ROSEMARY OIL: what it is for and how it is prepared - With VIDEO

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Rosemary, with a scientific name Rosmarinus officinalis, is an original aromatic plant from the Mediterranean area and well known for its great medicinal and therapeutic properties, as well as culinary ones.

Due to this, this oil is one of the best natural remedies that can be had at home, with a large number of uses and benefits. In this Green Ecologist article we teach you what is rosemary oil for and how is it prepared so you can have it at home easily and take advantage of it.

Difference between rosemary essential oil and rosemary vegetable oil

The substance we call is not the same Rosemary oil, which is actually a vegetable oil that has been made to absorb the properties of rosemary by maceration, which the rosemary essential oil. The latter is obtained by distilling the plant in question, in this case rosemary.

Essential oils are always highly concentrated substances, which contain the properties of the plant with a high potency. Due to this, the essential oil must be handled very carefully, always following the dosage and concentration recommendations, always guided by a professional.

The rosemary vegetable oil It does not have these contraindications, because as it is not of such a high concentration, it can be used without danger, even applied directly topically or added to our dishes.

Learn more about essential oils with this comprehensive and practical guide from Green Ecologist on What are essential oils.

What is rosemary oil for - properties and benefits

There are many rosemary properties that we can take advantage of through its oils. From its gastronomic value as a cooking ingredient, to its multiple beneficial properties for the skin and many more. Let's see some of them:

Rosemary oil properties

  • Diuretic
  • Healing
  • Antiseptic
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antirheumatic
  • Stimulating tonic
  • Stimulates the nervous system and memory
  • Emmenagogue
  • Antioxidant
  • Digestive
  • Appetizer
  • Carminative
  • Astringent
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Choleretic
  • Expectorant

Rosemary oil benefits

  • Rosemary oil for hair: helps to care for and clean all types of hair and the scalp, notably improving capillary health, helping to eliminate dandruff and stimulating hair growth.
  • Rosemary oil for bad breath: Used as a mouthwash, its antibacterial properties fight bad breath and provide a very pleasant freshness.
  • Rosemary oil for menstrual cramps: applied topically with a massage on the lower abdomen, it helps soothe the pain and swelling that menstruation can cause.
  • Rosemary oil for skin: Its multiple properties help fight both some skin problems and signs of aging. Apply it directly with a massage on the skin and you will see how it improves its appearance.
  • Rosemary oil as an anti-inflammatory: Whether it is to alleviate an inflamed muscle contracture, swelling from a blow, or to reduce joint inflammation or pain from rheumatism, applied rosemary oil is a great option. This natural remedy provides a relaxation of the muscle or the joint area and reduces inflammation, so a rapid improvement is noticed. In the case of contractures and if you need to reactivate circulation, it is very effective to use this plant but in another format for massage: rosemary alcohol.
  • Rosemary oil for wounds: Wherever there is a superficial wound in the skin, the accumulation of harmful bacteria should be avoided. For this, this natural oil is very good because it is antiseptic and healing, so it helps prevent infections and heal faster.
  • Rosemary oil for memory and concentration: the strong and pleasant smell of rosemary stimulates the nervous system and activates us. Thanks to its composition, it improves circulation, especially brain circulation, favoring the oxygenation of this organ, which facilitates concentration and retention of knowledge and improves memory. For more information you can consult this other article on The smell of rosemary increases memory up to 75%.

How to prepare rosemary oil - recipe

Preparing vegetable oil is very easy and is available to anyone, which is not the same with essential oil, which is very difficult to prepare yourself. Follow these directions on how to make rosemary oil step by step And so you will have a homemade one and cheaply.

  1. You will need dried rosemary, because although this oil can also be made with fresh rosemary, we advise you to preferably use the dry one. In any case, you can dry it at home without problems, you just need to leave it in a dry and ventilated area.
  2. Prepare a jar or container in which to pour the desired amount of rosemary. You can add both loose leaves and dry branches. The more rosemary you add, the higher its concentration in the oil. However, you should not worry too much about this, with this method you cannot make a higher concentration than recommended, which could happen with the essence (for this reason you have to calculate very well the entire process of essential oil production ).
  3. Now you will also need the oil base. Here we recommend olive oil or, failing that, almond oil or another vegetable that you have at your fingertips (calendula oil, coconut oil, argan oil …), choose the one you prefer.
  4. Fill the jar with the oil and with the rosemary.
  5. Stir well so that the rosemary and oil are distributed and mix properly.
  6. Cover the container and let it marinate for 40 days in a cool, dark and dry place.
  7. After that time, you just have to strain the oil to separate the solid residue from the rosemary and you already have your homemade rosemary vegetable oil.

If you want to have this fresh plant at home to use in the kitchen and also to prepare this oil that you can use to benefit from all that has been discussed, we recommend these gardening guides from Ecologist Verde on How to plant rosemary and How to care for the rosemary plant in flowerpot. Also, here below you can see our video about rosemary oil.

If you want to read more articles similar to Rosemary oil: what it is for and how it is prepared, we recommend that you enter our category of natural remedies.

  • Cebrián, J., (2012), Dictionary of medicinal plants, Barcelona, Spain, Integral RBA Libros.
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