Add rosemary to your beauty regimen and you’re in for a whiff of dense forests, sage, and pine tree needles. This powerful herb is believed to stimulate the blood when applied topically and when ingested, and is used to treat hair loss.
Whenever I go to the market, rosemary is must-buy on my list. Rosemary can be applied to the skin to treat eczema, or in my case to treat acne. You can also apply it to the scalp to naturally treat hair loss. If you’ve been gifted with genes for a receding hair line, it’s a must. If you are wearing extensions or need to nourish a certain area of your scalp, look to rosemary. Rosemary also has powerful antioxidants that protect the body from free-radicals.
The taste and aroma of the herb rosemary, historically used for strengthening the memory, are unforgettable. Rosemary’s name means “dew of the sea” and it has a pine-like flavor that is counterbalanced by a rich pungency, a unique combination that evokes both the deep forest and the open sea. -The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray N.D.
While the benefits of rosemary are endless, its woody aroma is quite robust, and may in fact induce headaches or allergies. To find out if it’s OK for you, seek out a product that uses Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, which is the fancy ingredient name for rosemary. Ask for a sample or purchase the travel size. You’ll probably love it.
Here is a DIY recipe to add to your #Naturalbeauty toolkit. You will need a crockpot to make this elixir at home. Use dried ingredients, since fresh ingredients are vulnerable to bacteria growth.
DIY Rosemary-Infused Castor Oil Face & Scalp Elixir
- 1 ounce dried rosemary
- 2 cups castor oil or more for a more subtle scent
- 2 tbs aloe vera gel
- 1/4 once dried chamomile
- 1 tbs of argan oil optional
Combine rosemary, chamomile, and castor oil in your crockpot. Set your crockpot on its lowest setting for 3 hours or more. Strain the oil into a clean, sterilized glass jar and allow to cool. Add aloe vera gel and optional argan oil. Add dried chamomile and rosemary or lavender.
Aloe vera gel nourishes and hydrates the skin and scalp, while the chamomile soothes irritated skin and membranes. Both help to balance the powerful effects of rosemary. Castor oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and emollient properties and can be used as a moisturizer for most skin types.
To treat acne, use this elixir after you’ve washed your face and before applying toner 2 – 4 times per week. Use this oil on the scalp to stimulate hair growth daily.