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Rosemary: The Essential Oil That Fights Arthritis, Anxiety And Hair Loss — And Kills Bugs, Too

The Essential Oil That Fights Arthritis, Anxiety And Hair Loss -- And Kills Bugs, Too

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Rosemary essential oil is one of my most utilized essential oils, and is beneficial in so many ways.

I use it daily for multiple purposes, such as a hair conditioner, a facial cleanser, a mouthwash, a way to combat anxiety, and even as a pesticide in my garden.

It turns out, I am not alone in enjoying rosemary. Historically, the rosemary plant was considered sacred by numerous cultures. Branches and leaves of rosemary were burned as incense, as its high content of essential oil created a superbly fragrant smoke. The potent smoke supposedly was used as a fumigant to drive away evil spirits and to protect against plague and infectious illness. It also was used as a healing herb and as a traditional culinary favorite.

Today, the essential oil is steam distilled from the rosemary plant and has a powerful effect as one of the freshest and most pungent essential oils. Its aroma is instantly youthful and deliciously herbaceous with camphorous, woody-balsamic and evergreen undertones.

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It is said that rosemary essential oil will awaken the fire of creativity in your heart, encouraging inspiration. It will ignite your passion for life and will help give you the vision to follow your path bravely.

I have made a practice of using rosemary essential oil daily and over time have come up with some incredible homemade ideas and recipes.

1. Homemade hair conditioners for greasy hair, dry hair, hair loss and dandruff

Rosemary essential oil will enhance the overall condition of your hair. It can be used alone with sweet almond oil to condition and to promote healthy hair growth. I use sweet almond oil as the base carrier oil because it is nutrient rich. Other essential oils can be added to the mix to create recipes for specific conditions. You will want to add 5 drops of essential oil per 1 fl oz. of carrier oil. Double the ratio for longer or thicker hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp and evenly through your dry hair. Towel wrap, and leave in for five minutes or longer before rinsing.

Recipe for Greasy Hair

  • Base: 1 fl oz. sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Recipe for Dry Hair

  • Base: 1fl oz. sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Recipe for Preventing Hair Loss

  • Base: 1 fl oz. sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops clary sage essential oil

Recipe for Dandruff Control

  • Base: 1 fl oz. sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

2. Relieve the symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is caused by everyday stresses and strains, demands, upsets and worries of life. The symptoms range from nervousness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat and tense muscles, to insomnia, low resistance and then depression. Essential oils can help with anxiety by reducing negative feelings, relaxing the mind and body and soothing both mood and emotions.

The Essential Oil That Fights Arthritis, Anxiety And Hair Loss -- And Kills Bugs, Too

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I have found rosemary essential oil to be perfect for reducing my symptoms of anxiety.

To help release tension and nervousness, place a few drops of rosemary essential oil onto a tissue and deeply inhale for several minutes. You can easily carry a small vial around with you during the day and at the slightest onset of anxiety, take a timeout to inhale the calming fragrance.

There are other ways to use it:

Aromatherapy with an Air Diffuser or Vaporizer

Find an electric vaporizer or eiffuser and add water with a few drops of rosemary essential oil. A traditional oil burner with a candle will also vaporize the essential oil into the air.

Add to steaming bath water

Several drops of rosemary essential oil added to your bath water will cause the steam to vaporize the essential oil into the air, allowing for a calming and uplifting scent to fill your bath area. The added essential oil will also absorb into your skin this way, resulting in a calming effect and will relieve tense muscles. Light a few candles to create a peaceful ambiance in your bath area.

3. Clear your mind, reduce mental fatigue, enhance your memory, and stimulate the central nervous system

Rosemary essential oil can help reduce mental fatigue by stimulating the central nervous system. Studies show that rosemary essential oil enhances memory, clears the head, and aids the thought process.

I find these recipes to be extremely helpful:

Revive Mental Clarity and Reduce Fatigue


  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil

Renew Enthusiasm for your Work or Studies


  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

4. Reduce the symptoms of arthritis, joint inflammation and sore muscles

The Essential Oil That Fights Arthritis, Anxiety And Hair Loss -- And Kills Bugs, Too

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Arthritis is the painful swelling, inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Rosemary essential oil is anti-inflammatory, so it can help relieve the symptoms. Rosemary essential oil is also an analgesic and a warming oil. It will soothe and warm sore muscles.

Reduce Symptoms of Arthritis and Join Inflammation

  • 4 tsp. coconut carrier oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops wintergreen essential oil
  • Massage into affected areas

Stimulate and Warm Aching Muscles

  • 4 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops vetiver essential oil
  • Massage into aching muscles

5. Use as a natural facial cleanser

Rosemary essential oil is a natural face cleanser because of its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. You can use rosemary essential oil neat, without diluting it, in small quantities. If you find that it does irritate your skin, dilute with castor oil or coconut oil. Add a drop or two onto a cotton round and wipe in an upward motion. It will unclog your pores, kill existing bacteria, and keep new bacteria from growing. The antioxidant properties will improve the overall condition of your skin.

6. Use as an all-natural, homemade mouthwash

Alcohol-based mouthwashes dry and upset the delicate balance of the good bacteria found inside your mouth. A homemade mouthwash using rosemary essential oil is both gentle and more effective.

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Rosemary essential oil has antimicrobial properties and will kill the bad bacteria which is responsible for bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.

Recipe for Homemade Mouthwash

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 20 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil (adjust for taste)
  • Shake well before each use. Swish around the inside of your mouth for at least one minute. Spit out, and do not swallow.

7. Use in your garden as an all-natural pesticide

Commercial pesticides are full of harmful chemicals even if the label says that they are not. They are bad for the environment, your health and for your garden. I have created a mixture that will kill pests and will stop the growth of fungus on your garden plants. By using a natural pesticide, you can ensure the healthy eating of your favorite garden veggies.

Create a Homemade Pesticide for your Garden


  • Spray bottle with water
  • 12 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 12 drops thyme essential oil
  • 12 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 12 drops clove essential oil
  • Shake well before each use. Spray on and around your plants.

I hope you enjoy all of these incredible uses for rosemary essential oil.

What are other ways you use rosemary essential oil? Share your tips in the section below:

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