A perennial herb and member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family who can count thyme, oregano and basil as some of her cousins. The name Rosemary, is derived from the Latin word dew of the sea ("ros" & "marinus").
Rosemary does so much more than add flavour to cooking. Due to its high antioxidant and antimocrobial activities it is used as a food grade preservative. It's also used in skincare to prevent ingredients from oxidising or going rancid. Studies have shown that rosemary's free radical scavenging abilities are have liver protecting effects.
It contains calcium, iron, copper, magnesium and potassium and an excellent source of vitamins A and C, folate, calcium and iron.
Rosemary contains the mineral manganese which working closely with an antioxidant called superoxide Dismutase.
Rosemary's B vitamins include pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and riboflavin.
The essential oil of rosemary, steam distilled from the leaves contains key consituents of 1,8 Cineole (Eucalyptol) (38-55%), Camphor (5-15%), Alpha Pinene (9-14%), Beta-Pinne (9-14%), Camphene (2.5-6%), Borneol (1.5-5%) and Limonene (1-4%).
Rosemary essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
The ORAC (antioxidant) value of rosemary essential oil is 330 uTE/100g. This together with it's antimicrobial properties makes it useful in fighting off infections and disease. Inhaling the oil can provide relief from respiratory irritation.
Regular use of rosemary essential oil stimulates hair follicles, helps remove dandruff and conditions the scalp and hair.
Rosemary's antibacterial properties makes it useful as a mouth wash by removing bad breath, gingivitis.
It's antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities make it beneficial for skincare and acne.
Rosemary essential oil is often promoted for its ability to relieve pain, which is why it's widely used in treating headaches, muscle pains, and even arthritis.
It can help relieve flatulence, stomach cramps, and bloating.
Research shows that rosemary essential oil can help detoxify the liver and help regulate the creation and release of bile, a key part of the digestive process.
Rosemary helps overcome mental fatigue, boosts alertness, mental clarity and eases anxiety. It has been shown to decrease the level of cortisol, thereby reducing the effects of chronic stress.
To use rosemary oil, mix a few drops in the bath and blend it into your skincare or shampoo. Apply on pulse points or into palms of hands and inhale. Dilution is essential for rosemary oil. Dilute in a carrier oil or into a base cream.
It's no wonder rosemary essential oil (leaf extract) features in so many of our favourite brands:
- Orli's organic hair treatment with Argan Oil, Clary Sage and Rosemary
- Rosemary essential oil from Earth Yard.
- People for Plants organic moisturiser for sensitive skin
- Orli's Eau Well Verve
- Organic soap bars by Mokosh
- Erica Brooke's Neroli and Vanilla deodorant
- Riddell's Creek organic toothpaste
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