The Best Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil — It’s Not Just for Cooking!

When you think of Rosemary essential oil, you may think of roasting a pork tenderloin or flavoring homemade potato soup. But it is oh so much more than that, my friends! What I’ll do today is walk you through the top ten best everyday uses for this common yet sometimes overlooked essential oil so you can take advantage of its incredible benefits.

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#1: HAIR RE-GROWTH

Yes! Rosemary essential oil helps with hair re-growth, as consistent use stimulates hair follicles and helps hair grow stronger. Whether you are actively losing hair or you want to act preventatively, Rosemary essential oil can help keep your hair healthy. Add 1-2 drops into your hand with your shampoo, or add 10-15 drops per 8 oz. shampoo bottle and mix thoroughly.

#2: HEALTHY SCALP

I could have lumped this in with #1, but a healthy scalp means a lot to me, since I struggled with the waxy build-up (which acts like dandruff) for about 7 years before I discovered essential oils. It is SO frustrating doing everything you can for your scalp, only to have these itchy flakes that drive you crazy, get all over your clothes and can be so embarassing socially. Enter Rosemary. This oil soothes the scalp–you can try massaging this into your scalp up to 3x a week.*

#3: FOCUS

Rosemary is fabulous for focus and studies have shown it is effective in improving cognitive function. You could try applying to your wrists just before writing your big thesis or diffuse in the kitchen when your kids get home from school. Its uplifting aroma tends to keep our energy up while simultaneously grounding us. Since it has a deep, herbaceous smell, it pairs well in the diffuser with citrus oils–try Rosemary and Lime or Rosemary and Grapefruit (3 drops of each). Using this all-natural alternative to stimulants is a great thing to do for your body, and a great long-term solution for increasing focus.

#4: IMPROVING DIGESTION

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Thankfully Rosemary’s delicious flavor is fabulous when used in cooking (particularly meats), because it helps us maintain healthy digestion and can even help ease stomach upset, bloating and constipation! Because essential oils are so potent, only 1-2 drops per dish is needed to flavor your entire meal! This makes the oil a super cost-effective ingredient for upscale dishes as well.

#5: REDUCING NERVOUS TENSION

When taken internally, Rosemary can support our body by easing any nervous tension we may be feeling. You can dilute 1 drop in 4 oz. liquid, place 1 drop in an empty veggie cap or you may choose to diffuse or apply topically (we recommend using fractionated coconut oil as a carrier to dilute–1 teaspoon of coconut oil per drop of essential oil).

#6: RELIEF

It’s true! Rosemary essential oil can help with discomfort management. Because it helps stimulate blood flow, Rosemary can be used with sore muscles, head tension, or other ailments to reduce the pain and aid in quicker healing.

#7: SKIN TONER

Run out of your favorite toner? Try Rosemary! Its gentle components help tone skin while removing impurities and helping reduce redness, dryness and inflammation. You could always try adding one drop of Rosemary to your toner nightly.

#8: RESPIRATORY RELIEF

As an purifier, Rosemary is incredibly soothing for any kind of respiratory issue you might have going on. We’d recommend applying 1-2 drops diluted onto your chest and throat and cupping your hands to your nose and taking several deep breaths to inhale the oil into your lungs.

#9: REMOVING ODORS

Because Rosemary essential oil has purifying qualities, it can be used to remove bad-smelling odors from around your house, car, office–even your mouth! Yep–Rosemary can help fight bad breath. If you’re using it to get rid of a pet smell in your house, please keep in mind that pets are usually a lot more sensitive than we are to smell, so they may not like what you’re diffusing. Just make sure they have the option of going elsewhere while you’ve got the diffuser going! If you want to try using Rosemary to freshen your breath, take one drop on your fingertip, press it to the roof of your mouth and then take a drink of water. Feeling refreshed yet?

#10: IMMUNE-BOOSTING

Partied a little too hard last night? Your kid brought home whatever is going around at daycare? Never fear, Rosemary is here! Getting in the habit of using Rosemary regularly around the house is the easiest way to boost your immune system. Who doesn’t love having that lovely smell wafting through your home while actually getting incredible benefits to your body at the same time, instead of all the drawbacks traditional candles and plug-ins inflict. Best ways to use Rosemary for simple immune-boosting–in your cooking, in your diffuser and on your skin.

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Know some other great ways to use Rosemary? We’d love to hear them! Comment below to connect with us–give us your suggestions or feel free to ask any questions you may have. We’d be happy to help!

Your Sister in Oils,

Emily

p.s. Read below for a dry shampoo recipe!

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