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21 October 2021 / Caitlin Devlin

Rosemary Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Rosemary is a remarkably healing oil commonly used for recovery and rejuvenation.

Rosemary Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

This popular herb has powerful benefits for your hair, mind, and overall health.

Native to the Mediterranean and used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, Rosemary is a herb with quite a history behind it. The first mentions of rosemary were found on cuneiform stone tablets as early as 5000 BCE, and since then its oil has been used to promote hair growth, improve cognitive performance, and lower stress. With an antioxidant ORAC value as high as that of goji berries, rosemary has long been considered a health food, and use of rosemary oil is a great way to experience those health-boosting effects.

Rosemary oil can help regrow hair.

Using rosemary oil for hair is an increasingly popular practice, and the science behind it is compelling. Androgenetic alopecia – or male/female pattern baldness – is a hormonal form of hair loss for which one of the common treatments is minoxidil. A 2015 study had 50 subjects with AGA use rosemary oil on affected areas whilst another 50 used minoxidil. After six months, both groups saw equally significant increases in hair count. In other words, rosemary oil performed just as well as the most common form of treatment, and induced less scalp itching as a side effect than the minoxidil.

Using diluted rosemary oil as part of a hair care routine is a great way to thicken hair and promote growth.

Learn more about using essential oils for hair here.

    It boosts liver health.

    Rosemary has choleretic effects, meaning that it increases the amount of bile secreted by the liver. It is also hepatoprotective, which makes it able to prevent damage to the liver. Both of these properties combined mean that rosemary is very beneficial to liver health, and applying diluted rosemary oil topically on the lower abdomen is a great way to feel these effects.

    A 2017 study found that rosemary extract provided liver protective benefits to rats with chemically induced liver cirrhosis.

    It improves memory.

    Rosemary was once worn by Greek scholars in exams to enhance their memory, and the herb has long been linked to memory and remembrance. A 2017 study tested this connection by having participants smell rosemary oil before testing several aspects of their cognitive function. They found that the rosemary oil had a significant positive impact on the participants’ alertness and overall quality of memory.

    It lowers stress levels.

    A study in 2007 by a team of dentists found that five minutes of rosemary aromatherapy greatly reduced salivary cortisol levels in healthy participants. Since cortisol is the ‘stress’ hormone, this suggests that rosemary can be very beneficial in reducing stress levels.

    Learn more about using essential oils to reduce stress here.

     

    Rosemary oil’s uses are incredibly varied, and it is one of the few oils that has cosmetic, mental, and physical benefits. Not only that, but its sweet, herby scent makes it an ideal choice for aromatherapy. The smell is so beloved that it was actually the primary ingredient in possibly the first alcohol based perfume in Europe, and continues to be used in many scented products today.

    Shop our rosemary essential oil here.

     

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