Rosemary Oil: Using rosemary oil for inflammation March 10 2014
Recent studies have shown rosemary oil to have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s slowly been gaining momentum in the world of essential oils. Unlike many other essential oils that can provide benefits through inhalation, rosemary oil is only able to serve it’s anti-inflammatory purpose when applied topically or ingested.
How to soothe inflammation with rosemary oil:
Add 1-3 drops of rosemary oil to a glass of warm water or directly to the back of the throat first thing every morning. This allows for rosemary oil to have positive anti-inflammatory effects on internal organs (particularly the digestive system.)
For irritated skin, place 3-5 drops of rosemary oil directly onto affected areas. Cover with a warm compress and repeat 2-3 times daily.
Place 10-20 drops in a warm bath at bedtime. This allows for full body absorption and can help to ease inflammation within the body, as well on the outside.
Mix 3-5 drops of rosemary oil with 1 teaspoon of unscented lotion or carrier oil. Massage onto sore muscles or achy joints to ease inflammation.
For gum inflammation, make a homemade mouthwash. Combine 5 drops of rosemary oil with 3 drops of peppermint oil in 1/8 cup water.
For wounds, gently clean the affected area. Apply 1-3 drops directly onto cut or scrape and allow to penetrate for a few moments. Cover with a cotton ball and bandage if needed. Reapply up to five times a day.
For use in the treatment of ear inflammation, add 5-10 drops of warm rosemary oil to 1 Tbsp. of carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Mix thoroughly and use a dropper to place a small amount into the ear while tilting the head and covering the ear with a cotton ball to minimize leakage. Allow for this mixture to penetrate for up to 10 minutes, and then gently wipe away any excess. Repeat this up to 3 times a day and especially at bedtime.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.