Gorgeously Green Ingredients: Rosemary April 01 2015, 10 Comments
A member of the mint family, Rosemary is related to oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender and can be used in many forms: as the herb itself, as an essential oil, hydrosol and as an extract. Dr. James Duke from the U.S. Department of Agriculture states that rosemary has over 24 antioxidants, making it a very valuable ingredient, especially in skincare.
Rosemary Essential Oil The essential oil of Rosemary has many uses from skincare to hair care, to managing mood and mind. Rosemary’s properties give it the ability to kill fungi, bacteria and viruses on the skin. It also moisturizes, brightens, tones, as well as promotes healing and cell renewal, making it an important ingredient in my healing body balm. Rosemary essential oil is also used to relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Need help with hair growth? In addition to bringing back shine to hair, Rosemary is also used to stimulate hair follicles for growth and to improve conditions of the scalp (like dandruff) by balancing the scalp’s oil secretions.
Rosemary Extract The anti-oxidant power of Rosemary makes this a really appealing ingredient in the non-toxic skincare industry due to the fact that is has the ability to delay the rancidity of other oils. For example, it improves the shelf life of omega 3-rich oils, which have the tendency to go rancid.
Rosemary Hydrosol. Hydrosols are the pure water that is produced during the distillation process. When you put plants or flowers into a distillation tank, you are essentially boiling/steaming them. During this process, the essential oil molecules will separate from the steam and float to the surface. One of these layers is the essential oil and the other is the hydrosol. So essentially, you’re getting both the aromatic and the therapeutic properties of the plant or flower. Unlike essential oils that need to be diluted before use, hydrosols are gentler and can usually be used directly on skin. Rosemary hydrosols are excellent for hair care, leaving the hair shiny and soft as the ursolic acid creates a slight coating on the hair.
I love the idea that Rosemary extract not only acts as a preservative, but it also conditions the skin. We typically associate preservatives with being both harsh and harmful, but Rosemary has changed that. As a result, I’ve added Rosemary Extract to my Whipped Hand + Body Lotion, my Foaming Castile Hand Soap and my Organic Body Balm. I hope you’ll give them a try.
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