Rosemary essential oil, a unique ingredient in many of PHYTO5’s holistic and Swiss-made Winter energetic skincare products and hair care line, works on the deepest levels of our physical vitality to present radiant skin and hair. It also works just as potently on the analytical mind!
Rosemary essential oil contains anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimutagenic rosmarinic acid.
Considered a warming herb, it promotes blood circulation to the head and throughout the entire body and has a stimulating, thus detoxifying effect on the lymphatic system.
The rosemary plant is native to the Mediterranean area. Widely used in food and medicine, the essential oil has a pungent, fresh and very pleasant herbaceous fragrance. Often found growing on the sea cliffs of Southern France, it has often been described as having the smell of the ocean with a hint of pine which explains its genus name, Rosmarinus, translated as “dew of the sea.” It is steam-distilled from the fresh flowering tops of the herb.
During the Middle Ages, rosemary blossoms were sugared and eaten as a preventive measure against the plague. At other times, this herb was burned in hospitals to fumigate rooms and clear airborne infections. It was also an important stewing herb that kept homes smelling fresh. Rosemary was one of the ingredients in the classic sixteenth century Eau-de-Cologne, which was used for headaches and as a nerve tonic. – Sandra Kynes*
Rosemary essential oil has a whole array of amazing healing properties including the following:
- To clear and focus the mind and for mental stimulation when exhausted, depressed, anxious, stressed or feeling run down
- To improve memory, concentration, and mental alertness
- To assist with the treatment of dementia
- To facilitate digestion and ease flatulence
- For the treatment of eczema and psoriasis
- To treat acne
- To manage oily hair, combat hair loss and treat dandruff
- To help reduce cellulite and relieves water retention
- For pain relief (a great analgesic and good for treating arthritis, rheumatism, ligament sprains, joint pain, muscle aches)
- To fight infection and treat colds, cough and flu because of its antibacterial properties; an excellent agent to use when dealing with respiratory tract challenges and sinusitis
- To lessen the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis
- To ease sore throat and mouth ulcers
- To ease the discomfort of menopausal symptoms and painful menstruation
- To heal alleviate headaches
- To aid with detoxification
- To lessen varicose veins
- To prevent liver damage
- For assistance with treating diabetes
- To repel insects
Remember to check out PHYTO5’s Winter season energetic line of skin and hair care products.
👉🏾Note: Because of its potency, do not self-treat with rosemary essential oil by itself if you are pregnant, have epilepsy, high blood pressure or a fever, if you are wanting to sleep or are under seven years of age.
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Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016. Print.
Tucker, Arthur O., Thomas DeBaggio, Francesco DeBaggio, and Arthur O. Tucker. The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance. Portland: Timber, 2009. Print.
*Kynes, Sandra. The Herb Gardener's Essential Guide: Creating Herbal Remedies and Oils for Health & Healing. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2016. Print.
The title of this blog post attributed to author, Sarah Bower.