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5 Healthy Hacks Using Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary oil is another one of those health and beauty superstars. Rosemary has long had an association with the mind and health. During the Middle Ages, it was worn during weddings and came to be known as a folkloric love charm. Rosemary has also been used in myths to represent increased memory and general remembrance. Today, it can be used in a variety of beauty applications that benefit the skin and hair.

Skin Booster

There’s not a special preparation for this one. It just requires you to massage your skin with rosemary essential oil. It works as a natural skin toner and hydrator. Plus, it promotes cell turnover, thus making skin tone more even. Try this method once per day or as often as you feel is necessary. The oil should dissolve naturally into the skin. Spread with a cotton ball.

Acne Treatment

Rosemary oil has some serious anti-inflammatory and bacteria-inhibiting properties. Apply the oil to the affected area to clear up any blemishes, or use the skin toner method above.

You can also make an oil mask by combining two parts carrier oil, like argan oil, to one part rosemary oil. Argan oil has high doses of antioxidants and vitamin E, which are great for the skin’s health. Wash your face before application. Leave the mixture on your face for five minutes, then rinse off.

Hair Hot Oil Treatment

Rosemary oil is a great hair moisturizer and naturally detangles hair. It’s also supposed to help treat dandruff and other scalp irritations, as well as help hair grow longer and stronger. Combine equal parts rosemary oil to equal parts castor or olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair, and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you have tangled hair, detangle it before you rinse out the treatment. That will release knots more easily.

Lotion

Because of its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, this oil would work great in a homemade lotion. To make your own lotion, combine two parts olive oil to one part coconut oil and one part beeswax. Add rosemary essential oil to preference.

To mix the ingredients, put them in a glass jar and heat the jar in a pan with about two inches of heated water in the pan. When the wax looks melted, shake the jar to mix the ingredients.

Mouthwash

You can even use this oil for rinsing out bad breath. Its antiseptic qualities will help purge the mouth of germs that cause bad breath and gingivitis. Combine about 10 drops of rosemary oil with a cup of water. Pour the mixture in, making sure not to swallow any (though you should choose a food grade essential oil if you’re using it as a mouthwash, just in case). Swish the mixture around the same way you would a mouth rinse and then spit it out.

Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.