Have you ever gotten a massage with a combo of Rosemary and Lavender Essential Oils in the massage lotion? It's glorious!! My body and all it's tension melts away as it absorbs all the goodness the oils are delivering to my muscles, ligaments and tendons while my mind is freed up from the stressors of the day.
People talk a lot about the benefits of Lavender but Rosemary should not be left out! It has plenty of benefits in it's own right and the medicine men, ancient healers, Chinese medicine and most of the pre western medical world used Rosemary in a variety of ways.
Below you will see they knew what they were talking about - with a quote from a source doctors trust!
You can attract birds, butterflies and bees to your garden
by planting Rosemary - and pretty girls too! haha
Blossoms can be blue, pink or white.
HISTORICAL USES OF ROSEMARY
- Known to them as a good digestive aid for indigestion, flatulence, and constipation.
- To improve memory, mood and concentration. In ancient Greece, students would wear garlands of rosemary during exams to improve their memory and concentration.
- To ease their pain, sore muscles and joints.
- Stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
- For respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and colds. They didn't have the options we have, but sometimes, I think they were the blessed ones!
- It was believed to have mood-enhancing effects and was used to treat depression and anxiety.
- Because they believe it improved blood flow they used it to treat conditions such as Raynaud's disease.
Disclaimer: While traditional uses can provide insight into potential benefits, they do not constitute scientific evidence but more and more, they are being studied for use in western medicine.
The development of superbugs due to the overuse of drugs has created a need for something other than what we have been doing. I am thankful to be able to share that much of what our ancestors knew from experience, but now we have documentation that their findings were accurate!
"An article on National Institute of Health (NIH) states: "The present review demonstrates that the main ethnopharmacological uses (anti-spasm, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and memory-boosting) of rosemary have been validated by neuropharmacological investigations. By reviewing the previous literature, it is concluded that the most important components of rosemary which are medicinally and pharmacologically active are rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid, and the essential oil. These compounds can provide promising natural medicines in the treatment of the nervous system pathological conditions including anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and withdrawal syndrome.
It is also noteworthy to mention that studies regarding herbal medicines should be taken into more consideration because the safety and efficacy of many herbal medicines are still unclear."1
Rosemary is also on the FDA GRAS list which means pure Rosemary Essential Oil, the kind Young Living sells, is safe for human consumption.2 Store bought essential oils are not safe for human consumption, unless you are buying them on the grocery aisle with the spices.
Whether you're making my Rosemary Shortbread (squirrel: if yours turned out too dense, don't use honey - just increase the other sweeter of your choice - I decided I liked it better without the honey!) or getting a massage, I hope you enjoy Rosemary Essential Oil as much as I do!! Also, I hope you can get a massage with Rosemary & Lavender soon. Self care is a good thing for the brain, body and your emotional health!