The many benefits of Rosemary

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.

Used as a pain reliever in a rub or bath water is great for skin conditions, arthritis and rheumatism, sore muscles and even headaches!  Used on the face it is a natural acne treatment.

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.

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14 Responses to The many benefits of Rosemary

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  4. StephanieNo Gravatar says:

    Hi I am following from Friday Follow, I am so glad I found your blog, I didn’t know about the Rosemary, I am going to plant some around the house for sure thank you so much for the information. I love your site!

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  9. RozNo Gravatar says:

    Hi, I am so glad to have found you on Follow Friday. I LOVE all things natural, healthy and overall contributing to a wonderful sense of well-being. I do look forward to your posts and hope to have the honor of you following me. If you do decide to stop by my blog, I invite you to read my “about me” link at the top to read my similar outlook on living life. Have a lovely day! Ciao, Roz

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  10. Holly LNo Gravatar says:

    Rosemary is just awesome and the one thing I can always get to grow. Thanks for sharing some info on it!

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  11. Sheila, just saw this post and I was wondering today about the Rosemary I have growing in front of my house. (LOA in action, eh?!?)

    Does it matter which kind you use? I have both the trailing Rosemary (with little blue flowers) and the kind that grows tall, without flowers. Is there a preference which one to use?

    When I rub my hands on the Rosemary, it strongly smells of *pine*…reminds me of Christmas time.

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

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    SheilaNo Gravatar Reply:

    There is no difference. I’d gather up a bunch of leaves and use them in the bath! Place them in a muslin bag so it doesn’t get your tub messy. If you don’t have a bag, use a piece of cheesecloth or you could even cut up a pair of clean nylons and tie the ends off!

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