Rosemary equals Goji berries in anti-oxidant strength, fighting free radicals and damaging oxidation that contribute to inflammation and aging. Carnosol is the magic free radical fighting ingredient in rosemary which is also why rosemary oil is such a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and why it fights cancer.
Carnosol only takes out the cancer cells and doesn’t damage neighboring cells like chemotherapy. According to researchers, “It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells versus non-tumorigenic cells and is well tolerated when administered to animals.” In a recent article published in Cancer Letters, “Carnosol has been evaluated for anti-cancer property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer with promising results!”
In recent research, rosemary has been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue. It is no wonder it is famous for its abilities to improve memory and brain function. In a recent study researchers found, “Rosemary produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors.” Studies have also shown that rosemary essential oil can help treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Rosemary has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products due to its antiseptic properties and its hormonal balancing effects. By lowering DHT (dihyroxytestosterone), a form of testosterone that contributes to hair loss, it improves hair growth and prostate health. Rubbing rosemary oil on the scalp or using it in shampoos has increased hair growth and increased micro-circulation of the scalp which promotes healing. Using a high quality product is important for the best results. Organic ROSEMARY Essential Oil. 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade, Premium Quality, Undiluted, Steam Distilled. 0.17 Fl.oz.- 5 ml. by Botanical Beauty is an excellent example of a therapeutic quality rosemary oil. (As an Amazon Associate I earn a small amount from qualifying purchases.)
Rosemary is also an excellent support for detoxification due to its ability to greatly enhance the liver’s bile flow (which is essential for fat metabolism and detoxification). And it reduces plasma liver enzymes which have been linked to type II diabetes.
If that isn’t enough, a study was conducted that evaluated how 5 minutes of lavender and rosemary aromatherapy affected the salivary cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone) of 22 healthy volunteers. These oils combined greatly reduced cortisol levels. Chronically high cortisol levels are related to just about everything we call aging including disturbed hormone levels, hypo-thyroid, obesity, inflammation, insulin resistance and anxiety and depression.
No wonder rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews. Rosemary is a woody, evergreen in its native Mediterranean climate and is an important part of the amazing mint family. It has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.
See below for the 6 top uses for rosemary oil!
Improve Memory – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and rub on upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.
Hair Thickener – Put 5 drops of rosemary oil on scalp and massage in after showers or use my homemade rosemary mint shampoo recipe.
Heal Prostate – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of carrier oil and rub beneath testicles.
Reduce Pain – Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub on sore muscles and painful joints.
Improve Gallbladder Function – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/4 tsp of coconut oil and rub over gallbladder area 2x daily.
Heal Neuropathy and Neuralgia – Take 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of helichrysum oil, 2 drops of cypress oil and 1/2 tsp of a carrier oil and rub on area of neuropathy.
Note, it is also recommended that you do not use on children under 4 years of age. With children, we recommend you consider using frankincense oil instead for many conditions. Make sure that you consult with your natural healthcare provider before making it part of your kids’ routine.
Thanks to Dr. Axe for this helpful list. Read on for more details…