You can combine rosemary essential oil and almond oil together in the practice of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses essential oils, essences taken from plants, for their healing benefits through scent and through the skin. Aromatherapy is a very intricate process and can involve side effects, so consult with a certified aromatherapist before playing with the oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that need to be diluted before they are applied to the skin. You would use a carrier oil like almond oil to dilute the oil, although you could also use other carrier oils such as grapeseed oil, olive oil or jojoba oil. Almond oil is recommended especially for dry or normal skin, but not for oily skin, as it does not absorb into the skin as well as some other choices. Almond oil is often used in massage oil blends, mixed with another lighter carrier oil like grapeseed.
Benefits of Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil has a number of uses. It is used for the hair to treat head lice, dandruff and greasy hair, and is also used to dye hair brown. It is astringent, so it tightens and clears skin. It is also antibacterial and antifungal, making it effective for skin problems like athlete’s foot, scabies, dermatitis, acne and eczema. Further, rosemary is used to ease pain from arthritis, sprains, strains, gout and sore muscles. However, there is not enough research to back all of these uses. Nonetheless, rosemary oil was shown to significantly inhibit bacterial and fungal microorganisms in a study reported in the October 2007 issue of “Phytotherapy Research” journal.
To make a massage oil using rosemary and almond oils, make a solution with 2 to 3 percent rosemary oil in almond oil. This is about 40 to 60 drops of rosemary oil in a 3.5-oz. container of almond oil. Store the solution in a dark-colored glass bottle in a cool, dark area so it can stay fresh. It takes about four days for the mixture to blend fully. For a bath, add 10 drops of rosemary oil mixed in 1 tsp. of almond oil and mix it into the warm water.
Do not ingest essential oils, especially rosemary oil, as it is toxic when taken orally. Side effects from the rosemary plant are associated with ingesting the leaves, but using the oil is generally considered safe because you do not ingest it. However, you should be cautious with the oil if you are pregnant because it is very stimulating. Talk to a certified aromatherapist before using rosemary oil and talk to your doctor before using rosemary oil to treat any condition.
- “The Essential Natural Health Bible”; Nerys Purchon; 2006
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Rosemary
- “Phytotherapy Research”; Antimicrobial Activity of Clove and Rosemary Essential Oils Alone and In Combination; Y. Fu, et al.; October 2007
- “The A-Z Guide to Healing with Essential Oils”; Shelagh Ryan Masline, et al.; 1997
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