Rosemary Oil Uses and Benefits

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Considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is much more than an aromatic herb that tastes good on potatoes and roasted lamb.  It’s also one of the most powerful herbs and essential oils on the planet.

Rosemary has a woody, evergreen like scent and is part of the mint family. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.

Native to the Mediterranean, the wooded evergreen has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years to:

  • Improve memory
  • Soothe digestive uses
  • Relieve muscle aches and pains

More recently, it has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products due to its antiseptic properties and researchers are starting to dig deeper into its medicinal characteristics.

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Having an antioxidant ORAC value of 3,300, rosemary has the same free radical fighting power as goji berries! The chemical in rosemary primarily responsible for this is carnosol, a phenolic diterpene also found in mountain desert sage.

In addition to being a rich antioxidant, carnosol is also known for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, which help explain why rosemary essential oil is so potent. According to a recent article published in the journal Cancer Letters, “Carnosol has been evaluated for anti-cancer property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer with promising results!”

It has also been discovered that carnosol targets cells to reduce inflammation and can also:

  • Balance androgen and estrogen in the body
  • Lower DHT (dihyroxytestosterone) improving hair growth and prostate health
  • Reduce cancer risk
  • Increase nerve growth factor healing nerve tissue

According to researchers, “It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells versus non-tumorigenic cells and is well tolerated when administered to animals.” In other words, carnosol acts like a military sniper who only takes out his enemy target and doesn’t damage neighboring cells like the chemotherapy nuclear-bomb approach, which kills everything along its path

Top 4 Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits

In addition to reversing inflammation and halting the growth of cancer cells, research has uncovered that rosemary essential oil is also highly effective in several other areas.

1. Rosemary Oil Benefits Hair Growth 

When applied over the scalp rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth. Many people also claim that it can prevent baldness, slows graying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. After testing a hair lotion that he patented, Francesc Casadó Galcerá found that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and swertia and found some pretty remarkable results:

  • A 22.4% increases in new hair growth.
  • An increase in “rapid” hair growth.
  • An increase in microcirculation of the scalp, which promotes healing.
  • An improvement in the ability of hair to resist traction.
  • A decrease in hair loss after shampooing.

To experience how rosemary oil benefits hair growth try using this homemade DIY Rosemary Mint Shampoo recipe.

2. Rosemary Improves Memory

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember.”

~ Ophelia (Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”)

Worn by Greek scholars to enhance their memory when taking exams, the mental strengthening ability of rosemary has been known for thousands of years. The International Journal of Neuroscience published a study highlighting this phenomenon.

Upon evaluating how the cognitive performance of 144 participants was affected by rosemary oil aromatherapy, lavender oil aromatherapy, and controls University of Northumbria, Newcastle researchers discovered that,

  • Probably due to its significant calming effect, “lavender produced a significant decrement in performance of working memory, and impaired reaction times for both memory and attention based tasks.”
  • “Rosemary produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors.”
  • Rosemary helped people become more alert.
  • Lavender and rosemary helped produced a feeling of “contentment” in the volunteers.

Affecting much more than memory, studies have also known that rosemary essential oil can help treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Published in Psychogeriatrics, the effects of aromatherapy were tested on 28 elderly people with dementia (17 of whom had Alzheimer’s).

After inhaling the vapor of rosemary and lemon in the morning, and lavender and orange in the evening various functional assessments were conducted and all patients “patients showed significant improvement in personal orientation” and no one experienced any side effects.

3. Liver Detoxification and Gallbladder Function

Traditionally used for its ability to help with gastrointestinal complaints, rosemary is also a fantastic detoxifier. Studies have been done in India uncovering how supplementing with rosemary greatly enhances your body’s bile flow (which is essential for fat metabolism and detoxification) and reduces plasma liver enzymes (which has been linked to type II diabetes).

Essentially, by helping enhance the performance of the bile-producing gallbladder (as well as balancing out the microflora in your gut) proper peristaltic activity is promoted, which boosting nutrient absorption and helps reverse/prevent toxic overload.

4. Rosemary Lowers Cortisol

A study was conducted out of Meikai University, School of Dentistry in Japan that interestingly evaluated how 5 minutes of lavender and rosemary aromatherapy affected the salivary cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone) of 22 healthy volunteers.

Upon observing that both essential oils enhance free radical scavenging activity, they also discovered that both greatly reduced cortisol levels, which protects the body from chronic disease due to oxidative stress.

Best Rosemary Oil Uses

As you can see from the research, rosemary essential oil is effective and safe to use in a variety of ways. When it comes to implementing them into your natural health regimen, I recommend the following do-it-yourself recipes:

Improve Memory – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and rub on upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.

Hair Thickener – Put 5 drops of rosemary oil on scalp and massage in after showers or use my homemade rosemary mint shampoo recipe.

Heal Prostate – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of carrier oil and rub beneath testicles.

Reduce Pain – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub on sore muscles and painful joints.

Improve Gallbladder Function – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/4 tsp of coconut oil and rub over gallbladder area 2x daily.

Heal Neuropathy and Neuralgia – Take 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of helichrysum oil, 2 drops of cypress oil and 1/2 tsp of a carrier oil and rub on area of neuropathy.

Note, it is also recommended that you do not use on children under 4 years of age. With children, we recommend you consider using frankincense oil instead for many conditions. Make sure that you consult with your natural healthcare provider before making it part of your kids’ routine.

Where to Buy Rosemary Oil

This is one of the most vital things you must know about essential oils… Not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and often synthetic. When buying essential oils make sure they are therapeutic grade. If you want to order the brand I trust and personally use, email [email protected] to order or learn where to buy them.

How about you? What are YOUR favorite ways to use rosemary essential oil?

 

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Sources & References:

  • Johnson JJ.Carnosol: a promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent. Cancer Lett. 2011 Jun 1;305(1):1-7.
  • Mixture containing extracts of hops, rosemary and swertia and silanodiol salicylate. Available at: http://www.google.com/patents/US6447762?dq=rosemary+essential+oil+hair+follicles.
  • Moss M, et al. Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. Int J Neurosci. 2003 Jan;113(1):15-38.
  • Al-Sereitia MR. Pharmacology of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Linn.) and its therapeutic potentials. Indian J Exp Bio
Vol; 1999: 37: 24-131.

No comments yet - you should start the conversation!

  1. Becky Sims says:

    I will be mixing up soon.

  2. Theresa says:

    I was diagnosed with RA in 1994. Since then I have taken many medicines. I have yet to find one that helps. I recently took the new Vectra RA test. My RA is at the high end. Meaning it is very active. Will the rosemary help with my pain?

    • For RA, I would follow the protocols outlined here: http://draxe.com/natural-arthritis-cures/

    • Roseann Rothenbusch says:

      I have had many issues with RA from the age of 5. I am now 69 and in just the last year and a half, I have found wonderful relief in high doses of turmeric, ginger and hawthorn, all natural anti-inflammatory items. My joints are so much more flexible and I have lost much of the stiffness. I take morning & evening doses, 500 mg. of each item, both AM & PM. In addition, I am using probiotic daily, following guidelines to bring gut into healthy balance. The difference has been amazing! I cut dairy products and am now allergy free–previously having spring & fall occasions requiring EM Room visits for Asthma and breathing issues. My research has been my savior!

  3. Erron says:

    Dr. Axe,

    What brand of essential oils do you use? Are you familiar with Young Living oils? If so, what are your thoughts?

    Thank you,
    Erron

  4. Theresa says:

    I have a rosemary bush, which I love to use in my cooking. How would I extract the oils from it to use for the multiple suggestions you have listed

  5. Christine says:

    How is Rosemary Oil used for #3, Liver Detoxification and Gall Bladder function? Can it be ingested, or just rubbed on the gall bladder area. Will it help with chronic constipation?

  6. Beauty Seacret Agent says:

    I like to use it straight on skin, to remove inflammation. Works as antiseptic. no need in alcohol . :)

  7. Diana says:

    Love this list! I have tried a few different brands of oils myself and was disappointed when they did nothing for me. Even doubted everything I was hearing about them. Only after using a clinical grade, the only ones available, I finally something that works and will only use them from now on. The only ones I trust!

  8. Skeptical Realist says:

    Does it solve world peace? Will it reduce global warming? Will it solve world hunger? Will God come down and say “well, Rosemary made me moot, carry on. “

  9. Laura Alexander says:

    I enjoy all you nutritional information. I have a question regarding a facial bout of cellullities, I am post 1 year but yet I have brusing as a post result . I s there anything on a natural repair I could do?

    Warmly,

    Laura

  10. Melissa Filippi says:

    I have been trying to help a friend find the right oils to improve eczema on her hands. I thought lavender but would rosemary also be one to try? Or what would you recommend?
    Also the recipes are always so helpful. Thank you!

  11. Sylvia says:

    I would love to include EO but I am not sure which kind to use, there are so many out there, I start out with Eden Gardens, I would like to know what you personally use, I know you would use the best EO, since a lot of your recipes you ingest. Thank you in advance

  12. BrokeBackMc says:

    I’ve had 3 major back surgeries and suffer from chronic pain. A very cherished friend made a mixture for me of a carrier oil, peppermint and rosemary essential oils. It does wonders. Rubbing it into the low back helps the radiating pain down my leg. Also rubbing it into the temples and neck stops a migraine. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  13. Elaine Palmer says:

    Am studying for an exam can I just inhale the oil

  14. Lajuanna says:

    My son has bronchitis, which oil do you recommend for me put in his room? Lavender or Eucalyptus. And, I’m going through peri – menopause which would help me?

    Thanks,

    Lajuanna

  15. Shannon says:

    Can this help balance hormones for fertility and what others do you recommend? Thank you!

  16. Linda says:

    I have a friend with, Ibs and now has gallstones he went to dr. They said it will pass through urination.

  17. bontae Wynn says:

    I have slow hair growth and breakage.which oils do you suggeSt i use?

  18. Lee says:

    Very interested in the information regarding gallbladder/stones. What would the regime be if used internally for G’stones

  19. sanjay says:

    Please suggest which brand should I buy for a pure Rosemary oil for hair growth

    Kindly give me the sight of possible.

    Thanks

  20. Marie says:

    What are your thoughts on Rosemary triggering seizures?

    • Lianne says:

      I have this same question re the rosemary oil. As well as camphor, eucalyptus oil. Eukybear rub has these ingredients and I wondered if rubbing this on skin and inhaling can cause/trigger a seizure in a person with a known seizure disorder.

  21. Beverly cook says:

    How do you use Rosemary or/and Lavender to reduce cortisol?

  22. Jackie says:

    I would like to know where I could buy a quality rosemary oil. What qualifications does your recommendation have? Thanks!
    Jackie

  23. Tammy says:

    I have read in other articles that rosemary can cause heavy menstrual cycles. How can I use it to get the other benefits without having this side effect?

  24. Linda Griffin says:

    I always had a problem with my hair edges, the ball edges makes me have I w self esteem and I wear wigs all the time. How can this help my hair to grow back and do you have some oil for dark age spots that comes in your face. And if so pleas email me on your prices.

  25. barro says:

    hi i am barro can someone consume rosemary oil? thank you.

  26. Cristina says:

    Hi Dr. Axe, I have neuropathy on my feet and athlete’s feet, so whatever I use for athletes’s foot causes heat for my neuropathy. I wear open sandals, and use a shower filter. I also eat primarily vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. What do you recommend for my feet? They get red, swollen, itchy and there is so much skin peeling!

    • [email protected] says:

      Check his web page main page today ‘7 natural treatments. . .

      Also he had one under the Rosemary E.Oil article

  27. Gift says:

    I’m in Nigeria, where can I get the Rosemary essential oil for my hair growth?

  28. TimH says:

    Dr Axe, You mention in the profile portion, that Rosemary E oil targets Cancer cells like a sniper. But there is no information on how to do this. What method to use – Ingesting, or externally around the Tumor? Thank You

  29. TZ says:

    I have a friend who has thinning hair and wants to use Rosemary. However, I’m not sure I should recommend that because she also has high blood pressure. I’ve heard you should avoid Rosemary if you have high blood pressure. Is that true?

  30. Roberta Wellmann says:

    I have temporal arteritis with some vision issues. Have been on Prednisone for a couple weeks and side effects were so bad had to go off and symptoms are back. I use essential oils everyday on my skin and wondering if there are any that would significantly reduce the inflammation in my temporal artery? I just started massaging Rosemary and almond oil into my temples when I saw this? Thank you.

  31. Zara Plakakis says:

    I apply a drop of rosemary essential oil over my heart to keep my hypotension symptoms away for the day!! I use YL.

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  1. Becky Sims says:

    I will be mixing up soon.

  2. Theresa says:

    I was diagnosed with RA in 1994. Since then I have taken many medicines. I have yet to find one that helps. I recently took the new Vectra RA test. My RA is at the high end. Meaning it is very active. Will the rosemary help with my pain?

  3. Erron says:

    Dr. Axe,

    What brand of essential oils do you use? Are you familiar with Young Living oils? If so, what are your thoughts?

    Thank you,
    Erron

  4. Theresa says:

    I have a rosemary bush, which I love to use in my cooking. How would I extract the oils from it to use for the multiple suggestions you have listed

  5. Christine says:

    How is Rosemary Oil used for #3, Liver Detoxification and Gall Bladder function? Can it be ingested, or just rubbed on the gall bladder area. Will it help with chronic constipation?

  6. Beauty Seacret Agent says:

    I like to use it straight on skin, to remove inflammation. Works as antiseptic. no need in alcohol . :)

  7. Diana says:

    Love this list! I have tried a few different brands of oils myself and was disappointed when they did nothing for me. Even doubted everything I was hearing about them. Only after using a clinical grade, the only ones available, I finally something that works and will only use them from now on. The only ones I trust!

  8. Skeptical Realist says:

    Does it solve world peace? Will it reduce global warming? Will it solve world hunger? Will God come down and say “well, Rosemary made me moot, carry on. “

  9. Laura Alexander says:

    I enjoy all you nutritional information. I have a question regarding a facial bout of cellullities, I am post 1 year but yet I have brusing as a post result . I s there anything on a natural repair I could do?

    Warmly,

    Laura

  10. Melissa Filippi says:

    I have been trying to help a friend find the right oils to improve eczema on her hands. I thought lavender but would rosemary also be one to try? Or what would you recommend?
    Also the recipes are always so helpful. Thank you!

  11. Sylvia says:

    I would love to include EO but I am not sure which kind to use, there are so many out there, I start out with Eden Gardens, I would like to know what you personally use, I know you would use the best EO, since a lot of your recipes you ingest. Thank you in advance

  12. BrokeBackMc says:

    I’ve had 3 major back surgeries and suffer from chronic pain. A very cherished friend made a mixture for me of a carrier oil, peppermint and rosemary essential oils. It does wonders. Rubbing it into the low back helps the radiating pain down my leg. Also rubbing it into the temples and neck stops a migraine. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  13. Elaine Palmer says:

    Am studying for an exam can I just inhale the oil

  14. Lajuanna says:

    My son has bronchitis, which oil do you recommend for me put in his room? Lavender or Eucalyptus. And, I’m going through peri – menopause which would help me?

    Thanks,

    Lajuanna

  15. Shannon says:

    Can this help balance hormones for fertility and what others do you recommend? Thank you!

  16. Linda says:

    I have a friend with, Ibs and now has gallstones he went to dr. They said it will pass through urination.

  17. bontae Wynn says:

    I have slow hair growth and breakage.which oils do you suggeSt i use?

  18. Lee says:

    Very interested in the information regarding gallbladder/stones. What would the regime be if used internally for G’stones

  19. sanjay says:

    Please suggest which brand should I buy for a pure Rosemary oil for hair growth

    Kindly give me the sight of possible.

    Thanks

  20. Marie says:

    What are your thoughts on Rosemary triggering seizures?

  21. Beverly cook says:

    How do you use Rosemary or/and Lavender to reduce cortisol?

  22. Jackie says:

    I would like to know where I could buy a quality rosemary oil. What qualifications does your recommendation have? Thanks!
    Jackie

  23. Tammy says:

    I have read in other articles that rosemary can cause heavy menstrual cycles. How can I use it to get the other benefits without having this side effect?

  24. Linda Griffin says:

    I always had a problem with my hair edges, the ball edges makes me have I w self esteem and I wear wigs all the time. How can this help my hair to grow back and do you have some oil for dark age spots that comes in your face. And if so pleas email me on your prices.

  25. barro says:

    hi i am barro can someone consume rosemary oil? thank you.

  26. Cristina says:

    Hi Dr. Axe, I have neuropathy on my feet and athlete’s feet, so whatever I use for athletes’s foot causes heat for my neuropathy. I wear open sandals, and use a shower filter. I also eat primarily vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. What do you recommend for my feet? They get red, swollen, itchy and there is so much skin peeling!

  27. Gift says:

    I’m in Nigeria, where can I get the Rosemary essential oil for my hair growth?

  28. TimH says:

    Dr Axe, You mention in the profile portion, that Rosemary E oil targets Cancer cells like a sniper. But there is no information on how to do this. What method to use – Ingesting, or externally around the Tumor? Thank You

  29. TZ says:

    I have a friend who has thinning hair and wants to use Rosemary. However, I’m not sure I should recommend that because she also has high blood pressure. I’ve heard you should avoid Rosemary if you have high blood pressure. Is that true?

  30. Roberta Wellmann says:

    I have temporal arteritis with some vision issues. Have been on Prednisone for a couple weeks and side effects were so bad had to go off and symptoms are back. I use essential oils everyday on my skin and wondering if there are any that would significantly reduce the inflammation in my temporal artery? I just started massaging Rosemary and almond oil into my temples when I saw this? Thank you.

  31. Zara Plakakis says:

    I apply a drop of rosemary essential oil over my heart to keep my hypotension symptoms away for the day!! I use YL.

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