Top 10 Rosemary Essential Oil Uses

Rosemary Essential Oil Uses

Most people today are familiar with rosemary, a needle boasting spice that makes its way into meat dishes and sauces when used in the kitchen. But, long before rosemary became little more than a spice rack mainstay, it was celebrated for a wide range of physical and mental healing benefits. Today, rosemary essential oil uses are being studied for some of these well known historical health applications.

When most people think of essential oils uses, they think of aromatherapy and various plant oils being used to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. Rosemary on the other hand, is known for stimulating properties instead, lending to its use in improving cognitive function, pain relief and other enhancing qualities.

There are numerous healing properties thought to be associated with rosemary essential oil uses, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular herbal oils for medicinal use today. Ten of the best uses for the oil follow, and some provide proof that historical medicinal use of the oil was well warranted.

1. Cognitive Function: A small study that was conducted to determine the effects of certain oils when used in aromatherapy found that the remarkable stimulating properties of rosemary may be quite true. Participants who inhaled rosemary had improved memory and greater alertness as opposed to those who used other essential plant oils.

2. Muscle and Joint Pain: Though there is no scientific evidence to support either of these applications, rosemary essential oil uses have long included relieving both joint and muscle pain when applied topically, likely a result of the oil’s natural pain relieving properties. Despite the lack of evidence to support the oil’s use in this way, the German Commission E has indicated approval for the oil in this use.

3. Alopecia: The stimulating effects of rosemary may have been demonstrated in a study on persons with alopecia, who massaged the oil in combination with others into their scalps. Over a period of months, these persons had significant improvement in hair growth, although some debate the methodology used in the study.

4. Circulation: Slow circulation can cause a wide range of symptoms and possibly even health concerns, and rosemary essential oil uses are thought to include a stimulating boost to circulatory function. Scientific research into this application is lacking, however the German Commission E again has approved the oil for this use.

5. Antioxidant Uses: It’s important to consult a physician before using rosemary oil internally as there is conflicting opinion as to whether or not it’s safe to do so. However, early lab results have indicated that rosemary oil may have quite potent antioxidant properties that can contribute to the destruction of free radicals, particles in the body that can be harmful and contribute to disease or illness.

6. Anxiety: Despite the fact that many rosemary essential oil uses are related to stimulating various feelings or processes in the body, it may still have some calming effects as well, most notably in terms of reducing anxiety. In one study, the oil used in a blend in aromatherapy, showed an ability to reduce anxiety possibly by reducing cortisol levels in the body.

7. Colds and Flu: One well known historical use of inhaling the aroma of rosemary has been for relieving cold and flu symptoms. Given the proven germ killing abilities of the oil and known stimulating benefits, it’s easy to see why this past use has endured.

8. Skin Disorders: A wide range of skin disorders may benefit from neat topical application of rosemary (or application with a suitable carrier oil). These benefits may also translate to the scalp, where similar application may have positive benefits in conditions affecting the skin on the scalp.

9. Addiction Recovery: What works for one person trying to combat an addiction may not work for another, however some find that rosemary essential oil uses may include helping reduce stress related to addiction withdrawal. Using the oil in this way is best done by inhalation or neat topical application of a single drop of the oil to the top of the brow line.

10. Constipation: There’s no shortage of natural chemicals that can stimulate a bowel movement, and it’s possible that rosemary (which is also known for diuretic properties as well) may be an effective means to promote excretory production. Internal ingestion via capsule is recommended by some for this use, but since safe internal use of rosemary is still hotly debated, some find that massaging a drop or two of the oil into the abdomen every half hour may provide relief, too.

Rosemary is thought to have a wide range of medicinal uses, so its oil can be found in numerous oil blends. Protective and tension blends however, are more likely than others to include rosemary essential oil.