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You probably know all about this time-tested herb—or at least your taste buds do, right? It's graced a whole slew of cuisine over time, whether in leaf or powdered form. You might've tasted its piney essence in the last herb loaf you sliced and buttered, or as a rub on lamb. That fresh, familiar scent is only half the picture, too: food manufacturers often add rosemary to meats and sauces as an antioxidant and stabilizer because few things are as healthy and versatile.

You can probably guess where we're going with this, since our love affair with rosemary (it's a key ingredient in many of NasCia Naturals products) has much more to do with its skin-related benefits. It's the kind of herb that's earned all the hype—and it'll be integral to holistic health for a host of reasons that we're exploring today.

Rosemary Essential oil has properties to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses on the skin, which make it ideal for using on minor wounds and burns, or on problem skin that's affected by dermatitis, acne, eczema or psoriasis. The oil helps stimulate cell renewal, promoting healthy healing -- all while infusing the skin with moisture and improving skin circulation. In addition to being beneficial for skin, rosemary oil also helps improve scalp conditions such as dandruff, as it balances your skin and scalp's oil secretions.

Rosemary essential oil should never be taken internally. Likewise, if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have high blood pressure or digestive disorders, you should check with your doctor before taking rosemary supplements. Additionally, rosemary can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, diabetes medications and diuretics.

The nutrients of rosemary can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals. Since rosemary has natural antiseptic properties, it's a superior disinfectant for our skin and hair. In fact, this essential oil is known to promote a healthy, moisturized scalp and reverse premature graying.

Rosemary Oil acts as a refreshing astringent that balances and tones the skin. Topical application of Rosemary Oil helps decongest acne and oily skin types while maintaining balance within the skin. Rosemary Oil’s antimicrobial benefits give oily and acneic skin an advantage in preventing future breakouts. Aging skin receives an invigorating stimulation that increases circulation, providing your skin with a youthful, radiant glow. Rosemary Essential Oil, a member of the mint family, provides stimulation, oxygenation and overall reviving refreshment to skin.

Rosemary Oil is extensively used in skin care products, especially for acne and oily skin conditions. Rosemary Oil hydrates the skin, which helps to control oil production. It also provides an antibacterial surface for the skin, keeping acne at bay. Rosemary Oil’s antiseptic properties are beneficial to skin conditions such as eczema.

Rosemary has been used in folk medicine to stimulate hair growth as a rinse for many centuries. The most important constituents of rosemary are thought to be caffeic acid and its derivatives such as rosmarinic acid; these compounds have antioxidant effects. Rosmarinic acid is used against hair loss, since it promotes blood circulation and consequent potential hair growth. This plant is used against various hair and scalp disorders, such as early baldness or dandruff and is frequently used as a component of shampoos and conditioners.

Cosmetic extracts are created from the leaves, flowers and stem – or the entire plant. And that list doesn’t even include any of the individual cosmetic compounds that are found in Rosemary – such as rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid or caffeic acid listed above. We love this amazing plant and this is why you will see Rosemary in some form listed in the majority of our skincare and haircare products and even some of our cosmetics.

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