Rosemary

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is my favorite fragrant evergreen, and I use Rosemary essential oil in our healing hand salve.

This pretty Mediterranean herb in thought to be a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Rosemary has also been found to has properties which kill certain types of bacteria, fungi and virus on the skin, which makes it a great addition for treating minor wounds burns or skin conditions like dermatitis, acne, eczema or psoriasis. It helps dry skin regenerate, and helps improve blood circulation and helps lock in moisture.  It is also thought to aid in neutralizing free radicals; free- radical damage can comprise the structure of your skin leading to wrinkles, sagging, and uneven skin tone.

I love that it helps heal and moisturize which is why it is in my hand salve. I personally love to use salve before and after gardening and cooking to help keep my hands from drying out.  Since I come from a background in the arts, I originally created it due to paper and cloth drying out my skin, so it’s a dry salve that won’ t leaves greasy marks on paper once rubbed into the skin.

Aside from just being good for your skin topically, rosemary can work its wonders from the inside out by adding the leaves of the herb to your favorite foods.  Full of flavor, it is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6, all which support healthy collagen levels. Rosemary is also a rich source of manganese, which has been found to help minimize wrinkles and protects the skin from damage. I love the flavor rosemary on just about everything, so I love that it helps my skin from the inside out too, my favorite dish has to be rosemary crispy baked potato wedges.  Do you have any favorite uses for rosemary?