Rosemary is a hardy plant with uses that range from culinary to aromatherapy. Its health properties are also diverse. Considered a memory aid since ancient times — students in Ancient Greece would insert rosemary sprigs into their hair while studying for exams — rosemary’s ability to improve quality of memory and focus is backed up by science. The Mediterranean perennial also has anti-cancer properties and has been used traditionally to calm nerves and muscle spasms, stimulate the nervous system, and fight inflammation.
1. Fall-Purpose Cleaner
Create a natural disinfectant cleaner that will leave your home smelling like autumn.
Combine 2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
25 drops rosemary essential oil
25 drops fir essential oil
Pour into a large spray bottle. Use the mixture to cleanse and disinfect kitchens, bathrooms and counter tops.
2. Legendary Cure All Lotion
According to herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, this is a gypsy cure-all. This wonderful herbal astringent lotion has been hailed as the first herbal product ever produced and marketed. Legend has it that the early Gypsies formulated it and claimed it to be a cure-all. Whether or not it is I hardly know, but I do know that it is an excellent astringent for the face and a great rinse for dark hair.
This Gypsy herbal astringent lotion combines gentle common herbs in a masterful way, it’s easy to make, and it’s a versatile formula that serves many purposes. The Gypsies used it as a hair rinse, mouthwash, headache remedy, aftershave, footbath, and who knows what else! I have seen this formula sold in department stores in exotic little bottles for a fancy price. You can make it for the cost of a few herbs and a bottle of vinegar.
- 6 parts lemon balm
- 4 parts chamomile
- 4 parts roses
- 3 parts calendula
- 3 parts comfrey leaf
- 1 part lemon peel
- 1 part rosemary
- 1 part sage
- Vinegar to cover (apple cider or wine vinegar)
- rose water or witch hazel extract
- Essential oil of lavender or rose
- Place the herbs in a widemouthed jar. Fill the jar with enough vinegar that it rises an inch or two above the herb mixture. Cover tightly and let it sit in a warm spot for 2 to 3 weeks.
- Strain out the herbs. To each cup of herbal vinegar, add 2/3 to 1 cup of rose water or witch hazel. Add a drop or two of essential oil, if desired. Re-bottle. This product does not need to be refrigerated and will keep indefinitely.
3. Rosemary Home Scrub
Try this gently abrasive homemade cleaner on sinks, tubs and showers.
Combine 1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup liquid castille soap
10 drops rosemary essential oil in a small bowl
Stir to a smooth consistency. To use, scoop a small amount of the mixture onto a damp sponge. Scrub the surface you’re cleaning in small, circular motions, and rinse well when done.
4. Clarifying Rinse
This hair rinse brightens and strengthens locks.
Heat 1 cup apple cider vinegar to almost boiling, and pour over 2 tablespoons fresh or dried rosemary. Add 10 drops Lavender Oil, and store the mixture in a glass bottle. To use, add 2 tablespoons of the mixture to 1 cup of water, and massage through hair after shampooing. Rinse well.