Essential Oil of the Month: Rosemary

Rosemary is one of those quintessential herbs that add flavor to almost any dish. It’s native to the Mediterranean region, and is a member of the mint family. Maybe that’s why, as an essential oil, it’s known for its ability to revitalize and clarify.

What it does
Rosemary has been clinically shown to improve cognition, increase alertness and elevate mood. Another study showed that rosemary’s active ingredient, carnosic acid, can shield the brain from free radicals that contribute to stroke and other neuro-degenerative conditions (when taken internally).

Bonus use
Rosemary has anti-bacterial properties that can make it useful as a household cleaner or disinfectant.

Ways to use it

  • Inhale directly from the bottle to feel energized
  • Add 5-10 drop to a carrier oil for a nourishing scalp massage
  • Pour a few drops on a damp cloth and wipe down bathroom and kitchen surfaces–any areas you want to disinfect.

Interesting tidbit
Rosemary is so at home in the Mediterranean that it is thought to survive only on the humidity brought on sea breezes. In fact, the herb’s name originated from the Latin rosmarinus, which is from “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus).