Looking through my cabinet of herbs, I realized that I have a lot of dried organic rosemary leaf. My initial intention for purchasing rosemary was to infuse it with either coconut or olive oil for a stimulating scalp and hair oil. My first infusion was a bit too strong for my scalp so I discontinued using it, and decided to find other uses for the rosemary that I have.
One of the greatest benefits of making your own products with herbs is that there are so many uses for a single herb. If one idea does not work out you can make something completely different with it.
Rosemary leaf is a stimulant, astringent, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, nervine, celphalic, and aromatic. Rosemary is very commonly used in natural hair care to promote healthy vibrant hair growth and to prevent premature balding. What I didn’t know until now it that is can be used as a natural substitute for aspirin for treating headaches caused by nervousness. You can make a tea by steeping a half ounce of rosemary with a pint of boiling water for ten minutes.
Rosemary leaf tea can also be used for nausea, colic, fevers, indigestion, and to strengthen the eyes.
Once cooled this same tea can be used as an astringent toner for the skin. Rosemary is also considered a vulnerary which is an herb that encourages cell growth and skin repair. It is high in antioxidants which can brighten and protect skin from free radical damage. It is also an anti-inflammatory which will soothe irritated and puffy skin while being great for acne and eczema. This cooled tea makes a wonderful hair rinse after cleansing your hair as well, or can even be included as the base for your DIY Herbal Hair Cleanser.
There is so much to learn about from nature.
Herbs are definitely the key to a healthier lifestyle for healing the body, and sustaining our beauty inside and out. There are so many herbs to rediscover, and even common ones such as rosemary leaf can be used in more ways than one. You can find organic rosemary leaf at a natural grocery store and at Mountain Rose Herbs.
The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra L.Ac., O.M.D.
Back to Eden Revised & Updated Edition by Jethro Kloss
Doctor D. Schwab
(Precautions using rosemary leaf via Mountain Rose Herbs–“Women who have heavy periods should avoid excessive use of rosemary, since it may stimulate menstrual flow. The herb should not be used medicinally during pregnancy. Small amounts of rosemary used in cooking, however, are safe for pregnant women and for women who have heavy periods.”)
Have you tried rosemary leaf for health and beauty? If so please share below. Enjoy your day!
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