Rosmarinus Officinalis, or Rosemary, is a member of the mint family. Rosemary is known widely as an herb used in cooking. But did you know that since ancient times, it has been used to benefit the human body in many, many more ways?
Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant. Because the oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial…there are many wonderful ways in which you can incorporate Rosemary into your skin and body care.
When used on the skin in soaps, lotions and bath products, Rosemary will help tone your skin and retain your natural moisture. It smells great by itself but can be combined with other essential oils and botanicals to tantalize your senses and give you a truly relaxing and beautifying feeling.
Rosemary is known to stimulate the brain! The aroma is a great addition to any students’ study corner because it stimulates brain activity and makes you feel alive and awake. Put a couple drops in a diffuser or in a bowl of steaming water and just inhale it’s wonderful aroma. You can even put a few drops into a spritzer bottle to keep handy and give your surroundings a bit of a spritz!
If you do not have rosemary oil, get a rosemary plant and pluck off some leaves to make potpourri.
When added to shampoos, rosemary oil will tingle your follicles and strengthen them! It’s wonderful for dry scalp and getting rid of pesky dandruff! Massage a bit of oil onto the scalp and give your head a wonderful treat!
I keep a rosemary plant on my window sill to clip leaves and season foods like chicken, lamb and pork. This is nothing new of course, but did you know that rosemary leaves when chewed are great for gas, indigestion, stomach cramps and upset stomach?
Women can also benefit by chewing rosemary leaves when experiencing PMS, cramps and bladder discomfort.
Chewing the leaves will not only alleviate a sour stomach, but will freshen your breath as well! It is even said to help with sore gums and gingivitis pain.
There are also many household uses for rosemary oil! If you place a few drops onto a cotton ball and hang it in a closet, it will repel moths. Concoct your own disinfectant with rosemary oil in water, or simply use as a potpourri.