Rosemary Oil – Uses for Hair and Skin

September 1, 2014 | 0

Rosemary oil is one of the many forms of the herb Rosemary, a perennial herb and member of the mint family. Found in the Mediterranean region it’s used not only as a culinary herb but also has great medicinal properties.


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Amongst its many healing characteristics this oil is a tested and a very effective source for improving memory, relieving headaches, sharpens the nervous system, improving blood circulation, and reducing menstrual cramps. On a larger scale, this oil is used as a fragrant component in soaps and perfumes, deodorants etc. In food, Rosemary is used as a spice. The oil also is used for food as well as beverages purposes. Interestingly its usefulness in treating cancer is being tested nowadays.

Uses for hairrosemary oil for hair

  • Rosemary oil is an excellent hair toner and conditioner.
  • Gently massaging with this oil on the scalp will stimulate blood circulation and as a result it would leave the hair softer and well conditioned. It is because the improved blood circulation with this oil enhances the supply of nutrients by nourishing the hair follicles. This will not only give shine but strength to the hair and will also prevent the chances of baldness.
  • Early evidence shows that applying rosemary oil with lavender, thyme, and cedar wood oil to the scalp is effective in the treatment of the alopecia or hair fall.
  • Its watery consistency gives more oxygen to the pores and opens them further.
  • Its mordant properties helps fight oily hair and is also used in herbal shampoos and hair conditioners.
  • The best combination is to mix it with tree tea oil and basil for treating various hair problems.
  • Traditionally, this oil has been combined with olive oil in order to darken and strengthen the hair by applying hot oil massage techniques.
  • Mixing shampoo with approximately 20 drops of this oil can help in the treatment of lice infestation.
  • Besides that, its hot oil treatment quickly treats dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp.

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Uses for the skin

·         Its astringent properties are of utmost importance for the skin but not that known among the masses. Consisting of iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, it provides complete nutritional care to the skin. It is versatile since it suits different types of skins and is an important ingredient in skin care products.

·         Taking regular vapor baths with this oil is effective in the treatment of rheumatism. Its cooling properties make it a very good pain reliever for joint aches and sprains.

·         It repairs, restores and revitalizes damaged skin and improves the function of capillaries.

·         Its powerful anti bacterial and cleansing properties helps treating skin problems such as acne and other related skin infections. Its daily use in moderate amounts decreases the effect of blemishes and scars left behind by pimples.

·         Rich in oxidation properties, rosemary oil decelerates the skin’s ageing effects. It helps in stiffening up of loose and saggy skin giving it more firmness and elasticity. An excellent stimulator of organic activity, it boosts the development of cells that decreases skin lines and wrinkles over a certain period of time.

·         This natural oil when added to the bath or mixed with other oils such as apricot, kernel or almond oil helps sooth aching muscles, improving circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system.

·         It’s a natural treatment of liver and gall bladder disorders, arthritis and severe skin conditions such as eczema, acne and rashes.

Interesting facts

1.      It’s a great therapy to get rid of fatigue.

2.      In ancient times, this oil was used to keep the witchcraft and spells away.

3.       Its use in a certain kind of vinegar in the 15th century protected against the plague and was actually developed by thieves who used to rob graves that worked in the spice industry.

4.      A spray of rosemary oil, peppermint and lemon is an excellent repellant for insects and act as an air freshener.

5.      The Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans treated this herb as sacred.

6.       This oil was burnt during epidemics in French hospitals.

Side effects

1.      Rosemary oil should not be used in pregnancy and is not advised to be used by people with epilepsy and high blood pressure.

2.      It is not safe to use this oil by mouth and in large amounts. Direct contact with mouth can cause vomiting, urine bleeding, kidney irritation and allergic reactions.

3.     People who have seizure disorders should avoid it since it increases the vulnerability.

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