Rosemary essential oil is an integral part of mnay skin care and hair care products and is very good at dealing with the problems relating to hair, scalp and skin. The oil is loved by all its users and is used on a regular basis.
Rosemary oil is a popular ingredient in aromatherapies and hair care products, in which it is credited with stimulating hair follicles and promoting faster growing, thicker hairs. However, recently rosemary extract has also become more common in acne treatments and products designed for the reduction of acne scars.
Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from whole Rosemary herb, which derives its name from the Latin ‘ros marinus’, or ‘dew of the sea’. This Rosemary has a wonderful depth of aroma, not sharp or medicinal, but bright, uplifting and almost sweet. It is pleasant to use in any aromatherapy formula, particularly where aroma is of a primary concern in addition to therapeutic action.
This oil is of the chemotype 1,8 Cineole. It has a lower keytone content than the Verbenonone chemotype, and is the more common variety for its use as an anti-microbial ingredient. The Rosemary is an aromatherapy specialty oil included in many face and skin care blends for its enhancement of the skin’s metabolic processes.
Rosemary’s long history includes use by grave-robbing bandits during the plague of the 1400′s – the thieves doused themselves in ‘Four Thieves Vinegar’ (a mixture including Rosemary leaf, Clove, Lemon and Cinnamon) to protect themselves from infection while going about their ‘business’. Folklore tells us the flowers of Rosemary were once white, and turned red forever when the Virgin Mary placed her cloak over the bush.
The aroma of Rosemary oil is warm and stimulating, being used to strengthen mental awareness. Its warming qualities may help some with arthritic joints and rheumatism, being used in compresses, baths, or in massage blends. It has a long reputation for helping memory, not only by stimulating the mind but by increasing blood flow.
That’s a long list of benefits attributed to rosemary oil. So is it a miracle cure? Of course not. As with virtually all herbal treatments, most of these benefits fall into the “mildly effective” category, and are generally more noticeable against mild acne. However, rosemary oil makes for a helpful side addition in other topical treatments, especially since it works both as -
- A moisturizer
- Detoxifying agent
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