I’m very excited to share this information with you today! I remember when I was a younger girl my grandmother always use to boil rosemary in water to make a tea remedy for either a bad stomach ache due to my severe period cramps or my digestion, and it always worked like magic and made the pain disappear. Ironically, while doing more research for healthy hair and scalp I stumbled across an amazing hair recipe and outstanding information about the benefits of rosemary.
The amazing benefits I found for the use of Rosemary are honestly almost endless! I will share all the information I gathered and put together and made as reader friendly as possible. So start enjoying the amazing benefits of the ROSEMARY herb. Ok, so let’s start with the hair benefits!
To rev hair growth:
1. Small extra virgin olive oil bottle
2. Four to six sprigs of rosemary.
3. Place the sprigs in the bottle and let it steep for a week before you apply it to your scalp. Make sure you wash and pat the rosemary dry with some kitchen paper.
4. Apply infused oil on your scalp and massage your entire head in circular motion for 10-15 minutes.
5. Then distribute the rest of the oil on your entire hair and place a plastic cap and a heating cap on for 30 minutes.
6. Wash with natural shampoo and conditioner.
Note: if you don’t want to wait too long for the rosemary infused in the oil for a whole week you can simply buy rosemary oil. Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and 4 drops rosemary essential oil.
This process stimulates the hair follicles.
FOR EXTRA SHINE BRING 2 CUPS OF WATER TO A BOIL AND PLACE 1 SPRIG IN IT. LET IT SIMMER FOR 3 MINUTES, AND COOL. POUR IT INTO A SPRAY BOTTLE AND SPRITZ ON YOUR HAIR TO MAKE IT SPARKLE!
Here are the rest of the benefits of the rosemary herb:)
Rosemary is a rich source of Vitamin E, giving it strong antioxidant qualities that prevent cancer-causing chemicals from binding and causing mutations in cellular DNA (particularly in the liver and bronchial cells). The anit-oxidant properties also help protect the cells in the body from the damage of free radicals by slowing down their production. Rosemary also may help in preventing heart disease, arthritis, premature aging and the formation of cataracts.
Rosemary cleanses the blood and helps to control many pathogenic organisms. As a diuretic, it increases the flow of urine that flushes bacteria from the body before they have chance to cause infection, yet does not completely wipe out the natural bacterial population of the digestive tract that keep the intestines in healthy balance.
Rosemary also kills germs when used as a gargle and mouthwash. To inhibit infections from minor cuts, press fresh leaves onto the wound. You can also use rosemary to prevent body odor caused by bacteria or fungus by mixing ground rosemary into bath powder and applying it the body. The leaves can be used to make tea for drinking or as a body wash.
Rosemary is an excellent brain stimulant that improves brain functioning and memory by feeding it with oxygen-rich blood. It also contains compounds that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that assists the nerve cells responsible for memory and reasoning.
These compounds may help Alzheimer patients by drinking in tea form and using shampoos containing Rosemary essence oils. Rosemary also improves hair quality, reduces dandruff and may delay balding by stimulating hair follicles. However, be aware that most shampoos on the market are full of toxic chemicals which in themselves may cause more problems. Buy a natural shampoo or make one yourself. I will post DIY chemical free shampoo.
Rosemary is an excellent stimulant for the circulatory system to treat disorders such as low blood pressure, bruises, sprains and varicose veins. The flavonoid, diosmin, is effective in reducing capillary fragility and enhances the flow of blood. Rosemary also regulates blood flow during menstruation and helps to ease menstrual cramps and pain.
Because Rosemary stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body, it increases the blood supply to the skin, which may help restore a youthful glow.
Rosemary essence can also be used in facial masks and may help in preventing wrinkles. Drink a cup of Rosemary tea as a pick me up when feeling fatigued.
Asthma may be relieved by rosemary’s volatile oil which can open air passages and help relieve congestion brought on by colds and flu. To aid with congestion, make an herbal tea with crushed rosemary.
Add 1 teaspoon per
cup of hot water, steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink a few cups a day.
You can also inhale steam from Rosemary tea to help break up congestion and reduce fever.
Rosemary strengthens and tones the stomach, stimulates digestion and relaxes the digestive tract, which helps to calm upset stomach, nausea, ease cramps and spasms in the intestines, alleviate flatulence, stimulate appetite, dyspepsia and bloating. It also stimulates the release of bile and aids in the digestion of dietary fat and is helpful in treating indigestion caused by anxiety.
Rosemary extract encourages detoxifying enzymes that help flush harmful toxins from the liver, boosting its function. As a mild diuretic, it can assist in reducing swelling.
Rosemary calms and soothes the nerves, relaxes muscles, eases pain and reduces tension and anxiety throughout the body. It has been very helpful in treating headache, stress-related migraines, depression, nervous exhaustion, depression and apathy. The herb is also effective in alleviating the pain of neuritis, neuralgia, tendonitis, rheumatism, aching joints and overall muscle pain and spasms.
ROSEMARY ACHES AND TENSION BATH
Add 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil to your bathwater to help relieve aching muscles and frazzled nerves.
Rosemary essential oil strenghtens capillaries when applied to the skin, having a refreshing effect. It also helps prevent age-related skin damage. As with any essential oil, dilute rosemary oil with another oil (such as coconut, olive or sesame) before applying to the skin, starting with a small patch to test for sensitivity.
HERE IS A MUST THAT I TRIED AND FELL IN LOVE WITH!
This has Become my favorite natural air-freshener. Put a small handful of Rosemary Leaf, 1 sliced lemon or orange, and a splash of vanilla into a sauce pot I had the artificial Dominican vanilla since I only use that because I grew up on it and it’s amazing! Let it all simmer on low all day (watch the water levels)- It smells amazing and freshens the house for days! I of courses used more than suggested the second time around because I LOVE the smell.
NOTE: You can also add cinnamon sticks, star anise and all spice for added aroma.