HEALTH / The Healing Power of Rosemary

Rosemary is perhaps one of the most common herbs around. We grow it in our gardens, as it’s a hardy little plant and looks lovely in out boarders. We put it in our food, it works spectacularly with lamb, and we use it’s scent in out beauty products, not only because it’s simple one of the best smells around, but because rosemary essential oil helps strengthen the capillaries in our skin, having a rejuvenating, and anti ageing effect.

It also used to be hugely perverlant within the world of medicine. It was an herb known for strengthening the memory, and helping the brain; Shakespeare himself advocated this, and studies have proven him to be correct! Nowadays it is also used as a pain killer, and a digestive aid.

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Here in Britain (always up for of a good ritual) we used to believe that this woody plant could protect us from evil spirits. It was burned in the homes of people who had died from illness, placed on coffins before the grave was filled with dirt, and hung in the door way on All Hallows’ Eve. But new studies have shown that there was perhaps a little method behind their superstitions. Recent research into rosemary’s chemical makeup shows that the herb contains antioxidants, which inhibit the action of free radicals – unstable molecules believed to cause many diseases, including cancer, our modern day evil spirit.

So for now, let’s take advantage of some of rosemary’s wonderful properties which are thought to stimulate our adrenal glands to provide energy while lifting moods and relieving stress, by creating this gorgeous, and ridiculously easy, relaxing face mist.

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What you will need:

A glass or plastic mist bottle
Distilled water
Rosemary essential oil (you can get this here)
A sprig of rosemary

And that’s it!

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Fill your bottle with distiller water, then add up to 10 drops of rosemary essential oil. Thus really depends on your taste, but I would never say any more than 10, it’s strong stuff, 3 – 5 is what works for me.

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Use anytime you feel in the need of a relax, or as a lovely toner between your cleanser and moisturiser. It would also make a gorgeous and really thoughtful present (yes I’m thinking about Christmas already, awful I know!), create a beautiful label including the ingredients and suggestions for use. I know I would never turn that down, and homemade presents are somehow always more appreciated.

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