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27 Awesome Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil

Written by Reannan Raine and updated on April 15, 2017
Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil has amazing properties that clean, clear and heal your mind and body. This oil is distilled from the herb rosemary, which has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Hebrews and Romans loved it so much that they considered it a sacred herb.

This incredible oil balances hormones, reduces your risk of developing cancer, helps heal damaged nerves and has a lovely, woodsy evergreen fragrance. It has the same antioxidant level as goji berries.

Rosemary oil also has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-rheumatic and anti-viral properties.

1. Reduce Carcinogens in Meat

Put rosemary essential oil on your meat before you cook it to reduce your risk of developing cancer. Meat develops carcinogenic toxins called heterocyclic amines when you cook it at high temperatures. The antioxidants carnosic acid, carnosol and rosmarinic acid, which are present in high concentrations in rosemary EO, prevent the formation of heterocyclic amines.

Mix a few drops of *food grade* rosemary essential oil into your hamburger before you make patties. Put a few drops on your hands, rub them together then rub the oil on your steak, chicken breast or other solid muscle meat just before cooking it. You can also include rosemary essential oil in a marinade before cooking to get the same benefits.

*Do not use rosemary essential oil if you are pregnant or nursing or on children under the age of 4 years old.*

2. Kill Unhealthy Food Pathogens

Use rosemary oil to kill Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. These are common food-borne pathogens that make us sick. You can mix a few drops of rosemary oil into olive oil for dressings, marinades or to flavor pizza dough. I like to coat my pizza dough with a little oil before I add the toppings. You can also use it in vegetables like squash or pasta dishes and raviolis.

*Make sure you get high-quality food grade rosemary essential oil for ingestion and therapeutic grade for topical applications or aromatherapy.*

3. Treat Cancer

Use rosemary EO to fight cancer. It has been proven to kill cancerous cells but leave non-cancerous cells unharmed. You can fight breast, colon, liver, ovarian, skin, stomach and prostate cancer with this oil. Studies show that, even at a concentration of only 1%, rosemary EO killed over 90% of liver and ovarian cancer cells. Use a mixture of 2 drops rosemary oil and 1/2 teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut, argan or jojoba oil. Rub the oil into the skin directly over the cancer 2 to 3 times each day.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

4. Improve your Immune System

Mix 2 to 3 drops of rosemary EO into 1 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil and rub it on your body to make your immune system healthier. Argan oil is non-greasy and absorbs very quickly. Coconut oil (can also be taken internally as a pill) works well for this but it can be a little greasy and it is hard on elastic.

Start at your wrists and work the oil into your skin all the way up your arms and into your underarms. Move to the center of your chest, rubbing the oil into the skin as you work outward to the underarms and up your neck. Do your legs, too, working your way up from your ankles to your hips and groin area. You can do this twice a day. Another good option is a rosemary EO bath. Just add 5 to 10 drops to your warm bathwater and enjoy a good soak.

5. Give your Gallbladder a Boost

Add 2 to 3 drops of rosemary oil to 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil to get your gallbladder functioning properly. The gallbladder is responsible for releasing bile into your stomach so you can digest foods. When it isn’t functioning properly, you can have all sorts of digestive issues. Just rub the mixture into your skin on the upper right area of your abdomen twice a day.

6. Detoxify your Liver

Use the gallbladder rub to help detoxify your liver. Just rub it into your skin right over your liver, which is in the same area as the gallbladder, twice a day. You can actually rub it all over your abdomen. It will improve digestion, reduce bloating and increase nutrient absorption.

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7. Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms

Rub a little rosemary oil into the skin on your chest and throat to get relief from cold and flu symptoms, especially congestion and cough. You can use it as often as every 3 to 4 hours. You can try using it straight but I prefer to mix it about half and half with argan oil. It’s anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties will reduce excess mucous and its antiseptic properties may help treat an upper respiratory infection. Another excellent rosemary mix for congestion and cough contains 4 drops of helichrysum and 6 drops of rosemary. Mix them together, open the bottle and simply inhale as deeply as you can up to 4 times a day.

*Put a drop of rosemary oil on your skin in an inconspicuous area and wait at least a few hours to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction before putting it all over your body.*

8. Improve Circulation

Mix a few drops of rosemary EO into 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your skin 2 to 3 times a day to improve circulation. Rub it into your feet and legs, arms and hands and over your chest to get that blood flowing. This is especially good if you tend to have cold hands and feet. You will be amazed at how quickly that goes away after you start using this essential oil.

9. Relieve Headache Pain

Put 1 to 2 drops of rosemary oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm up the oil then cup them over your nose and mouth. Breath in the oil vapors for a minute to get relief from headache pain. You can also put a drop or 2 on your fingertips and massage the oil into your forehead and temples for a minute. It may even give you migraine relief.

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10. Relieve Sore Achy Muscles

Make a good sore-muscle rub with 4 to 5 drops of rosemary oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Its analgesic or pain-relieving properties will quickly take your aches and pains away. Just rub it into your sore muscles. If you want to give your muscle rub a boost, use 2 drops of peppermint oil and 2 drops of rosemary in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.

11. Reduce Arthritis Inflammation

Use the sore-muscle rub to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis. Rub it into your sore, swollen, achy joints 2 to 3 times a day.

12. Get Relief from Neuropathy or Neuralgia

Make a rosemary blend to reduce or even help heal neuropathy and neuralgia. Rosemary reduces pain and spasms while it encourages healthy respiration. Mix 2 drops each of rosemary, cypress and helichrysum essential oils into 1/2 teaspoon of the carrier oil of your choice. Rub it into the affected area 2 to 3 times a day.

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13. Heal Acne

Mix 2 to 3 drops of rosemary oil into 1/2 teaspoon of your preferred carrier oil, spread it over your face, avoiding the eyes, and give it a good massage. Dampen a washcloth with warm water and wipe the oil off. The antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary oil properties will heal the acne and improve your skin.

Even though coconut oil is a little heavier, it may be better for this. Since you are using it to wash your face, you probably won’t want to use a fast-absorbing oil like argan. You can use straight coconut oil to clean your eyelids and remove eye make-up.

14. Reduce Cellulite

Mix 2 drops each of rosemary and fennel or juniper essential oils with 3 teaspoons of argan, jojoba, olive or sweet almond oil and massage the areas of cellulite once or twice each day. This mix will increase circulation to help clear out the toxins and firm your skin. Do the immune system massage along with this one to speed up results and improve your general health and well-being.

15. Reduce Stretch Marks

Mix 5 drops of rosemary oil into 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into any areas of your skin where stretch marks are visible. You can use it a couple times a day. It is important to use coconut oil for this recipe as it adds its own stretch-mark-fighting properties to the mix.

16. Get Rid of Dandruff

Pour a small amount of your regular shampoo into a bowl, I usually do 1/4 cup at a time, then mix 4 to 5 drops of rosemary EO into it. Put the mixture on your hair, work it up into a lather then gently massage your scalp. Don’t scratch it. Just work the shampoo into your scalp gently with your fingertips for a minute or two. Let it set for a few minutes, maybe wash your face while it sets, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. The anti-fungal properties of rosemary EO will clear up that dandruff in no time.

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17. Encourage New Hair Growth

Add 2 to 3 drops of rosemary oil to about 1/4 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage it into your scalp to stimulate new hair growth. You can massage it in an hour or so before you wash your hair, if it makes your hair oily. The dandruff shampoo recipe above can also help with hair growth. Another shampoo recipe that you may enjoy contains 20 drops of rosemary oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 6 ounces of aloe vera gel. It is very refreshing.

18. Freshen Breath

Mix 20 drops of rosemary and 10 drops of peppermint EO into 1 cup of water, put it in a sealable bottle, seal the bottle and shake until well mixed. Swish and spit several times a day for fresh breath.

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19. Fight Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Use the above breath-freshening recipe, with or without the peppermint, to kill bad bacteria, alleviate gum disease and prevent tooth decay.

20. Improve your Memory

Put 2 to 3 drops of rosemary EO into your diffuser and practice rosemary aromatherapy for 45 to 60 minutes every day to enhance memory function. If you prefer, you can add 2 to 3 drops of rosemary oil to 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and rub that on your neck once a day.

*Consult your physician before you use rosemary EO if you are currently taking any medication for conditions like high blood pressure, edema or diabetes. It also can interact badly with lithium and blood thinners.*

21. Increase Mental Clarity

Use rosemary EO to speed up your thinking and improve your accuracy. This oil has been proven to help in this area. Practice rosemary aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes a few times each day. Do your aromatherapy right before a big test or important meeting so you will be at your best. You will be amazed at how much difference it makes.

22. De-stress

Relax with 30 to 60 minutes of rosemary EO aromatherapy to reduce stress and limit the negative effects it can have on your entire body. Just add a few drops to your diffuser and switch it on. Rosemary has been proven to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone that can be so destructive.

23. Relieve Anxiety

Enjoy rosemary EO aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety. Just 30 to 60 minutes of this lovely fragrance has been proven to significantly reduce anxiety.

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24. Eradicate Bugs in the Garden

Use rosemary as a horticultural oil to eradicate all types of bugs in your garden. Be sure to use only the best therapeutic grade, or better yet food grade, oils on your plants. Combine 10 drops of clove, peppermint, rosemary and thyme essential oils in warm water. Pour it into a small spray bottle, shake well and spray.

25. Repel Mosquitos

Use 10 to 20 drops of rosemary EO per 2 tablespoons of water and dab it on or mix up enough to put into a spray bottle and spray it on. Just be sure to shake well prior to use.

26. Clean Your Home

Clean and disinfect your home with a mixture of 12 drops of rosemary EO per 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of water. Put the mix into a spray bottle, shake well, point and spray then wipe clean. This is wonderful for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. Rosemary oil’s anti-microbial, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties will leave your home clean as a whistle.

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27. Freshen the Air

Clean the air in your home with a little rosemary oil aromatherapy. You can also add 2 to 3 drops to a small spray bottle of water, shake well and fresh the air in your vehicle.

Was this list helpful to you? I was amazed when I found out about all of the incredibly beneficial properties in rosemary essential oil. It has been revered for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years and modern day science is finally catching on. Clinical studies continue to prove how awesome and necessary this essential oil really is. I hope you will try geranium essential oil so you can enjoy all of its wonderful uses.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and tell me about your own personal experiences with rosemary essential oil. We can all share our experiences to take part in compiling a more complete list of its benefits. Be sure to share, too, so that others can learn about all of this oil’s natural benefits.


About the author

    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.


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