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Rosemary Essential Oil - Uses And Benefits

Posted by Australian Wholesale Oils on 2nd Jun 2021

Rosemary Essential Oil
Uses & Benefits

Uses And Benefits Of Rosemary Essential Oil

Native to the Mediterranean, the rosemary herb was highly valued by the ancient Greeks, Hebrews, Egyptians and Romans, where it was used for a variety of purposes. In various cultures and spiritual practices this incredibly aromatic herb was also recognised as a symbol of remembrance; the Ancient Egyptians would honour loved ones who had passed by placing sprigs of Rosemary on their coffins. Likewise, the ancient Greeks would often burn dried Rosemary as an offering to the Gods.

In addition to its invigorating, refreshing and deeply herbaceous aroma, Rosemary Essential Oil is now widely recognised for its many benefits that have been seen to assist in all aspects of life, from general health and wellbeing to skincare, haircare and household cleaning.

What Is Rosemary Essential Oil?

Rosemary Essential Oil is derived from the Rosemary Herb (Rosmarinus Officinalis) via the steam distillation extraction method. This is when heat is used to naturally extract and isolate the plants essence. Not to mention, the aromatic herb belongs to the mint family, along with Basil, Lavender, Sage and Myrtle.

Derived from the Latin words “ros” (meaning dew) and “marinus” (meaning sea), the name ‘Rosemary’ (Rosmarinus Officinalis) translates to ‘dew of the Sea’. Because there are so many Rosemary plants, each with a different composition, there are different variations of Rosemary Essential Oil as seen below:

Rosemary Essential Oil (Moroccan)

AWO’s Rosemary Essential Oil (Moroccan) carries that typical Rosemary aroma that is best described as incredibly refreshing, deeply herbal and somewhat sweet. In addition, Rosemary (Moroccan) is highly valued for its natural medicinal and antiseptic properties.

Rosemary Essential Oil (Spanish)

The Rosemary Essential Oil (Spanish) variety has a deeply herbaceous aroma with a subtle Eucalyptus undernote. It also contains powerful antiseptic and medicinal properties that are known to assist with overall health and wellbeing.

Rosemary Essential Oil French (Natural Blend)

Rosemary French (Natural Blend) is comprised of 100% pure Rosemary Essential Oil along with other complimenting essential oil constituents of natural origin. This oil variation is suitable for anyone wanting a cost-effective Rosemary Essential Oil.


Benefits Of Rosemary Essential Oil

Due to its complex chemical composition, Rosemary Essential Oil is known to be one of the most powerful essential oils. Here are some of the main constituents that contribute to the many benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil:

  • α -Pinene: The a-Pinene content within Rosemary Oil exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and bronchodilator activity. Because of this, Rosemary Oil is one of the best essential oils for colds and flus, skincare and household cleaning.
  • 1,8 Cineol: Also known as Eucalyptol, this constituent is found in Eucalyptus Oils and has been seen to exert powerful analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral and coughing suppressant properties.
  • Limonene: Is known to have a stimulating effect on the brain whilst also balancing the mood and detoxifying the body.
  • Camphor: This constituent has been seen to have decongesting, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and because of this, it is known to supress excessive coughing.
  • Linalool: Linalool is primarily known for its anti-anxiety, sedative, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties; this makes Rosemary Oil beneficial to those wanting to create a relaxing environment and ease anxiety related symptoms.

Popular Uses and Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil For Hair

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil For Hair

  • When used on the hair the benefits of Rosemary Oil are known to encourage hair growth by stimulating circulation on the scalp.
  • It has also been seen to add volume and shine whilst hydrating the hair and relieving dandruff.

Rosemary Essential Oil For Memory

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil For Memory

  • When inhaled the benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil have been seen to improve mental clarity and insight whilst reducing feelings of stress and nervousness. In fact, it has been said that the ancient Greeks wore Rosemary garlands around their heads while studying as it was believed to improve memory.
  • These same benefits are also known to improve alertness and enhance concentration whilst assisting with headaches and migraines.

Rosemary Essential Oil For Skin

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil For Skin

  • The powerful antimicrobial, anti-oxidizing and antiseptic properties within Rosemary Essential Oil makes it a fantastic oil for the skin; it has been seen to be an effective treatment for eczema, inflammation, acne and oily prone skin.
  • Because of these properties it is also commonly used in natural face cleansers, toners and skin serums.

Rosemary Essential Oil For Health & Wellbeing

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil For Health and Wellbeing

  • When diluted and applied topically the benefits of Rosemary Oil have been seen to trigger lymphatic drainage and circulation; because of this, it is known to help sufferers of arthritis pain.
  • Others have experienced the benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil when used in massage; this has been seen to help relieve constipation, flatulence, bloating and cramps.
  • When diffused and inhaled the aroma of Rosemary Oil has also been seen to decrease cortisol levels (the stress hormone).

Rosemary Essential Oil For Cold's & Flu's

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil For Cold's and Flu's

  • When inhaled, Rosemary Oil is also known to detoxify the body and boost the immune system. Because of this, along with its powerful decongesting, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, Rosemary Essential Oil is known to be one of the best essential oils for colds and flu’s.

Rosemary Essential Oil For Cleaning

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil For Cleaning

  • Due to its powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial activity, the benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil are known to be fantastic for cleaning surfaces, benchtops, showers, toilets, bathrooms and floors.
  • When used in a diffuser it can detoxify the environment and purify the atmosphere.
  • Because of its incredibly refreshing aroma, Rosemary Oil can also be added to any laundry detergents or natural air fresheners.

How To Use Rosemary Essential Oil?

How to Use Rosemary Essential Oil in Aromatherapy?

When it comes to aromatherapy there are many ways to use Rosemary Essential Oil and here we have listed a few of the most common methods:

  • Diffusing: To receive the therapeutic benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil simply add a few drops to an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer. This can be particularly useful to those wanting to receive the energizing and decongesting benefits of Rosemary Oil. Because of its ability to improve mental clarity and memory, it is the perfect essential oil to have diffusing in any office or study space.
  • Warm Bath: To create a relaxing environment you can also add Rosemary Essential Oil to a warm bath. Those wanting to relieve muscle and joint pain may find this method helpful.

How to Use Rosemary Essential Oil On The Skin? (Topical Application)

Rosemary Oil can also be applied topically, this is particularly useful to those wanting to treat muscle soreness, joint pain, skin issues or hair complaints.

  • Massage Oil: To receive the pain-relieving benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil simply add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage into the affected areas.
  • Skin Serum: To treat various skin complaints you can create a Rosemary infused skin serum by simply diluting your Rosemary Oil into a carrier oil. For facial application we recommend a 1 – 2% dilution (see dilution guide below!).
  • Moisturizer: Rosemary Oil can also be added to any base moisturizers or skincare products to boost their existing benefits.  
  • Hair Mask: Rosemary Essential Oil has shown to be beneficial for hair growth, hair greying, hair loss and dandruff. To receive these benefits, combine your Rosemary Oil with a carrier oil, massage into the hair and scalp and let the mask sit for 20 – 30 minutes before washing out with shampoo.
How to dilute essential oils. Essential oils dilution guide.

Where To Buy Rosemary Essential Oil

Whilst Rosemary Essential Oil is generally available to purchase at various retail, cosmetic and health and wellbeing stores, the quality and purity of the oil will depend on where it is purchased. For this reason, we always recommend finding a reputable supplier who is willing to provide documentation on the product. Not to mention, all completed products are manufactured in Australia which allows us to ensure that all goods are of a high standard.

Here at AWO, quality and purity are of paramount importance and that is why we only provide Rosemary Essential Oil that is of a high quality. Our Rosemary Oil collection contains Rosemary Essential Oil (Moroccan), Rosemary Essential Oil (Spanish) and Rosemary French (Natural Blend). You can view the entire range below!

How to use Rosemary Essential Oil. Uses and benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil.

What Customers Are Saying About Rosemary Essential Oil

“High quality product and packaging, very impressed with my purchase”
Kelly (Verified Customer) on the Rosemary French (Natural Blend).

“Excellent product and received quickly and well packaged. The smell alone is outstanding”
Anne (Verified Customer) on the Rosemary Essential Oil (Moroccan)

“Great oil. A lovely fresh fragrance which I was looking for. The oil arrived very quickly, I will definitely buy again”
Cornelis (Verified Customer) on the Rosemary Essential Oil (Spanish)


Rosemary Essential Oil Safety

Whilst essential oils are natural products, they are extremely potent and can cause serious harm if used incorrectly. For this reason, we recommend the following:

  • In line with the Therapeutic Goods Act, we do not recommend ingesting essential oils without the guidance of a registered Aromatherapist or Naturopath.
  • Avoid using Rosemary Essential Oils during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.
  • We recommend storing your Rosemary Essential Oil in a cool, dry place at room temperature, ensuring that it is not directly exposed to sunlight and is out of reach of children or pets.
  • Rosemary Essential Oil is very concentrated and is likely to cause irritation or reactions if applied directly to the skin. For this reason, it is important to first dilute your essential oils before using topically (on the skin). Our recommended dilution percentages can be found under the ‘Directions for Use’ section.

Tanu, B & Harpreet, K, 2016, ‘Benefits of essential oils’, Journal Of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 143 – 149

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.