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Rosemary was one of the first herbs used for medicine, food and religious rituals, and it is still used today to ease the symptoms of many different ailments.Rosemary essential oil is used by aromatherapists for stimulating the memory; overcoming mental fatigue and sluggishness; aiding alertness and concentration; easing depression; managing stress and overcoming stress-related disorders and nervous exhaustion; easing the pain of migraines and tension headaches; raising blood pressure; relieving the pain and swelling of arthritis, muscle spasms, and sprains; soothing the itching of psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis; easing asthma, bronchitis, colds and sinusitis; and treating acne. CAUTION: Do not use rosemary essential oil if you have high blood pressure, as it can raise your blood pressure even higher. It should not be used if you have a seizure disorder, since it can cause seizures in susceptible individuals. Never use rosemary essential oil without diluting it in a carrier of some type, it can cause severe skin irritation if used full-strength, and even diluted it can cause irritation on sensitive skin. Although rosemary essential oil is helpful in the treatment of many conditions, it is especially useful for the following: Sidenote: If you don’t currently own any rosemary oil but would like to buy some, then here is the rosemary oil we recommend. Memory: Rosemary essential oil is a stimulant, and using it in a diffuser or inhaling it directly from the bottle will enhance memory, alertness, and concentration. It will also reduce mental fatigue and sluggishness, and enhance mental clarity. These actions make it an excellent option to try for the cognitive issues associated with fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome,) commonly called “fibrofog.” Depression: Rosemary oil balances mood, lifts the spirits, and helps ease depression. It can be used in a diffuser, inhaled directly from the bottle, or applied to a tissue or handkerchief (one to two drops) and sniffed as needed. It can also be blended with a carrier oil such as cold-pressed olive or coconut oil at a concentration of two to five drops per teaspoon of carrier oil and applied to the body. Stress: The same actions that make rosemary essential oil so useful for memory and depression make it an excellent choice for managing stress and stress-related issues. It helps you to see things more clearly, and calms and relaxes the nerves. Acne: A 2007 study (PubMed ID 17893831) showed a specific anti-bacterial action against the bacteria that cause acne. A blend of rosemary and coconut oils, mixed at a concentration of six drops of rosemary oil in two teaspoons of coconut oil and applied after cleansing will help to reduce and control acne blemishes. (See How To Use Coconut Oil To Clear Your Acne for more information about coconut oil and acne.) Headaches: Rosemary oil, mixed at a rate of five drops to a teaspoon of cold-pressed olive or coconut oil, will help relieve the pain of both migraine and tension headaches. After blending, apply a single drop of this mixture to the temples, being careful to keep it well away from the eyes. The rest of the oil can be massaged into the back of the neck to reduce muscle tension, which will also help ease the headache. Pain: Muscle and joint pain and swelling caused by arthritis, muscle spasms, strains or sprains can be reduced by the application of a blend of thirty drops of rosemary oil and two tablespoons of a cold-pressed carrier oil to the painful areas several times a day. (For even better results, use fifteen drops of rosemary essential oil and fifteen drops of lavender essential oil in your blend. The two oils together have a stronger pain relief effect than either of them used alone.) Further Reading: Top 7 Essential Oils For Relieving Pain Psoriasis, Eczema, and Dermatitis: Four drops of rosemary oil mixed with a teaspoon of cold-pressed carrier oil and applied to the rough, scaly patches of psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis will help reduce the itching and irritation, as well as promoting healing. Adding a drop of vitamin E oil will aid in healing as well, promoting the development of healthy skin cells and soothing cracked areas. Further Reading: Top 10 Essential Oils For Psoriasis The breathing problems associated with asthma, bronchitis, colds, and sinusitis can be eased by using rosemary oil in a diffuser, but a better option is to add 3 drops of rosemary oil to a bowl of steaming hot water, using a towel to create a “tent” over the bowl and your head, and breathing the steam for no more than 5 minutes. (If your asthma reacts to strong smells, do NOT use this method, it could cause an asthma attack.) For asthma and bronchitis, a teaspoon of carrier oil mixed with 4 drops of rosemary oil can be applied to the chest instead. Rosemary oil is one of the most useful of all the essential oils for a number of health and beauty uses. If you don’t currently own any rosemary oil, I suggest you take a look at Eden’s Garden Rosemary Oil which can be found on Amazon. If you enjoyed this post and you’d like to learn more about rosemary oil and other essential oils, then take a look at these posts from the archive. Rosemary Oil For Hair & Hair Growth
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