50+ Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

50+ uses for Rosemary Essential Oil from healthy hair to respiratory illness and more, via SustainableBabySteps.com

Rosemary essential oil is a steam-distilled oil taken from the flowering plant. It's said to affect the immune system, respiratory system, and nervous system, as well as other benefits and uses (many of which are listed below).

According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of rosemary oil include:

  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anticancer
  • Anticatarrhal
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Expectorant

In addition to its many physical properties, rosemary is also said to have an affect on the memory, opening the conscious mind, and assisting in learning.

Emotionally and spiritually, these affects spell the potential for mental expansion, clarity, and insight, something that can be especially useful during transition and change. It helps us to process what's happening around us and within us consciously, instead of burying it with distractions. In doing so it can create both a sense of trust in the process of Life, as well as confidence in our ability to navigate it with ease.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands.

Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may actually make you sick. In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be called "pure"!

A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Rosemary Essential Oil

Traditionally, rosemary oil uses these application guidelines. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or click the banner for more inspiration:

How to use essential oils!


aromatic applicationAromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
topical applicationTopically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
internal applicationInternally - NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MOST BRANDS. High quality brands may be "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
topical applicationNEAT - Can usually apply the oil without dilution, directly to the skin. However, it's always a good idea to test your own skin first, as sensitive skin types may react.

Click this link or the banner above for more application guidance.

Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy or if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER

None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, as well as from personal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Addictions
Use one drop over the brow or inhale directly from the bottle several times a day.

Adenitis
Massage 1 drop over the glands several times a day or into the reflex points of the feet.

Antioxidant
Inhale directly, massage into the feet daily, or take as a supplement, either in cooking or in a capsule.

Anxiety
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute.

Arterial Vasodilator
Work 1-2 drops into the reflex points of the feet or massage over the heart.

Arthritis
Massage 1 drop into the area of concern several times a day.

Bell's Palsy
Use aromatically or massage 1 drop into the base of head and over the brow several times a day.

Bronchitis
Inhale using a steam tent, massage 1 drop into the chest and throat, or inhale from the bottle or hands regularly.

Cancer
Work 1-2 drops into each foot, paying close attention to the refle points for the area of the body affected. Also work into the area of concern.

Candida
Take several drops internally in capsule form (if using doTERRA brand), or massage into the feet 2-3 times a day.

Cellulite
Massage 1-2 drops in a kneading manner into the area of concern once a day.

Chemical Stress
Apply over the throat, under the arms, and over the liver up to several times a day. Also consider inhaling directly from the bottle.

Cholera
Massage 1-3 drops in a counter-clockwise rotation over the lower abdomen several times a day.

Clarity
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute.

Club Foot
Massage 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil into the area 1-2 times a day.

Colds
Consider taking in a capsule, massaging into the reflex points of the feet, or over any symptomatic areas.

Confidence
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute.

Confusion
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute.

Constipation
Massage 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil over the lower abdomen in a clockwise rotation every hour until you have relief. Also consider taking internally, such as in a capsule form.

Cough
Massage 1-2 drops over the chest and throat every few hours as needed.

Dandruff
Consider adding to a homemade shampoo, or rinsing the hair with a water/rosemary oil mixture daily. Also read more on dandruff here.

Depression
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute. Do this multiple times a day.

Detoxification
Apply 1 drop over the liver and kidneys, or into the reflex points of the feet multiple times a day.

Diabetes
Consider massaging 1-2 drops over the pancreas twice daily, or flooding the senses with direct inhalation frequently.

Diuretic
Massage over the kidneys and bladder as needed.

Fainting
Use aromatically, directly under the nose.

Fatigue
Try direct inhalation or working the oil into the feet each morning and night.

Flu
Depending on the symptoms, you can use rosemary essential oil in many ways listed on this page.

Greasy/Oily Hair
Consider adding to a homemade shampoo, or rinsing the hair with a water/rosemary oil mixture daily.

Hair Loss
You can follow the same usage suggestions for greasy/oily hair above, or consider massage rosemary essential oil directly into the scalp.

Headaches
Add a drop to your hands and cup over the mouth and nose for up to one minute, or apply 1 drop topically to the headache.

Inflammation
Massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern or into the reflex points of the feet.

Kidney Inflammation
Massage into the kidneys several times a day.

Learning Disabilities
Diffuse rosemary oil throughout the room, inhale directly from the bottle, rub over the temples, or apply to the toes regularly.

Lice
Follow the suggestions found on this page for lice home remedies.

Low Blood Pressure
Consider both direct inhalation and/or topical use over the heart several times a day.

Memory
The same suggestions above for learning disabilities, also apply to memory support.

Menstrual Irregularity
Use daily throughout the cycle, either one drop on the feet or over the reproductive organs.

Muscular Dystrophy
Massage 2-4 drops into the affected areas 1-2 times a day.

Nerves
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute.

Osteoarthritis
Massage 1-2 drops into the areas of concern up to several times a day.

Respiratory Infections
Massage 1-2 drops over the chest and throat, and into the reflex points of the feet multiple times a day.

Schmidt's Syndrome
Work in 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil into the reflex points for the feet 1-2 times a day.

Sinusitis
Consider direct inhalation from the bottle, or massaging one drop over the sinus cavities.

Staph Infections
Massage 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil over the respiratory system. Consider using in conjunction with this respiratory blend.

Strep Infections
Massage 1-2 drops over the chest and throat area. Consider gargling (if you're using GRAS oils) and also direct inhalation.

Transitioning
Add a single drop to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute. Do this as desired.

Trust in the process of Life
Add a single drop of rosemary essential oil to the hands, rub together, and cup over the mouth and nose to flood the senses for up to a minute. Do this as desired.

Vaginal Infection
Massage 1-2 drops in or around the vagina, testing for sensitivity before you attempt internal use, please!

Vaginitis
Massage 1-2 drops in or around the vagina, testing for sensitivity before you attempt internal use, please!

Viral Hepatitis
Apply rosemary essential oil directly over the liver several times a day.

Worms
Massage 2-4 drops over the abdomen multiple times a day, or (if you're using doTERRA's rosemary essential oil) add multiple drops to a capsule and take as a supplement up to several times a day.


In addition to rosemary oil, also consider trying this respiratory blend, anti-aging blend, Bergamot, or check out other essential oils here.


IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER

None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Where to Buy Rosemary Essential Oil

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