Rosemary: More Than Just a Pretty Face

Rosemary is an aromatic Evergreen shrub with leaves similar to hemlock needles. It is native to the Mediterranean region but can grow in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. It is considered a potentially invasive species, and its seeds are often difficult to start, with a low germination rate and relatively slow growth, but the plant can live as long as 35 years. 

Rosemary is best known as a food seasoning, but it is also one of the most popular aromatic medicinal plants worldwide. The essential oil, which holds the plant’s core components or essence, is extracted and sold in small bottles.

Here are some potential benefits and uses of Rosemary essential oil

  •  In ancient Greece and Rome, Rosemary was thought to strengthen memory. Research indicates that inhaling Rosemary oil helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical important for thinking, concentration, and memory. In a study that tested cognitive measures of 20 young healthy adults randomly assigned to be exposed to diffused Rosemary oil for various lengths of time in a small room, it was found that speed and accuracy increased in direct proportion due to the duration the oil was diffused. Additionally, their blood levels of certain rosemary compounds increased, illustrating that Rosemary can enter your body through breathing alone. Other research suggests that inhaling Rosemary and other essential oils may improve brain function in older adults with dementia, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • In herbal medicine, the use of Rosemary is used as a mild pain reliever. It has also been studied as a nonpharmaceutical adjunct to pain management. In a two-week study, stroke survivors with shoulder pain who received a Rosemary blend with acupressure for 20 minutes twice daily experienced a 30% reduction in pain. Those who received only acupressure had a 15% reduction in pain. 
  • Consider rosemary oil a natural alternative to chemical products for deterring harmful insects that may bite you or infest your garden. A Rosemary oil-based pesticide was sprayed near greenhouse tomato plants and reduced the population of two-spotted spider mites by 52% without harming the plants. Rosemary also helps repel certain blood-sucking insects that can spread harmful viruses and bacteria. 
  • Poor circulation is a common complaint. You may notice it most in your hands and feet. If you experience cold fingers and toes, rosemary oil is worth considering even in a relatively warm temperature. In one study, a woman with Raynaud’s disease, which impairs circulation, massaged her hands with a rosemary oil blend and found it helped warm her fingers more than a neural oil. These effects were confirmed by thermal imaging. Rosemary oil may help in dilating your blood vessels, thereby causing increased blood to circulate to your fingers and toes. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your body’s immune system attacks tissues, such as knees and other joints, injuring the joint lining and causing inflammation. When people with rheumatoid arthritis were given 15-minute knee massages using a Rosemary oil blend three times weekly, they had a 50% decrease in inflammation knee pain in two weeks, compared to a 12% decrease in those not given the oil. 

Published at, Rosemary essential oil can be used in various ways. I personally recommend the following recipes for implementing Rosemary oil into your natural health regimen. 

Improve Memory:  Mix 3 drops of Rosemary oil with half a teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub on upper neck, or diffuse for one hour a day. 

Study better:  Are you or your child trying to memorize information for an upcoming test? Diffuse Rosemary oil while studying to boost cognitive function and memory. 

To boost prostate health: Mix two drops of Rosemary oil with half a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub beneath the testicles. 

Reduce pain: Mix two drops of Rosemary oil, two drops of peppermint oil, and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub this mixture on sore muscles and painful joints to increase circulation and decrease inflammation. 

To improve gallbladder function: Mix 3 drops of Rosemary oil with ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil and rub over the gallbladder area twice daily. 

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  • Dr. Irving Ramírez

    Dr. Irving Ramirez-Alvia, Naturopath, was born in Tepic, Nayarit, in 1992. After obtaining a degree in health and nutrition, Dr. Irving finished medical school and moved to Vallarta. His newly-opened office is at Lord Twigg’s Hotel and Boutique, Francisco Villa #424, Colonia Lazaro Cardenas; his online store features all-natural, homeopathic products and remedies. For an appointment with Dr. Irving in Puerto Vallarta or at FEDA Nutricion and Fitness, Calle Jacarandas 86, in Bucerias, or if you are interested in purchasing Dr. Irving’s CBD oil (5000mg or 10,000mg) without THC, please contact Loren Hayes on WhatsApp at 322-167-7570.

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