Though I have always been one to explore and try different ways of healing my body and rejuvenating my spirit; I was quite taken back when I woke up on Boxing Day with what seemed to be the worst head cold. Quickly, I ran to my beloved oil collection to see what I could muster. Lo and behold I found my rosemary oil! Many of you have probably encountered rosemary in home cooked meals such as casseroles, roasted sweet potatoes, etc but the healing properties of rosemary as an essential oil are limitless.
Prior to rosemary being used as a common cooking spice, it was regarded in many ancient civilizations as protection against plagues, and used to drive away evil spirits at funerals, and weddings. Archaeologists have also discovered rosemary in Egyptian tombs with evidence that it was used as a respiratory ailment treatment from as far back as 3000 BC!
Today many natural health care practitioners and aromatherapists suggest rosemary for the treatment of the following:
- To relieve muscle and rheumatic pain
- Improve digestion
- Relax nerves
- Stimulate alertness
- Help prepare the body and mind for meditation
- To relieve respiratory problems, sore throats, flu, and coldsIncrease circulation (when used in massage)
- Assists in promoting hair growth when massaged into the scalp to help improve circulation
- Helps to reduce water retention during menstruation
Now back to that pesky cold. I decided to use the steam inhalation method to assist me with clearing my nasal passages. This is the absolute easiest way to quickly achieve relief. All you need is a bowl placed on an absolutely flat surface filled with boiling or almost boiling water. Then slowly add the following: 2 drops rosemary, 2 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops sandalwood, and 3 drops lemon. Slowly lean over your bowl and drape your head with a clean dry towel. Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly for about one to five minutes and violà, you can finally take an effortless deep big breath!
Later that evening, I even added 5 drops of each lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus in a little jojoba oil and then swirled the mixture into my warm bath.
Here are a few simple recipes that are super easy to follow and that I know you will be sure to love their results.
Bath for Combating Jet Lag: 2 drops lemon2 drops frankincense3 drops rosemary (Mixed in any carrier oil such as almond, hazelnut, jojoba, etc and swirled right into your bath water.)
Room Freshener: 5 drops of rosemary5 drops of tea tree5 drops of cedarwood5 drops of eucalyptus(Add to a 250 ml spray bottle and shake bottle. Make sure to store in the fridge in between uses.)
Natural Dandruff Care: 2 drops lavender2 drops rosemary2 drops tea tree2 drops patchouli(Add to your shampoo and massage into scalp...make sure to rinse!)
Massage Blend for Sore Muscles: 10 drops lavender10 drops rosemary(Add to 30 ml to your favourite carrier oil such as almond, hazelnut, or jojoba.)
Though the usages are endless, I must add that rosemary should not be used if you are pregnant, have a history of heart conditions, or epileptic.
Please always seek the advice of your natural or general practitioner if you have or may have any of these conditions. It's always best to be safe!
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