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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 (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol - trying saying THAT 5x fast. Or just once, for that matter.) is a steam-distilled oil taken from the flowering plant. It smells like... you guessed it, rosemary! But much stronger than the plant, very herbaceous, and woody with "evergreen undertones".

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

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

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). 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 essential oils 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 lack real quality or even contain contaminants.

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

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • 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 what to look for in safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Rosemary Essential Oil

Traditionally, rosemary essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy or if you have epilepsy. May can issues if you have high blood pressure. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal 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 (start small! trust me!) 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 reflex points for the area of the body affected. Also work into the area of concern.

Candida
Take several drops internally in capsule form, or massage into the feet 2-3 times a day. Take with food to avoid burping up rosemary (ew).

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. Consider using with Clary Sage or Frankincense, as well.

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. Also consider an antiviral blend.

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. Check out more digestive oils here.

Cooking
You can use it as a substitue for the herb, but start VERY small (less than a drop) until you find the right amount. I once made a soup and used 2 drops instead of 1, and I thought I was going to die a rosemary-flavored overdose.

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 remedies 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. Also look into a citrus or uplifting blend.

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. You can also check out other antiviral essential oils here.

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 and coconut 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 or less 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 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.

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 high-quality oils from a brand that supports internal use of their 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, especially when your fears are triggered.

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

Vaginitis
Same directions for vaginal infection...same precautions too!

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 a brand of rosemary essential oil suitable for internal use) add multiple drops to a capsule and take as a supplement up to several times a day.


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



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