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Rosemary Essential Oil

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I love rosemary! And rosemary essential oil smells just like it. Plus it has some incredible health benefits. Find out more about rosemary essential oil here.

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Quick Glance at Rosemary Essential Oil
Pros: Rosemary essential oil can boost your mood, neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, and kill microbes.
Cons: Oral intake of rosemary essential oil can cause genotoxic and mutagenic effects; meaning the oil can damage cell DNA.
Precautions: You should not use rosemary essential oil if you are pregnant, epileptic or suffer from high blood pressure. And do not swallow it for the above reasons.

Properties of Rosemary Essential Oil

Here are a few things you should know about rosemary essential oil.
(a) Name: Its botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalis. Pretty obvious, right?
(b) Color & Scent: Rosemary essential oil is usually colorless but may have a pale yellow tinge. Its scent is pretty unique with woody, camphor-like tones.
(c) Compounds: There are about 29 compounds in rosemary oil. The main compounds include: 1,8-cineole (45%), camphor (13%), alpha-pinene (12%), beta-pinene (8%), camphene (5%), beta-caryophyllene (4%), limonene (3%), and borneol (3%).

Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

These compounds are responsible for the benefits of rosemary essential oil. Here are just a few of these awesome benefits.
1. Rosemary oil increases alertness
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Several clinical trials have been done using rosemary essential oil. For instance, a 2003 study asked 144 healthy volunteers to do a series of tests while inhaling rosemary essential oil. The results revealed rosemary significantly improved memory, alertness and mood.
A similar study was also done in 2013. This study measured the skin temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, mood states and electroencephalography (EEG) readings of 20 volunteers before, during and after smelling rosemary oil. At the end, the volunteers said they felt more active, alert, and fresh. Their measurements showed increases in blood pressure and heart rate; which is also indicative of greater alertness.
So use rosemary essential oil to boost your mood, re-energize yourself and help you concentrate!

2. Rosemary helps with depression
Animal studies, including this 2013 one, have proven rosemary essential oil has antidepressent properties.

3. Rosemary essential oil is antioxidant
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Multiple studies suggest rosemary has very good free radical scavenging properties. Free radicals can damage cells which may lead to many health problems including cancer. And antioxidant compounds or free radical scavengers can neutralize these radicals and so protect cells from potential damage.
A 2010 study demonstrated rosemary essential oil's high antioxidant effects. And it was found to be far more potent than the compound 1,8-cineole by itself. This means there are many free radical scavenging, antioxidant compounds in the oil.

4. Rosemary oil has anticancer properties
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There are several cell culture studies that suggest rosemary oil has antiprolific, cytotoxic and anticancer properties. However, remember that results from cell cultures may not always translate to the human body since the body is far more complex than a petri dish.
That being said, a 2012 study used rosemary oil on three human cancer cells. The results showed very little concentrations (below 0.1%) were required to kill the cancer cells.
Rosemary oil is truly amazing!

5. Rosemary essential oil is anti-inflammatory
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A 2008 study tested rosemary oil on mice edema. Researchers found the oil significantly inhibited the edema between one to four hours after use. This makes rosemary essential oil a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. The study also went on to show the oil has pain-killing properties too.

6. It is hepatoprotective
Here is an interesting benefit of rosemary essential oil. It may help to protect your liver. That is according to a 2014 animal study which showed rosemary's antioxidant properties can neutralize harmful compounds that can cause liver damage.

7. Rosemary is antibacterial
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There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of studies that prove rosemary oil has antibacterial properties.
And a 2012 study showed these properties are due to the compounds: 1,8-cineole, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene. In fact, the compounds have a synergistic effect, meaning they are stronger together than separately.

8. It is antifungal too
Typically, essential oils with strong antibacterial properties also have good antifungal effects. And rosemary essential oil is no different.

9. Rosemary oil is an insecticide
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The final benefit of rosemary essential oil is that it has insecticidal, insect repellent, larvicidal and ovicidal properties. And there are several studies that show these effects on mosquitoes, moths, and other insects.
A 2008 article went further to show 1,8-cineole, camphor, beta-pinene and borneol were the compounds responsible for rosemary's insecticidal benefits.

Rosemary Essential Oil Uses

Here are a few rosemary essential oil uses for you to try.
Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your vaporizer to boost your mood, improve your concentration and keep away depression. That woody, camphor-like smell is sure to help you focus and study.
Rosemary oil can also be blended with lavender, sandalwood and other earthy oils.
Before using rosemary essential oil on your skin, be sure to do a skin patch test. This test will verify if you are allergic to the oil or not. If you aren't allergic, be sure to dilute the oil. Add about 3-5 drops of rosemary oil to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil (like coconut or avocado oil) and apply to your skin.
You can also blend rosemary, sandalwood, and lavender oils (in a 1:1:1 ratio) with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and use this mix on your hair.
More Precautions
This is really important! Do not ingest rosemary essential oil! A 2010 animal study showed high levels of ingested rosemary oil caused cell DNA damage in the animals. That means the oil does have genotoxic and mutagenic capabilities.
So keep the oil out of the reach of children, pets and anyone that can accidentally swallow the oil.
Also do not use rosemary oil if you are pregnant, epileptic or suffer from high blood pressure. And be sure to check with your doctor before trying this oil.

Source:  http://about-essential-oils.blogspot.com.

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