Rosemary Leaf Herb Profile

uses and benefits of rosemary leaf

Rosemary Leaf is an aromatic herb in the mint family that grows on an evergreen bush. It is most often used in cooking but has a wonderful woodsy scent that is great in air fresheners and aromatherapy mixes.

Concentrated extracts like Rosemary Oil should be used externally, although the dried herb can be taken internally when used in cooking. It is an especially great herb to add to meats (and pairs well with lamb). Some research suggests that it has anti-cancer properties.

Uses of Rosemary

  • Rosemary can be infused into an oil and used externally for skin irritations like eczema and joint problems like arthritis
  • It has also been reported to speed healing of wounds and bruises when used externally
  • Internally, it is best added to foods as a cooking spice, though a mild tea of Rosemary Leaf can help fight illness when sipped
  • A strong infusion of Rosemary and Nettle leaf is an excellent herbal rinse for hair and can help get rid of dandruff and speed hair growth when used after each washing
  • Rosemary infused oil is an intensive treatment for bad dandruff of hair loss and can be rubbed on hair, left for at least an hour and washed out- this really improves scalp condition!
  • Rosemary Oil can be used externally in times of illness to speed recovery by rubbing on the feet or any areas that are sore
  • My favorite natural air-freshener is to put a small handful of Rosemary Leaf, 1 sliced lemon or orange, and a splash of vanilla into a sauce pot and simmer on low all day (watch the water levels)- It smells amazing and freshens the house for days
  • Though I haven’t tried it, Rosemary supposedly deters small pests like mice. Several people have recommended tucking small sprigs of dried Rosemary into the backs of cabinets to ward of mice and rats during the winter.
  • Rosemary is also helpful in warding off smaller pests like mosquitos and is an ingredient in my Homemade Bug-Off Bars
  • Rosemary Antioxidant Extract is a very effective natural preservative that can extend the shelf life of homemade lotions, cosmetics or other homemade body products
  • Used externally, Rosemary Oil can help sooth the stomach and relieve pain from indigestion, menstrual cramps or other difficulties
  • Pregnant women should not use Rosemary in large amounts (cooking is fine) and should avoid the essential oils.

Ever used Rosemary for something other than cooking? Tell me about it below!

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  1. I think I will be adding this to my mountain rose order to try your air freshner recipe!

  2. I love this! I grew up in a country where out of necesity moms and grandmas are equiped with lots of “natural medicine” knowledge and as I’m switching to a greener/natural life I find myself connecting with my grandma (as she is no longer with us). Anyway, one more use for you: my mom used to bath us in rosemary water (just add fresh leaves to the boiling water than add to bath water) for fevers, and it would bring the fever down right away!

    • I love the thought of using herbs for cure. I wish I had been able to get info from my grandmother. You wouldn’t happen to know of a book on old remedies, would you? A true one, of course. I’m an older person and don’t like side effects of today’s meds. I don’t have to take anything myself yet, but I’m beginning to get small problems.

  3. We love rosemary, thanks for all the ideas! I thought you would like this video I share about Crossroads, it’s so inspiring!!

    • Thanks for sharing, and what a fun walk. I know Alex and Daniel and they are hilarious!

  4. I just picked up a natural deodorant cream with rosemary and mint! I was waiting on my shea/cocoa butters and beeswax so I could make your recipe when I spotted a locally made version that was somewhat similar and has gotten me through lol! At any rate, she says the rosemary helps as an antibacterial agent, I think? I don’t know, but it smells LOVELY!

  5. I have picked Rosemary from my bush
     and rubbed in my hands and then rubbed my arms and legs to work in the garden and so far no misquito bites and usually I can’t go outside without getting bites. This also has worked on my Gran Angels!

  6. My pet rats love rosemary croutons so rosemary will probably not ward off rodents.

  7. When I grill meat over charcoal or when using the gas grill I drop two or three branches of rosemary into the center. I grow two pots in our garden of rosemary. Rosemary smokes on the charcoal and in the gas grill it smokes for a while then burst in to flame. It adds to the flavor of the cooked foods. This Works Great with trout and salmon. This also works great in campfires as well. Its gives a taste like we took the spice rack with us and the rosemary braches travel good in a one quart zip top bag. We can’t do that with fresh sweet basil or fresh oregano which we take only dried.

  8. I just made a Rosemary infused water for posrpartum healing!!

  9. I was looking up the health benefits of rosemary and found you. Thanks for the info on this herb.

  10. i.was..looking.up up info on this herb.the health of rosemary and found you thanks for the

  11. can someone use fresh rosemary with other herbs infused hair oil during pregnancy? i understand that one should not use rosemary essential oil?
    i am trying to grow out my hairs. m hairs are not regrowing on front and i am having shiny and oily scalp as well.i have so much less hair that you can see my scalp.i even cannot see hair roots. i used to have so much thick hairs but its gone now. i am also have pcos , vit d , vit b deficiencies and low ferritin level as well. (its improved from 17 ton 27 now), my weight also shoot up to 256 pounds. does weight loss also helps in hair growth.. with 2 kids i am feeling so much stressed these days..
    please give me some suggestions how i can overcome these things and specially my hair loss that blowing my confidence away,,,

    • Hi I have actually since losing weight been having my hair thin too I have just found out that I have PCOS to help my PCOS so we can conceive I have to lose weight. I have lost 5 pounds so far out of the 25 I have to lose and hair loss is a part of weight loss. I take a prenatal vitamin and drink water like crazy BUT I have curly hair and I infuse rosemary with apple cider vinegar with my conditioner and it has helped A LOT

  12. I recently noticed a article on rosemary, it said it would help memory or brain cells, if you smelled it every day. Can,t find article then saw your website. Have you heard this?

  13. I use rosemary essential oil (antimicrobial, anti viral & a natural antibiotic) with my FOODGRADE hydrogen peroxide 3% (a few drops of REO will do)…I keep this mixture in a small blue vile and squirt some into my mouth with the droper before brushing my teeth) I use this as a mouth wash/rinse and it is a natural teeth whitener as well…super refreshing! My gums are pretty in pink now and my teeth feel as if they have been to the Dentist twice a day…fresh and clean…lov’n it. Thanks Katie for all the information I couldn’t do without it. Going greener is fabulous not only for myself but for our planet.

  14. I read a few of your articles and love what your doing! Thank you for this information on Rosemary. My family loves tht herb as well.

  15. Hi,
    What is the ratio rosemary leaf to olive oil if I wanted to infuse on the stovetop and use for the scalp treatment you mention above? Can this then be used in place of Rosemary Essential Oil?
    Thanks Katie!

  16. Can you make cookies with rosemary?

  17. You can use rosemary as a wash rinse on your dogs gives them a shiny coat also helps to protect them from flees.

  18. Is it ok to use rosemary extract in soap during pregnancy? I would like to use an organic soap I found instead of all the cancer causing soaps and shampoos I have used in the past but it uses rosemary extract as a preservative.

  19. What can u use rosemary in and for what thanx

  20. Rosemary is used for treating colds (flu) by inhaling smell from fresh leaves. Also very good for garnishing of meat leaving it with a nice and sweet smell.


  21. I have a small Rosemary tree.height is about 12″very busher but no flowers.grow for about 3-5years.I also use rotting powder to transplant .so far two is still alive.may I know what is the lift spam of a Rosemary plant

  22. I want to know how rosemary looks like

  23. I started making my own lotions and soaps. I infused rosemary in water and used that as the water percentage of my lotion formulation. I also added orange blossom water, aloe vera juice and glycerin. I can’t say much since it’s early days, but i love infusing herbs and using them in lotions!

  24. Rosemary for remembrance!

  25. I cut fresh rosemary and sage and add them both to the grill or smoker to add flavor. The smoke flavor from these herbs is amazing!!

  26. Can rosemary essential oil be used in place of the rosemary extract you link above?

  27. Has so many uses waiting to be discovered.

  28. We cut fresh rosemary from our herb garden and add it to our chicken’s nesting boxes to deter mites in the hen house!

  29. Please, what is the local name and biological name of Rosemary plant that you posted. This will make a tremendous impact to me. I’ve searched and could not get the answer.

  30. How can I make rosemary infused green tea? Should I just add fresh leaves with tea bag or boil it before drinking?

  31. I like Gin and Tonic with a sprig of Rosemary.. Beats a slice of lemon or lime.