By Natural Advocate | July 20, 2012 - 10:13 am - Posted in Herbal & Natural Beauty

Rosemary is a very popular herb to cook with. I personally love to throw some of the hard little spikes into my pork and beef roasts and they are particularly savory when paired with a nice brining on a whole natural chicken, particularly when it is slow cooked.  Yum, I’m making myself hungry here!

While most people consider rosemary to be an herb to cook with, there are actually some really excellent ways to use this herb topically on your skin and hair to resolve some common complaints and skin conditions. One of them is one I’ve had for years now. Ever since I started producing oil in my early teens, I’ve had problems with oily skin and with acne and bacteria.

Rosemary essential oil is a great way to fight bacteria but also to help clean up and break apart sebum both on the skin and the scalp beneath the hair.  It is also a great remedy for dandruff because it helps to clarify the scalp.

However, I have found that if I formulate my natural shampoo with too much rosemary it tends to result in a dry look for the hair itself, so it’s probably best to dilute it down a lot of make sure it is only used on the scalp directly and not so much on the hair.  It is also a very pungent smelling essential oil, and probably very taste specific.

I’ve found that adding too much to a shampoo makes me smell like a wet dog who has been dipped in flea dip (my mom used to do some dog grooming when I was a kid, and that’s the best way I can describe the odd smell – at least what I feel is an odd smell).

Other great natural topical antibacterial agents, while we’re on the subject, are lemongrass (also good at cleaning up oil and neutralizing sebum), lavender and tea tree oil. Most essential oils actually have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to begin with, it’s just that some have more potent properties than others.

A little bit of rosemary oil really does go a long way.  It’s a very concentrated and potent oil that has immense capabilities at neutralizing bacteria, as well as breaking apart surface oils, so use it sparingly at first then figure out how much works for you for your purpose.  Be sure to see our previous story on other uses for rosemary.


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