Along with our lovely swaying fields of lavender, here on our Jersey Lavender farm we also have a fantastic crop of lavender’s cousin, rosemary. Well known for its myriad of culinary uses, rosemary also provides a pungent and powerful essential oil, which we carefully and expertly distil right here on the farm. So what are some of the uses of rosemary essential oil?
Enhance learning and memory
Several studies have shown that rosemary essential oil can have a beneficial effect upon learning and memory. When subjected to the scent of rosemary, participants have returned higher scores on numerous memory tests and have found that learning new facts has been easier and their recollection more successful.
Rosemary has a stimulating and cleansing effect on the brain and so at times of stress, worry or overwork it can help to separate out those confused thought and allow you to see things more clearly.
Although research into this area is still very much in its infancy, a number of small scale studies have shown that the mentally stimulating effects of inhaling rosemary essential oil can have a positive effect on cognitive function in Alzheimer’s sufferers.
Rosemary’s stimulating effect on the brain can also be observed on the circulatory system. If you suffer from poor circulation then regular massage with rosemary essential oil (that has been diluted into a carrier oil such as olive or sweet almond – rosemary is not suitable for use neat on the skin) can help to remedy the problem.
Connected to rosemary’s ability to boost circulation can be its ability to treat headaches, especially if stress related. Simply massaging a little diluted rosemary oil into your temples can help to clear your thoughts and help your headache to melt away. This is especially effective if combined with a drop of our wonderful lavender essential oil.
Rosemary also boasts incredibly antibacterial and anti-viral properties and so can be very effective at keeping illness at bay. One excellent way to keep you feeling fit and healthy is to use rosemary oil as part of a lymphatic massage. Our lymphatic system is important in clearing our body of waste so stimulating the lymph nodes (especially those under our armpits) with rosemary essential oil can be extremely beneficial.
Rosemary’s stimulating properties are also very effective on the hair and the scalp and so adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo can ensure that your scalp is kept clean, healthy and free from dandruff. A combination of this stimulating effect and its antibacterial and anti-fungal actions proves particularly effective here.
These are just some of the many wonderful uses of rosemary essential oil, so why not grab a bottle and see for yourself?