked leaves. Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the leaves. The rosemary bush belongs to the mint family which includes basil, lavender, myrtle, and sage.
Smells like a sweet pine tree
Provides relief from respiratory infections, makes hair grow longer and stronger, removes bad breath and oral bacteria, tones skin, removes dryness, prevents acne, boosts immune system, boosts mental activity, helps with stress and depression, reduces herpes virus infection, stimulates blood circulation, relieves pain, cures indigestion and relieves constipation and bloating.
Rosemary essential oils has been extensively used since ancient times for a variety of purposes. The Romans gave special importance to the rosemary plant and used it frequently in religious ceremonies. It was also used during wedding ceremonies, food preparations, cosmetics, aromatherapy, and medicinal herbal products. Rosemary plant and its extracts were used by the ancient Egyptian civilization as incense. Relatively new is the essential oils inhaler which allows for a power inhalation to enhance the effects of the oils.
To improve memory, mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and rub on upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.
For an invigorating massage, mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub on sore muscles and aching joints.
To improve hair growth, apply 3 to 5 drops to your scalp. Rub it in and allow the oil to sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. Or add 5 to 10 drops to shampoo or conditioner.
For healthier looking skin, add 1 to 2 drops of rosemary oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil, and massage in thoroughly to your face. Wash off with a warm washcloth.
The smell of rosemary is my favorite use of it. It instantly helps you focus with a clear mind.