Rosemary all rounder for wellness

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant evergreen herb with needle-like leaves that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a popular herb in cooking due to its aromatic flavor, and it also has various health and skincare benefits.

Rosemary has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties. It contains bioactive compounds like rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid, and caffeic acid, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. These compounds can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria that cause acne.

Rosemary has a distinctive and fresh herbaceous, woody, and slightly camphoraceous aroma. The scent is uplifting and energizing and commonly used in aromatherapy for its invigorating and stress-relieving properties. 

Rosemary Essential oil is known to stimulate mental clarity, boosts confidence, enhances emotional balance, inspires creativity, and promotes overall well-being. Its invigorating aroma can uplift the spirit, ignite motivation, and encourage a positive and assertive personality. Use rosemary oil for a dynamic and vibrant approach to life and self-expression. Rosemary essential oil pairs well with, Peppermint and Basil, but really sings with Lavender essential oil. Rosemary Essential Oil

As a hydrosol, Rosemary is a natural and gentle toner for the skin, with antiseptic and astringent properties that help to cleanse and tighten pores. It can also help balance oily skin, improve circulation, and promote a radiant complexion. Use as a refreshing mist or toner for clear and rejuvenated skin. Rosemary hydrosol pairs nicely with Kawakawa and Lavender hydrosols. Our Lush Facial Mist incorporates Rosemary and Kawakawa hydrosols, truly living up to its name on your skin. 

Rosemary can be harvested throughout the year in New Zealand, as it is an evergreen herb that does not go dormant in winter. However, the best time to harvest rosemary is typically in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing and producing new leaves.

To harvest rosemary, you can simply snip off the top few inches of the stem with pruning shears or scissors. It's best to harvest rosemary in the morning when the essential oils in the leaves are at their peak concentration.

To use rosemary for skin benefits, you can make a simple DIY face toner by steeping fresh rosemary leaves in hot water, allowing it to cool, and then applying it to your skin with a cotton ball. You can also mix rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil and use it as a facial massage oil or add a few drops to your skincare products. Always do a patch test before using any new product on your skin.

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