Rosemary Oil: Benefits and Uses

Due to it’s variety of benefits, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is one of the most favored essential oils since ancient times. The rosemary bush belongs to the mint family along with basil, lavender, sage, and myrtle. In the Mediterranean region rosemary is very popular as a culinary herb, and many meals are cooked with it both in oil form and fresh leaves.

The oil is extracted from steam distillation of the flowering plant, and it’s benefits are highly valued for its ability to strengthen immunity, aid digestion, and heal sensitive organs. Let’s take a closer look at what rosemary oil has to offer.

Pain Reliever


You can use rosemary oil to help ease headaches, muscle pains, rheumatism, and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties in rosemary make it perfect for mitigating pain from sprains and joint aches. It stimulates blood circulation, which eases pain and aids in coagulation of faster wound healing.

Boosts Immunity

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When it comes to defending the body against dangerous diseases and infections, antioxidants are without a doubt your best friend. Foods and essential oils high in antioxidants can strengthen your immune system, and greatly improve your overall health.

Massaging rosemary oil or inhalation of the oil increases the body’s immunity and fights all diseases associated with free radicals, including heart disease and cancer.

Treats Respiratory Issues


The scent of rosemary oil can help relieve throat congestion, and it can also be used in the treatment of respiratory allergies, colds, the flu, and sore throats. The oil is also can antiseptic, which makes it equally beneficial in treating respiratory infections. Furthermore, rosemary oil is antispasmodic and is used in certain treatment programs for bronchial asthma.



Rosemary is a fantastic inhalant due to its captivating and unique fragrance. The oil is often found as an ingredient in room fresheners, cosmetics, beauty aids, bath oil, foods, perfumes, and candles. Breathing it in helps boost mental energy, and clear the respiratory tract.

To remove bad odors from objects or room, create a mixture of rosemary oil and water in a spray bottle, and spray on desired area.

Relieves Stress


Possessing a calm, relaxing nature, rosemary can decrease the level of cortisol (one of the main stress hormones) in the body. Too much cortisol due to chronic stress can disrupt the body by means of an ineffective metabolism and a hormonal imbalance.

Inhaling rosemary oil and lavender oil for five minutes has been found to significantly reduce cortisol levels, and greatly decrease the dangers of chronic stress.

Oral Care


A great disinfectant, rosemary is often used as a useful mouthwash to help remove bad breath and oral bacteria. Using rosemary oil can successfully prevent gingivitis, cavities, plague build up, and other serious dental conditions.

Brain Booster


An awesome brain and nerve tonic, rosemary increases concentration, and stimulate mental activity. It also makes a good remedy for depression or sadness as it immediately helps lift mood, and can also treat forgetfulness and mental fatigue.

The next time your brain feels tired or foggy, inhale a little rosemary oil to kick boredom to the curb and reignite mental energy. Because of these benefits researchers are exploring options for using rosemary oil as a natural, alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Skin Care


Rosemary oil contains antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that make it incredibly beneficial in eliminating eczema, oily skin, dermatitis, and acne. Using the oil topically helps tone skin, and removes dryness, giving your skin a healthy, even glow.

You can massage the oil onto skin regularly, apply it simply to affected areas, or add it to your moisturizer and other creams.

Hair Care


If you thought rosemary oil was great for skin, it’s even better for hair! Rosemary oil and teas are commonly used in shampoos and lotions. Regular use can help stimulate hair follicles, helping hair to grow longer and stronger. It can also help decrease premature hair loss, slows graying of hair, and makes a great tonic for male pattern baldness.

To help treat a dry, flaky scalp, regular massaging of the oil onto scalp helps nourish it and remove pesky dandruff. You can mix rosemary oil with tea tree oil and basil oil to treat scalp issues. An age old recipe for darkening and strengthening hair is combining rosemary oil with olive oil by using hot oil treatments.

Improves Digestion


Inhaling rosemary oil can help calm an upset stomach and relieve gas as well as pain associated with excess gas. It reduces the severity and frequency of muscle spasms which cause digestive discomfort, and help relieve stomach bloating. Massaging the oil over the stomach can also help relieve constipation, making it a great alternative for those who want to avoid medication or laxatives.

Other Benefits

Other claims for possible health benefits of rosemary oil include disorders in menstrual cycle, menstrual cramps, peptic ulcer, prostate, urine flow, gall bladder, liver, intestine, heart, leukemia, and kidney stones.


Rosemary oil blends quite well with frankincense, lavender, clary sage, basil, cedarwood, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, chamomile, peppermint, and cardamom oil.


Before applying rosemary oil to skin be sure to use a carrier oil with it first such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil. Never ingest rosemary oil as it is volatile in nature and can cause vomiting, kidney irritation, and spasms. Excessive use of rosemary on skin may cause irritation, increased sun sensitivity, or allergic reactions. It should not be used by pregnant, breastfeeding or nursing women as it can increase the risk of a miscarriage.

Let these warnings not scare you off, though. Use everything in moderation, and enjoy the numerous benefits of this humble essential oil.