Refreshing herb Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region but today you can find it everywhere. Rosemary oil has been used for its healing, medicinal and psychological effects for centuries. Research has shown that an antioxidant rosmarinic acid obtained from rosemary could possess neuroprotective effects in neuroinflammation and oxidative stress .
Although rosemary essential oil is now made by extracting the natural oils from herbs or flowers using advanced techniques, centuries ago simple oil infusion was used.
Here is a simple recipe to make Rosemary oil at home. All you need is dried Rosemary, olive oil and a nice warm corner of your house. You can use rosemary infused oil as a body oil or a hair mask. If you prefer, you can use rosemary-infused olive oil in salads, dips etc. Rosemary oil and extracts are used for fighting signs of inflammaging such as Ageless Perfection Cream
Rosemary-infused olive oil recipe
1-Prepare your Rosemary
If you are using fresh rosemary, harvest it from the freshest part of the plant, the tips. Wash it well and dry it before use to remove any dirt and debris.
2-Measure the leaves
Fill a clean, dry, glass jar around two-thirds full with dry Rosemary. Do not pack the Rosemary and leave it loose so the oil will have enough space to cover the herbs.
3-Fill your jar with olive oil
Completely immerse the rosemary with high quality extra virgin olive oil. Cover the herbs with oil so they will not be exposed to air. If you like you can use grape seed, apricot, sunflower, or other liquid plant oils instead of olive oil. If you are going to use the rosemary oil in foods, olive oil is the best choice. Remove the air pockets in the jar by gently stirring the mixture.
4- Waiting phase
Close the jar tightly. Leave the jar for two to four weeks in a warm location. Gently shake the jar every couple days. Make sure the rosemary remains immersed in oil.
5-Strain your oil
After two to four weeks, to get every bit of the rosemary out of the oil, strain the mixture through a few layers of clean, dry cheesecloth. Repeat the straining process until your oil is clear.
6-Store your Rosemary oil
Transfer your rosemary-infused oil to a clean, dry glass bottle or jar. Let the oil settle for a week in a dark cool place. During this time, if there are any impurities generated from the plant material to settle at the bottom of the bottle. If there is any water coming from the plant, it will rise to top. Remove any oil/water mixture on the top. Strain it through a clean cheesecloth to a clean jar. Label and store your rosemary oil in a dark cool place until use.
7- Enjoy your handmade Rosemary oil
The rosemary oil is infused with fresh leaves and it should be refrigerated and used within the week so make it in small amounts. This will help to prevent the growth of any harmful bacteria that could cause the oil to go bad.
What are the benefits of Rosemary oil?
A potent antioxidant, rosemary oil and leaf extract has been shown to have astringent qualities and help protect the skin and prevents signs of premature aging. Rosmarinic acid (the main component in rosemary leaf) helps to calm down skin conditions like eczema and acne and skin allergies. Its Carnosic acid content possesses antimicrobial properties beneficial for skin healing and cleansing. This oil can help balance your skin’s natural oils. Whether your skin is dry or on the oilier side, Rosemary Essential Oil gives your complexion the elements it needs.It has been also used for its ability to stimulate cell growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as stimulate hair growth to help it look and feel healthy.
With its ability to trigger circulation and lymphatic drainage, rosemary oil helps to visibly remove toxins from the skin. It combats dull looking skin or even fight the appearance of cellulite to rejuvenate your complexion. Its scent can also help to instill clarity and enhance memory.
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