Essential Oil Rockstar: Rosemary

Rosemary is such a common kitchen herb, I think it gets overlooked. It’s distinctive aroma is a familiar one (roasted chicken for dinner, anyone?), but the oil is much more powerful than the herb itself. Just a drop or two can flavor a whole bird (add it to olive oil first, then coat chicken in the infused olive oil and bake).

It also gives me a big energy boost, especially in the afternoons (I diffuse it with Peppermint almost every day)! But when I hear “Rosemary,” I usually think hair. Yes, Rosemary promotes an abundant-looking head of hair (great news for me, since my hair is so thin, when I braid it, it’s about as thick as my pinky finger. LOL)!

It’s easy to keep a bottle of Rosemary in your shower and add a drop when you squirt conditioner into your hand, or pre-mix 20 drops in the conditioner bottle. Another option for deep conditioning is to mix 3 T. coconut oil, 1 T. olive oil, and 8 drops Rosemary. That’s enough for one treatment, just comb through after applying to evenly distribute it, leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. Here are a few other ways to use Rosemary:

• Helps reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.

• Take internally to support healthy internal organ function.

• Add one to two drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats and favorite entrees.

• Blend with Wintergreen and unscented lotion for a soothing massage experience.

• Blends with Melalueca and Basil for a stimulating scalp massage.

• Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration.

• Mix equal parts Rosemary and Lavender for stress reduction.

Who knew a little kitchen herb could be so useful?

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