Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is a popular natural ingredient that has been used for centuries for its numerous health and skin care benefits. This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Rosmarinus officinalis plant, which is native to the Mediterranean region.
Rosemary essential oil is a rich source of antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent natural ingredient for skin care. It is also known for its ability to improve circulation, which can lead to healthier-looking skin.
Here are some of the skin care benefits of rosemary essential oil:
Anti-aging benefits: Rosemary essential oil is rich in antioxidants, which can help to prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants in rosemary essential oil can also help to protect the skin from damage caused by environmental stressors such as pollution and UV rays.
Acne-fighting properties: Rosemary essential oil has antimicrobial properties that can help to fight acne-causing bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce redness and swelling associated with acne.
Moisturizing properties: Rosemary essential oil is rich in fatty acids and has emollient properties, which can help to moisturize and hydrate the skin. This makes it an excellent natural ingredient for dry and dehydrated skin.
Soothing properties: Rosemary essential oil has a calming effect on the skin and can help to reduce irritation and inflammation. This makes it an excellent natural ingredient for sensitive and reactive skin.
Improved circulation: Rosemary essential oil has a stimulating effect on the circulatory system, which can help to improve blood flow to the skin. This can help to improve skin tone and texture, and can also help to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
BOTANICAL NAME: Rosmarinus (Latin name ros - dew and marinus - of the sea) officinalis
EXTRACTION: Steam distillation
DESCRIPTION: Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean and Asia. The plant itself is a small, hardy, evergreen shrub with fragrant green needles. It produces white, pink, purple, or blue flowers and is relatively hardy in cooler climates. Rosemary was sacred to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Myths recount that Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak over a white-flowered rosemary bush, turning the flowers blue, giving this bush the name "Rose of Mary." Rosemary has a rich history and use in Folklore as well as traditional medicine. In the Middle Ages it became known as the love charm as brides, grooms and guests would wear a sprig of rosemary when attending wedding ceremonies. It was also said to improve memory, aid with paralyzation, and treat gout many hundreds of years ago. The essential oil is extracted by steam distilling the small, green leaves. The compound that is derived from this process contains a number of phytochemicals responsible for its therapeutic properties. The essential oil also contains camphor, a chemical compound delivering healing properties such as its ability to heal, soothe and treat many skin conditions. The oil is colourless or pale yellow and has a fresh and herbaceous scent.
KEY COMPONENTS: A-pinene, b-pinene, borneol, camphor, bornyl acetate, camphene, 1, 8-cineole, limonene