Uses of Rosemary Oil that You May Not Know

· December 29, 2014

This shrub is truly excellent for various diseases and illnesses. You can use it in different ways, such as to make tea, however its essential oil has amazing esthetic and health powers. Find out what the uses of rosemary oil are in the following article.

Facts on Rosemary Oil

This plant has been used for thousands of years. There are remains that show that in the age of the Egyptians its power for many uses was already known. It has always been very valued for its curative as well as esthetic properties. They believe that in the year 500 a.C. it was part of the Greek and Roman diet, and was a great medicinal plant as well. Currently, most of the production of rosemary (to turn it into oil later) comes from Spain, France, and Morocco, although it can be grown in temperate climates with no problems.

Rosemary oil is therapeutic and it has medicinal uses. Its extraction is developed via the distillation of the plant’s oils. It is intense, very concentrated, and is never used in its pure form but rather diluted in other components.


The Best Uses of Rosemary Oil

One of the main uses of rosemary oil is that it is an excellent anti-ager. Mix it with spearmint and then apply it to your skin. It has an instant effect and is better than any cream you can buy. It also relaxes your cutis and allows your skin cells to hydrate, which improves your appearance in minutes. Many people use rosemary as a cosmetic treatment, because its benefits are huge: it offers freshness, elasticity, shine, cell protection, all due to its high dosis of antioxidants.

Rosemary oil also has calming and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is highly used by sports medicine for massages on athletes with overworked muscles or injuries. It helps improve the general state with circular movements or by being absorbed by pores. That’s the reason why it is a good alternative to reduce inflammations caused by arthritis, rheumatoid, or hemorrhoids.

Rosemary oil has a great antiseptic and antibiotic power. It can be used when you have superficial wounds, domestic cuts, scrapes, etc. It will not allow bacteria or dirt to get into the wound and cause an infection. It is a huge healer and kills microorganisms so that your skin can regenerate. Wounds will close much faster and the area will heal perfectly with no marks.


Rosemary oil has been used to improve your hair‘s general state for a long time, no matter if you have oily or dry hair. You can use it as if it were shampoo or some small drops in your shampoo to clean your hair from your scalp to the ends. It use in cosmetics is more and more extensive and many capillary treatments, as well as creams and lotions, contain rosemary extract or its direct oil.

You can make a powerful toothpaste by using essential rosemary oil because it will help you eliminate bad breath caused by excess bacteria in your mouth. It will also leave you with a fresh and delicious aroma.

Rosemary oil can be used to treat respiratory problems by inhaling it for people that suffer from congestion in the nasal cavities, colds, flus, or allergies. You can also apply a drop to each side of your nose to breath it in and “unclog it”.

Another benefit that the oil of this plant is that it improves and increases mental clarity, combats stress and depression, reduces tension and anxiety, etc. It improves your mood and also increases energy levels.

Because of its stimulating and invigorating effects, it helps improve blood circulation and also strengthens the immune system, which is why it acts as a prevention for diseases, for both the respiratory and digestive system, it helps treat diarrhea or constipation by massaging it on the stomach and lower belly. If you massage it on your back, it helps eliminate fluid from the body. Because it has diuretic properties, it is used to treat jaundice.


It is great for women with menstrual pains. You can apply a few drops and a hot cloth, for example, or massage it to increase the temperature in this area. It is perfect for de-swelling and reducing headaches as well.

If you mix it with other essential oils like almond, rosemary oil is great to treat baldness or hair loss, as well as seborrheic dermatitis. Just do small circular massages on your scalp and let sit for a few minutes before washing.

Contraindications of Rosemary Oil

Since it stimulates the nervous system, rosemary oil should not be used on people that suffer from hypertension or epilepsy. It should also be avoided by pregnant women (it was traditionally used to induce labor). People that have sensitive skin should avoid using it because it is a concentrated and stimulant oil in excess. If it is not well diluted, it can cause skin irritation, itching, burning, and inflammation. Do not eat it and also use it under a doctor’s supervision or alternative therapy.

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