Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits

When I first heard of rosemary essential oil all I could think was, “isn’t rosemary just for cooking?” You may be wondering what the rosemary essential oil benefits may be.

rosemary essential oil benefits

I wasn’t far off the mark when it came to my belief that rosemary was meant for cooking. It is absolutely delicious in foods such as pork and chicken, stuffing, stews, and soups, and my favorite – mixed with garlic and butter and sprinkled on top of fresh buns.

However, what I didn’t realize is that rosemary isn’t just an amazing aromatic herb for food. Turns out it has many benefits apart from consuming it in tasty dishes that can support our health and well-being.


First, let’s get this out of the way – essential oils aren’t miracle workers. They support your health and are amazing in doing that. But, when it comes to taking care of our health, it requires more than just using an essential oil. Essential oils are just one part of a greater equation that are an excellent addition.

For best results when it comes to essential oils, you want to be taking care of yourself in other ways as well. That means eating right, getting proper sleep, exercising, drinking lots of water, and just practicing self-care.

I love what these bottles of essential oils can do for my family and I, but I am well aware that they are just one piece of the puzzle and I need to practice self-care in other ways too if I want to see the benefits.

Of course, even though essential oils are all natural, you still need to exercise caution when using them. Be sure to consult your doctor before using them, especially if you are pregnant or have any health issues. You also want to be sure to keep them out of reach of children.


Rosemary has been used since ancient times for both culinary and medicinal benefits. I mean, when you think of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Hebrews used this herb all those years ago, and now here we are, still using the same herb today, it is pretty amazing.

They must have discovered rosemary to be pretty awesome because in ancient times they also considered it to be sacred.

Rosemary is an herb that is used in so many places in the world, both past and present, due to its popularity as a seasoning or for its medicinal properties.

For an herb to be used for that many years by so many people, there has to be something to it, don’t ya think?


If you apply it topically, I’d recommend diluting it with a carrier oil. This will minimize the chance of sensitivity or irritation.

My favorite carrier oil to use is coconut oil.

When it comes to how you should use rosemary essential oil, it really depends on what you are using it for. Some ways will require that you add a carrier oil and apply to your skin, other ways will require that you diffuse it, and still other ways might mean you add it to other ingredients to make a solution of some sort.

Rosemary essential oil is antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial. That’s code for “this oil is freakin’ awesome!” 🙂

Okay, let’s talk about rosemary essential oil and the awesome benefits it can give!


Various issues that rosemary essential may help with:

Fatigue and memory issues. Rosemary essential oil can increase blood flow and create alertness in people. The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) published a study done where they found participants exposed to rosemary essential oil had improved cognitive functions and performance.

Diffusing the oil is a great option to help with memory and concentration. As a homeschooling mom I’m all over diffusing this one while we hit the books! Plus, I’ve got mom-brain, and I can’t be the only one who needs help with mom-brain, can I?

Dandruff. Got a flaky scalp? There are many essential oils that can help with it, and rosemary is on the list. I used to struggle with dandruff in the winters to the point that my head would be sore. No amount of Head and Shoulders would do the trick. Once I switched to using essential oils on my head I was able to relieve the issue.

Hair growth. A study done in 2015 show that rosemary essential oil may promote hair growth. This oil is all around a good one to use when it comes to your head.

Stress relief. I am pretty sure there is absolutely no one who makes it through this life without stress. Rosemary essential oil may help in reducing stress levels by reducing cortisol levels. Cortisol is that icky stuff in our body that increases our stress.

Look, if there is an oil that may help me with my nervous tension, I’m buying that by the truckload! 🙂 All you need to do in an effort to use rosemary essential oil as a stress reliever is to breathe it in. This is where a diffuser can really help. You don’t NEED one to inhale the scent, but it makes it a whole lot easier.

Digestive issues. Rosemary essential oil may help with digestion. All you need is a few drops mixed in with a carrier oil and rubbed on your abdomen in a effort to relieve your discomfort.

Respiratory help. Rosemary is antiseptic, which makes it great for when you have a cold or are stuffed up. Many people add this to a homemade vapor rub, while others just stick it in the diffuser with some eucalyptus and peppermint when they are feeling under the weather.

Inflammation. Rosemary essential oil may help with things like swelling, or joint pain. Rosemary can increase circulation which can help with soreness or cramping of the muscles. You will want to dilute the rosemary with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rubbing it over the inflamed area.  This is just one of the many rosemary essential oil benefits for skin.

Repelling mosquitos. While many of us enjoy the warmer weather, we pretty much all dislike the mosquitos that come with it. However, commercial bug sprays contain a lot of chemicals, one of them being Deet. Try making a homemade bug repellent from this list that contains rosemary essential oil and absolutely no harmful chemicals. These recipes are also safe for kids over ten!

Immunity booster. Rosemary essential oil may boost your immune system just by being inhaled. Basically, when it is cold and flu season you want to have the rosemary essential oil pumping in the diffuser.


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Are you new to essential oils? Can I tell you something? When it came to oils I was skeptical. I was resistant. But, when I decided to finally to just try it out, (after years of putting it off), I was pleasantly surprised and amazed at how much they helped.

If you are looking for an essential oil to try out but feeling a bit hesitant, rosemary essential oil is a good one to start with because of all the amazing benefits it offers. Also, doesn’t it just make sense to start with an oil that can help with multiple issues and has so many uses?

And since this is a frugal living blog, what about how to incorporate essential oils into a frugal lifestyle? How do you marry the two? Well, I talk about that in THIS post if you want to read more about it.

After trying various brands, I’ve personally settled on DoTERRA. DoTERRA puts an emphasis on purity when it comes to their essential oils, and I feel confident that the product I am getting is not diluted. They do multiple testing (7 kinds of tests!) to make sure the product they are selling is of high quality.

If you are interested in trying out DoTERRA’s rosemary essential oil, you can purchase it HERE. When it comes to purchasing DoTERRA oils, consider a wholesale account (think like Costco) for the best bang for your buck, where you receive a percentage off the products.

Of course, if the word “wholesale” makes you nervous, you can definitely buy DoTERRA’s oils at retail cost. It is more than what you would pay with a wholesale account, but I totally understand there are people out there who are more comfortable buying their essential oils without a wholesale account.


It can feel like weird and unchartered territory when it comes to beginning with essential oils, but you may find it doesn’t take long to get hooked on these amazing essential oils. Before I knew it I was replacing my cleaning products and other things around my home with essential oils.

I quickly discovered I could use these things in all-purpose cleaners, or homemade vapor rubs and lotions, or just to diffuse in my home to give it a fresh and wonderful. Long gone are those toxic air fresheners I once scented my house with.

It feels so good knowing that I am taking more and more toxins out of my home and replacing it with an all-natural item that promotes good health.

It does take time though, so I would encourage you to have patience while you are trying to learn how to use essential oils to their full potential and to be willing to start out small.

For years I only used two main oils – eucalyptus for colds, and tea tree oil to add in my shampoo to encourage prevention of lice with my kids! But over time I added more.

It doesn’t have to take you years like it did me to figure out how to add a variety of different oils into your life to benefit you. Of course, starting with a couple basic oils can be helpful, but it doesn’t have to take long before you discover how many other oils can help you.

Before you know it, you may discover your family jumping on board as well. My kids love the smell of so many of the oils and the products I make for them. They love to know which scents I’m diffusing.


If you want to diffuse rosemary essential oil, some of the other oils it blends well with is sage, frankincense, basil, chamomile, lavender, and eucalyptus.

If you don’t have a diffuser, I recommend getting one. While the oils smell great straight from the bottle, there is nothing like diffusing your favorite scents. No longer do we need to rely on toxic candles to scent our homes. I like to burn beeswax candles which are non-toxic, and turn on my diffuser to release some really nice scents at the same time.

Rosemary essential oil is such a good oil to add to your cupboard for all the options listed above. Why not try it out for yourself? You may find it beneficial to supporting your health in a variety of ways.


*Wondering what all the hype is about these essential oils? Do you have questions? Why not join my Facebook group, The Essential Oils Village, where you can ask all your questions and learn more about essential oils!

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Discover how rosemary essential oil can support your health in a variety of ways, from dry scalp to repelling mosquitos.

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