Among the most common essential oils, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) has been plucked out of the Mediterranean tradition, as a staple part of its culinary life. The strong, herbal scent from this mint family has been used for many purposes and was supposed to have been used since the time of the Romance. A frequent role-player in their religious ceremonies including wedding, cosmetic and medicine, Rosemary is considered as a divine herb, due to its ability to boost the body's strength. Paracelsus, a notable physician and botanist, made it his favorite essential oil, as it was discovered that the liquid could heal fragile organs such as the brain, liver and the heart.
History denotes that Rosemary have been named as such when the Bible's virgin Mary have spread her blue-colored cloak over the bush and rested. A miracle occurred and the white flowers turned to blue. People have called the shrub "Rose of Mary", to which, as time passed by, has been conjoined to Rosemary.
The clear woodsy and citrusy oil is produced through proper steam distillation. While its leaves have been commonly mixed with salads and soups, the essential oil offers a plethora of uses. It is a potent cure for indigestion, relieving signs of dyspepsia and conveniently detoxifies the liver. It also stimulates blood flow and improves proper circulation, especially when digesting heavy meat, such as beef, lamb and pork.
Other than helping a person from the inside, Rosemary offers an array of cosmetic benefits as well. For one, it is a basic ingredient for many shampoos and lotions due to its ability to stimulate follicles, boosting hair growth and strength. It is also known that the herb slows down signs of premature aging and has been used as tonic for hair loss and the removal of dandruff. When combined with olive oil, Rosemary can be an organic means to darken the hair.
It is also a powerful disinfectant and can be used as a mouth wash. Rosemary removes oral bacteria, prevents cavities and gingivitis, and aids in dental medication. As a skin care supplement, this essential oil helps in eliminating eczema, acne and oily skin. This is the reason why the herb has been a regular component of many moisturizers and creams.
Common health problems are also assuaged by the scent of Rosemary. To heal cough, massage a few drops of this essential oil over your chest every few hours and experience its refreshing effects. The same goes for headaches; apply it topically to the throbbing parts of the head. The aroma helps in proper learning and memory too. You can diffuse the oil all throughout the room or inhale it as you rub it over your temples. You'll experience relief from pain and stress, and easily detoxify while boosting your mind.
While this essential oil is generally safe, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid using this, as it may affect one’s pregnancy and may lead to miscarriage. Professional consultation is also recommended if you plan to use this as cure for chronic depression and other mental illnesses.