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Rosemary is one of our most prized herbs. It was held in reverence by the ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks. The use of rosemary oil also goes back centuries. Today, many medicinal preparations contain rosemary essential oil. Its many well-researched health benefits are listed below:
For Hair Care
Regular use of rosemary oil can help stimulate follicles, making hair grow longer and stronger. It may also help slow down premature graying and hair loss. According to a report in the Skin Med Journal, the oil helps in increasing hair count. The study found that volunteers, suffering from severe hair fall, saw a significant improvement after applying the oil for just six months. Regular massaging of the scalp with rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes dandruff.
While it is not used in skincare as extensively as it is used in hair care, rosemary oil has potent antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that can help you deal with eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and acne. Topical application or massage with the oil helps in toning the skin and removing dryness. A study found that the essential oil, when regularly added to a moisturizer or face creams, showed a significant improvement in skin hydration and elasticity.
Feeling stressed? A few drops of the oil in your infuser or aromatherapy diffuser may help you relieve your stress and leave you active and energized. A study, published in the Psychiatry Research journal found that inhaling a combination of rosemary oil and lavender oil for five minutes significantly reduced the levels of cortisol (our stress hormone) in the saliva. In fact, it is often used in aromatherapy to lift one’s mood.
Boosts Immune System
A simultaneous massage and inhalation of rosemary essential oil could improve your immunity. This could be because it raises cortisol levels, which protect the body from oxidative stress A 2017 study, published in the journal Cogent Biology, found that a blend of essential oils, which included rosemary oil, boosted the body’s anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating responses. So, regular use or inhalation of the oil in aromatherapy sessions may aid in strengthening your immune system.
Rosemary oil showed strong potential in relieving pain in different studies. In a South Korean study, stroke survivors with shoulder pain experienced a 30 percent reduction in pain after the
administration of acupressure with blends oils that included rosemary oil. Another study suggests that the oil has anti-inflammatory properties and may help relieve pain. It is used in aromatherapy to provide relief from headaches, muscle pains, rheumatism, and even arthritis.
Multiple studies have shown that rosemary can be very beneficial for our dental health. The antimicrobial properties of its essential oil are effective in dealing with oral pathogens. One study found that toothpaste containing rosemary extract was effective in treating gingival bleeding and reducing bacterial plaque.However, do keep in mind that essential oils should never be taken orally.
Improve Blood Circulation
A rosemary oil massage can help warm the body. It can improve blood circulation and provide pain relief. One study revealed that the oil blend was more effective than conventional medicine in warming the limbs of a patient suffering from Raynaud’s disease