How to use Rosemary essential oil

Boost your memory and concentration with a bottle of Rosemary essential oil.

Rosmarinus Officinalis

Derived from woody evergreen Rosemary plants by steam distillation, 100% pure Rosemary essential oil has many beneficial uses to promote good health and wellbeing. The oil is strong, vibrant and uplifting. It is camphorous with herbaceous warm undertones. Rosemary oil can be used as a complimentary medicine, to improve hair, skin and memory and also around the home as a natural cleaning solution.

how to smell essential oils correctly

If you smell Rosemary oil straight from the bottle you may detect a Eucalyptus scent, however by smelling the oil in this way you will only be getting the top note which is the lighter volatile scent that rises to the top of the bottle. To understand the full aroma of the oil diffuse in water, dilute in a carrier oil or drop a little on some tissue or cotton ball and waft. This will allow you to get the full bodied herbal aroma that the oil gives off, which is quite different to that of Eucalyptus oil.

Where have I smelt Rosemary oil before?

Pears soap
Rosemary extract is thought to be part of the original ingredients in Pears soap which was manufactured from 1807 - 2009. In more recent years after 2009 the legislation on cosmetic ingredients changed and since then Pears no longer divulge the ingredient list of their soap, however the clean essence of Rosemary oil may be familiar to those of us who remember the original Pears formula fragrance.

Rogue Man by Rihanna was launched in late 2014 with the male Rogue fragrance incorporating top notes of Rosemary, Bergamot, Black pepper and Clementine. The top note of any perfume can be compared to the top note of an essential oil. It is the initial scent which dissipates to reveal the middle note, or heart note. The middle note sits above the base note which leaves a longer lasting scent on the skin.

Culinary uses

cooking with rosemary

Rosemary is used in cooking for its aromatic qualities which create a woody herbaceous taste when added to stews and roasted foods. It's a distinctive smell which you may also recognise in Rosemary flavoured herbal teas.

What are the uses for Rosemary essential oil?

Rosemary essential oil for memory
Give your concentration and memory a boost by diffusing Rosemary oil while you study or work. A study by Northumbria university showed that this amazing oil increased the grades of students who were subjected to the scent, however this isn’t new knowledge. Students in Ancient Greece also knew about the properties of Rosemary oil and wore garlands of Rosemary around their necks to give themselves an edge during exams.

Rosemary essential oil for hair
Rosemary oil has an astringent aroma and once you have a whiff you will no doubt realise that this oil can be an excellent clarifier for you hair. There is no need to spend a lot of money on a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up. Instead add a few drops of Rosemary oil to your existing shampoo. The stimulating effects of the oil increase blood circulation, so by massaging the oil mixed with a carrier such as jojoba into your scalp it can positively impact hair growth and leave your hair with a fresh scent and beautiful shine.

Rosemary essential oil for skin
The antiseptic and disinfectant properties of Rosemary oil make it a good general cleanser and toner for skin. Incorporate Rosemary essential oil into your skincare routine by using as a toner diluted in water to wipe away grease and dirt build up; and use after cleansing mixed in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil to gently massage into the face before bed. Sweet Almond oil will keep your skin soft and supple and minimise the signs of ageing while the astringent properties of the Rosemary will leave your skin feeling fresh and squeaky clean, while increasing circulation and promoting cell renewal.

Rosemary essential oil for pest control
Rosemary plants are natural pest controllers and are often planted by gardeners near other plants, to keep them pest free. You can harness the natural insecticidal properties of Rosemary oil and make a chemical free solution to keep insects away from your prized vegetation and flowers. Add the oil to a spray bottle with water, shake and spray to keep critters away. 

Rosemary essential oil for household chores
The antiseptic properties of Rosemary essential oil make it a must have addition for natural chemical free household cleaning tasks. Mix Rosemary EO with other astringent oils such as Tea Tree and Lemongrass, in a solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This home made spray can be used to clean your home safely and will also leave a clean fresh scent. 

Rosemary oil blends well with
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree.

Rosemary essential oil recipes

Rosemary oil diffuser blend
To improve memory add 7 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Lemon oil to a diffuser. Allow the oils to diffuse in a room while you breathe in the aroma. The Rosemary has a keen herbaceous, astringent scent which is subdued by the floral undertones of the Lavender while the Lemon creates a subtle kick. This blend will keep you alert and ready for focused concentration.

Rosemary oil roller ball for headache relief
For an all natural way to treat tension headaches add a blend of 8 drops of Rosemary, 4 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of peppermint and 2 drops of pure Roman Chamomile to a 10ml roller ball and fill to near the top with a carrier oil.

You can use the roller on your forehead, temples, neck and shoulders and even on the bottom of your feet to help relieve a tension headache. Pop the roller ball in your bag and take it with you to treat a headache or if you need a quick pick me up. If you don’t have a rollerball blend the ingredients and massage directly onto the skin.

Rosemary essential oil safety

Always dilute Rosemary essential oil and only use the oil externally. This oil should be avoided if you are pregnant or nursing. Always consult a healthcare professional or qualified aromatherapist if you are unsure of usage.