Aww…the smell of rosemary. To utter that word is to conjure up images of delicious dinners and a well set table. A sprinkle of rosemary to go with a nice roasted lamb dish? Yes, please! However, there are a whole host of benefits associated with rosemary. It might be time to re-consider this herb once thought to just be meant for savory dishes in the kitchen. Although Rosemary may seem less obvious for aromatherapy, it is astounding how helpful this substance can be. It is so incredibly versatile in the ways it can help with a myriad of conditions.
If you’re not familiar, Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb with needle-like leaves and pink, blue, or purple flowers. The word “rosemary” is derived from the Latin words ros (meaning “dew”) and marinus (meaning “sea”). Diffusing rosemary in your home or office environment on a daily basis can create a whole world of wellness to experience. Total aroma bliss that also supports good health. A true “win-win”.
Antioxidants are the primary source of many of the health benefits of rosemary. These benefits include stimulating your immune system and brain function, headache and pain relief, digestion and protection from cancer-causing toxins.
Health Benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary has long been believed to have memory-enhancing properties. Research points to the discovery that rosemary contains a diterpine called carnosic acid. This compound has neuroprotective properties that researchers believe may protect against Alzheimer’s disease as well as the typical memory loss that happens with aging.
Even the smell of rosemary has been found to improve memory. You may consider using an essential oil diffuser in your office cubicle for a simple and reliable way to introduce rosemary into your life. No one’s office co-workers would object to this clean and natural scent in the work environment. Especially if it aids business performance and/or creativity.
Rosemary has carnosol which has been found in many studies to be a potential anti-cancer compound. Researchers have had promising results in studies of its efficacy against breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and skin cancer.
A natural substance such as this is a great way to combat all of the potentially toxic exposure we experience on a daily basis in our respective environments.
Rosemary has been a popular natural migraine remedy for centuries. Also inhaling the smell of rosemary has been found to improve memory and mood. This method for headache relief may also help with memory function and put you in a better state of mind overall.
A natural remedy rather than reaching for an over the counter pill or aid is always a good place to start. The goal should be to try and find a source of relief that can help us holistically rather than just serving as a band aid for a chronic issue. For many people, migraines are not “one-and-done”. Rather they are a chronic issue that must be managed as closely as possible. Hope for relief can be offered via rosemary by using an electric essential oil diffuser or by combining I with a carrier oil and using it topically or directly on the skin.
Pain relief is not just reserved for those who need a headache rescue. Rosemary oil can also serve as a natural treatment for arthritis, sore muscles, and other joint and muscle pains. This substance is quite remarkable in how versatile it can be to aid in so many types of treatments. Cut down on the treatments, ointments and lotions that are cramming the bathroom shelves and try using rosemary oil either through direct application on the skin with a carrier oil or diffuse the oil into the air with an essential oil diffuser.
Rosemary contains two potent anti-inflammatories, carnosic acid and carnosol. One study found that these two compounds inhibited COX-2, an enzyme that causes pain and inflammation in the body. They also inhibited the production of excess nitric oxide, which also plays a role in the inflammatory process.
Inflammation is the root cause of a whole array of conditions. By managing it directly there is less chance that more conditions will arise or worsen.
Rosemary is often used to help treat digestive problems such as upset stomach, constipation, indigestion, and almost any other digestive related problem. No wonder it is a popular spice in the kitchen! Time to start looking for recipes that include rosemary in their list of ingredients!
Rosemary is a great natural remedy for respiratory problems. Breathing in the scent of the essential oil may help with congestion due to colds, allergies, respiratory infections, and the flu. Breathing it in can aid in the clearing of the lungs and throat. Rosemary will also help with any sinus or head pain associated with respiratory conditions. Try using your essential oil diffuser here, as it will disperse the aroma into the air, and many oil diffusers have the capacity to run for hours.
There is a possibility that rosemary may stimulate hair growth. There are no concrete studies that confirm this directly, but there is a link that will surely be explored. As you are scanning hair products you’ll notice that rosemary is often found as a leading ingredient in many brands. Given its numerous health benefits it is not surprise that rosemary will aid in enhancing the state of your hair, skin and nails.
Rosemary is a very common ingredient in anti-aging skin creams helping to reduce puffiness, stimulates cell regeneration, increases firmness, and improves overall skin tone. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and increases blood flow to the skin.
Rosemary is a no-brainer. It can come to your rescue in so many great ways to improve your health and maximize wellness. There is something so impressive about how powerful a natural substance can be. Enjoy the wonderful benefits that rosemary oil has to offer — the sky is almost the limit here!