Ready to learn our 7 Best Rosemary Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits?
In our previous article about How to Use Essential Oil Diffusers, we listed plenty of different benefits you can get from diffusing essential oils in your home and we discussed the four main types of diffusers you can use to do so. Our favorite is the Nebulizing Diffuser, which doesn’t use water or heat to create a fine essential oil mist.
Below, we’ll talk about Rosemary Essential Oil; where it came from, what makes it so special and what benefits you can expect from diffusing rosemary essential oil. We’ve also got some of the best blends and D.I.Y. recipes to get those results.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a plant belonging to the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, the same one as Sage, Lavender and Basil. It is an aromatic herb with a woody fragrance and green, needle-like leaves. In bloom, it has white, pink, blue or purple flowers. Its name comes from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea,” translating to “dew of the Sea.”
Rosemary is a very popular cooking and baking ingredient, but its uses as an essential oil go beyond common household knowledge.
Here are our Top 7 Benefits of Diffusing Rosemary Essential Oil
- Improve Brain Function
- Stress Relief
- Reduce Pain & Joint Inflammation
- Fight Cold & Flu
- Increase circulation
- Bug Repellent
- Air freshener!
1. Diffusing Rosemary Essential Oil Can Improve Brain Function
Who doesn’t want their brain to work a little better? Studies have shown that rosemary essential oil can help improve cognitive function, increase mental clarity, boost memory and improve speed and accuracy of mental tasks.
According to Healthline.com, diffusing rosemary essential oil “helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical important for thinking, concentration and memory.”
Some research has also shown that it can be used in a blend with other essential oils to help with some neurodegenerative brain diseases by improving “brain function in older adults with dementia, including those with Alzheimer’s disease.”1
To boost memory, clarity and cognitive function, you can use just rosemary oil, but if you’d like to try making your own blend at home, we recommend testing it out with different ratios of lavender, peppermint, lemon, or grapefruit essential oils.
2. Stress Relief
Work piling up? Big date coming soon? Have a presentation or a big meeting tomorrow?
Plug in your diffuser, drop in some rosemary essential oil, and let its therapeutic stress relieving properties do the rest!
Studies have shown that rosemary essential oil can be a powerful stress fighter. One studies was done that showed breathing in rosemary oil while stressed lowered the heart rate at an average of 9%. Another study was done where researchers tested the saliva of participants after inhaling rosemary oil for 5 minutes and the study found that they had “23% lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol compared to those who smelled a non-aromatic compound.”1
According to Healthline, heightened levels of cortisol can “suppress your immune system, contribute to insomnia and cause mood swings, among other potential problems.”1
For stress relief, we recommend blending rosemary essential oil with eucalyptus, lavender and a citrus of your choice.
3. Using Rosemary Oil for Pain Relief
Achy joints? Sore muscles? Rosemary oil might do the trick!
Rosemary oil can be used for both pain relief and to reduce joint inflammation. This is because it has been demonstrated to “possesses anti-inflammatory and peripheral antinociceptive activity.”2
Additional studies have shown that rosemary, when combined with accupressure was able to help patients see a “30% reduction in pain” while those “who received only acupressure had a 15% reduction.” A study done on animals showed that rosemary essential oil was “slightly more effective for pain than acetaminophen,”1 the active component in Tylenol.
Honestly, rosemary oil is probably most effective for pain relief when mixed with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil and applied via massage, but we recognize on-demand massages are more of a dream than an every day possibility!
So for pain relief, we recommend combining topical application with the use of a diffuser. Mix it with a carrier oil or a neutral lotion and place a little on the spot that’s bothering you and rub it in.
4. Boost Your Immune System and Fight Off Colds
As we’ll discuss later, rosemary essential oil is packed with different phytochemicals that provide a swath of different benefits and properties. Two of these properties combine to make rosemary oil a potent immune system booster. Those properties are it’s natural antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. It also works as a decongestant for your nose and sinus. So when cold and flu season starts, it might not be a bad idea to diffuse some rosemary oil in your home.
While rosemary works great on its own for boosting the immune system, lavender oil is always a great addition too! If you want to try a blend with more flavors, try adding eucalyptus, clove or cinnamon essential oils.
5. Increase Circulation
If you ever feel like your fingers or toes are cold or tingly even when the surrounding temperature is average or warm, diffusing rosemary essential oil might be a cost-effective solution. However, if you have a serious condition, we recommend visiting a healthcare professional.
The improved circulation from rosemary oil might be due to the fact that it can expand “your blood vessels, thereby warming your blood so that it reaches your fingers and toes more easily.”1
For improving your circulation, we recommend combining topical application with the use of a diffuser, similar to when using rosemary oil for pain relief. Add the rosemary to a carrier oil and massage into the spots that are experiencing any coldness or numbness.
6. Natural Bug Repellent
While bugs can be quite annoying, no one feels good about inhaling those chemical-based aerosol bug repellents. Diffusing rosemary essential oil might be an easy solution!
According to the studies collected by Healthline, a rosemary oil-based pesticide was able to reduce “the population of two-spotted spider mites by 52% without harming the” greenhouse tomato plants. It can also work to repel ticks and mosquitos. In a test, a “dilution of 12.5% rosemary oil repelled 100% of the mosquitoes for 90 minutes.”1
That sounds pretty effective to us!
If you really want to keep those mosquitoes away, we suggest trying a blend with citronella essential oil.
7. All Natural Air Freshener
If you enjoy the herby aroma of rosemary essential oil, use it as an air freshener or deodorizer! As you’ve seen from the wide range of benefits, there are plenty of things you can do with rosemary oil and one bottle goes a long way!
For the best benefits, we always recommend using an essential oil made from 100% pure, natural ingredients.
Rosemary Oil Properties
Did you learn some new benefits of diffusing rosemary essential oil?
Are you curious how exactly rosemary oil can do all these things?
Well, the reason Rosemary essential oil has so many different uses is because of the different phytochemicals it contains. For instance, have you heard of Rosmarinic Acid? As you’ve probably guessed from its name, it’s one of the active ingredients in Rosemary, but it is found in other spices.
According to examine.com, which lists 36 individual studies to back up this claim, Rosmarinic Acid “displays general anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and may protect against various forms of cancers.”3
But that’s just one! Let’s name a few more.
Rosemary essential oil also contains: α -Pinene, Camphor, 1,8-Cineol, Camphene, Limonene, and Linalool.
We went over to New Directions Aromatics to get a quick break down of the ways these other phytochemicals benefit us:
“α -Pinene is known to exhibit the following activity:
- Cough suppressant
- Cough suppressant
- Nervous system stimulant
- Appetite suppressant
Can you believe all of that is in just one drop of rosemary essential oil?
To get the best benefits, we always recommend using an essential oil made of 100% pure, natural ingredients and a nebulizing diffuser when possible.
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