18 Aug 2006

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary originally came from the coastline of the Mediterranean and it's usage dates back thousands of years. The essential oil is made by steam distillation of the flowering tops. Rosemarinus offinalis is the variety most commonly used.

Warning: Avoid rosemary oil if pregnant, have high blood pressure or epilepsy.

Rosemary has a restorative effect on the nervous system so only a few drops of the essential oil in your bath will renew energy after a stress filled day.

Rosemary oil in a burner or a little dabbed onto the wrists with increase concentration and mental alertness. Napoleon was known to use rosemary cologne for that reason.

Applied to the skin it helps strengthen the capillaries and has a rejuvenating effect. Rosemary is a common ingredient in skin toners, creams, soaps and hair products due to it's anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-aging properties.

Rosemary oil is excellent for the hair and scalp. It is effective for dandruff and head lice and also is wonderful as a hair conditioner for normal to dry hair as it promotes growth and acts as a tonic.

Why not try these simple recipes:

Rosemary Tired Feet Foot Bath

4 drops rosemary pure essential oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar

Place in bowl of warm water or foot bath and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes.

Rosemary Bath Salts

10 drops rosemary pure essential oil
1 cup fresh rosemary flowers and leaves
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
1/2 baking soda

Blend in a food processor or blender. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to your bath.

Rosemary Conditioner

4 drops rosemary pure essential oil
2 teaspoons olive oil (more or less depending on hair length)

Blend together. Work the rosemary blend through dampened hair. Wrap hair in clingrap, cover with a warmed towel and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash out.

“As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language.” Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)



Alan Bamboo said...

I love Rosemary it's smells so good. I think lavendar is so overated.

I grow Rosemary mostly for the fragrance, any idea how I can make an air room freshner with it? I've even had it growing inside, but seems the only way to smell it is if I touch it....ideas??

Jackie said...

Alan the only way I know to get the perfume in the air is to use the essential oil by putting it in Pot Pourie, in a burner or adding it to a spray bottle with some water and spraying the air. As you say the fresh or dried leaves only tend to give off perfume when touching and of course when cooking :)