Rosemary’s Secret: The Wealth of This Essential Oil Uncovered

Rosemary is more than just a beautiful name. In the ancient days, rosemary is associated with Aphrodite and Virgin Mary. Many stories say that when Virgin Mary rested and her cloak was spread over the white-blossomed rosemary bush, the white flowers of rosemary turned to blue.

Rosemary has a very long reputation for improving memory and it is used as a symbol for remembrance. In the middle ages, this herb is associated with wedding ceremonies, which evolved from then on into a love charm. In the earlier century, rosemary was used as love charm to attract a partner, or helps determine whether the person is the love one was looking for. An example of a story that associates rosemary as a form love charm is a story about a person who would tap someone with a rosemary sprig over their shoulder and if the sprig contained an open flower, the couple would fall in love.

Today, studies and research has uncovered many uses for our aged old rosemary herb. It has come a long way from a love charm and its traditional use. Studies show that rosemary possesses medicinal properties, as well as beauty benefits.

Rosemary is a small evergreen shrub of the mint family that prefers to grow on a hot and dry climate. It is used as an effective antiseptic and is also used as an ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes.

These days, several medicinal preparations contain rosemary essential oils. The oils of rosemary are obtained through steam distillation that produces a strong minty-scent than has a thin liquid consistency which is pale to yellow in color. Studies reveal that this oil contains Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Caryophyllene, Camphene, Bornyl acetate, Camphor, Cineole, Limonene, and Pinene.

Therapeutic benefits found in the use of rosemary essential oils include treatment of:

  • baldness/hair care: dandruff, greasy scalp, dry – damaged hair
  • aches and pains caused by muscle stiffness, muscle cramp, arthritis, rheumatism
  • poor muscle tone
  • poor circulation
  • low blood pressure
  • liver congestion
  • respiratory ailments such as allergies, cough, cold, sore throat and flu
  • bad odor in the mouth and other dental problems
  • problems caused by indigestion such as gas, flatulence, acidity and stomach cramps
  • Acne and dull skin
  • skin disorders such as eczema
  • sprains and strains
  • headache and fever

Aside from a list of the therapeutic benefits offered by rosemary essential oils, this oil is noted to be the secret of beautiful hair. Studies show rosemary essential oils help strengthen hair follicles making hair grow longer and stronger. Regular use of this oil slows down premature hair graying and hair loss. When mixed with basil oil, it is an excellent therapy for treatment of many scalp problems. This is one of the reasons why many hair care products like shampoos and lotions carry rosemary essential oil. It is also effective in treatment of dandruff and dry scaly and itchy scalp especial when mixed with tea tree oil.

Rosemary essential oil is also used extensively in aroma therapy as it boost mental alertness with its minty aroma it is a good remedy for depression and mental fatigue. It blends well with other oils like cedar wood, basil, cardamom, chamomile, geranium, lavender, lemon grass and frankincense.

Get to know more about rosemary, not only does it can be easily grown in your backyard, it provides multitude of uses that is proven to be beneficial to anyone at any time.