Rosemary is so much more than an aromatic herb that tastes great on potatoes. The herb is used to distill one of the most powerful, refreshing, and purifying essential oils on the planet!
Today, I will be telling you about rosemary oil and the long list of skin benefits it offers. Shall we begin?
What is Rosemary Oil?
Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the flowering tops and the leaves of the sun-loving rosemary shrub.
It is known for its antioxidant properties and beneficial overall health effects. Studies show that rosemary oil can help with chronic health concerns like hair loss, liver function, cognitive function, memory problems, and cancer.
Rosemary oil has an herbaceous, woody, evergreen-like scent. It blends well with oils like lavender, frankincense, clary sage, basil, thyme, citronella, lemongrass, chamomile, and peppermint.
History of Rosemary Oil
Rosemary shrubs are native to the south of France and other Mediterranean regions. The oil produced from it has a long history of use among the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and Hebrews.
In the Middle Ages, it was used to protect against plague and evil spirits.
The oil was burnt as an incense in rituals, and used in sick rooms to provide protection from disease and infection.
Different Uses of Rosemary Oil
Though we will focus mainly on the skin benefits of this oil, it couldn't hurt to know a little more about how versatile this household essential oil is!
Here are some of the oil's known uses:
- Helps treat diarrhea
- Reduces excessive menstrual flow
- Eases pain in rheumatism
- Reduces dandruff
- Speeds healing of wounds
It is also used for aromatherapy to improve memory and focus, dispel depression, and relieve migraine headaches. Diffusers are a must in aromatherapy as they disperse the essential oil as a fine vapor into the air so the body can gently absorb them through the respiratory system.
Skin Benefits of Rosemary Oil
The nutrients in rosemary oil can help protect the skin cells from the damage caused by the sun. The oil is calming and gentle to the skin.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, rosemary oil can help you get rid of pimples once and for all.
Fights signs of aging
Rosemary oil is your friend in the fight against free radical damage. It reduces under-eye puffiness and improves circulation to put some glow back to your face.
Nourishes and Moisturizes
By adding rosemary oil to your DIY products, you will provide your skin with iron, calcium, and several essential vitamins. The oil absorbs deep into the skin, which means its benefits will go deeper than just the surface of your skin.
How to Use Rosemary Oil for Skin
1) Serum for Mature Skin
This oil is a true youth elixir! The gentle rosehip oil treats fine lines, while the antioxidants in rosemary oil help prevent damage to your skin from free radicals.
- amber glass bottle
- 2 ounces rosehip seed oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
2) Salve for Balancing Sebum Production
The jojoba oil resembles sebum naturally produced by our skin, which makes it perfect for treating excess sebum production. On the other hand, rosemary oil hydrates the skin, which helps to control the natural oils production. When mixed together, these two make for a great combo!
- clean dry container
- 2 ounces jojoba oil
- 1/4 ounces mango butter
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Add the jojoba oil and mango butter in a double boiler. Heat until all of the mango butter has dissolved evenly into the jojoba oil. Add the essential oils and stir well. Next, quickly pour into the container. Be sure to pour it before it starts to cool, so you get a smooth looking salve. You can use it both morning and evening on clean skin. Use after you have layered all your thin serums and oil blends, as the salve is thicker than them.
3) Acne Treatment
Since acne isn't only for teenagers, here is an acne-killer mask for all of us suffering from it. The green clay in it will remove impurities and help shrink pores. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties — precisely what you need to fight stubborn pimples. Couple this with the anti-inflammatory effect of the essential oils, and you have the perfect acne treatment.
- 2 tbsp green clay (can be substituted with bentonite clay)
- 1 tbsp fresh aloe vera gel
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops drops tea tree oil
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
Mix the green clay and aloe vera in a small ball. Add the essential oils and stir well. Apply on clean skin. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer. You can do this treatment once every week.
4) Moisturizer for All Skin Types
Apricot kernel oil is emollient and high in fatty acids and vitamin E. It absorbs quickly into the skin and keeps it supple. Meanwhile, jojoba oil absorbs easily into the skin and nourish it. It resembles sebum, so the skin 'thinks' it has produced enough oil — making it perfect for people with oily and/or acne-prone skin. Enjoy!
- 1/2 ounce apricot kernel oil
- 1/2 ounce jojoba oil
- 1 ounce shea butter
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
- 5 drops clary sage
Heat the jojoba oil in a double boiler until all of the shea butter has dissolved evenly into the apricot and jojoba oils. Add the essential oils and stir well. Use a mixer to whip the mixture until forming peaks. Pour into the clean container. Use on clean face, after you have applied toner and serums.
Is Rosemary Oil Safe?
Rosemary oil is safe to use on the skin. Before using it topically, you should always dilute it in a carrier oil. Here is a guide on adequately diluting your essential oils.
Always perform a patch test when using a new oil by placing a drop of it on the inner part of your arm.
For safety purposes, it is not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use essential oils.
For children and the elderly, it is highly advised to contact your physician or doctor before using essential oils. Self-treatment of chronic diseases by using rosemary oil may also hold serious consequences without professional advice.
How to Choose Rosemary Oil
As with all essential oils, remember not to buy rosemary oil from food stores. Apart from this reminder, here are the things you should look for when choosing your rosemary oil:
- 100% essential oil
- Therapeutic grade
I highly recommend the rosemary oil of Plant Therapy. I trust their essential oils above all other brands because they are pure, unadulterated, and manufactured for therapeutic purposes and not only just for the smell.
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Rosemary oil may seem like your run-of-the-mill essential oil, but with how versatile it is, this oil is a must for any DIY skin care enthusiast or even those who just want to delve into upping the performance of existing skin care products.
Do you use rosemary essential oil? What do you use it for? Know of any beauty remedies with rosemary oil? Share your wisdom in the comments below!
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