Rosemary may initially be thought of as a cooking herb with a variety of purposes. But what many people are unaware of are the benefits of using rosemary for health reasons other than to spice up your meats and vegetables. When extracting oil from the leaves, you get rosemary essential oil, filled with all the goodies for your mind and body. Rosemary is related to mint and looks similar to lavender, with leaves like flat pine needles touched with silver that leave a mesmerizing aroma.

So, why rosemary oil you ask? For Cliff Original, being healthy is more than just the food we eat or the exercise we complete, which is why we value each specific ingredient in our products. We want your hair and skin to smell fresh and satisfying, but we also want it to be healthy. Let’s take a look at what exactly rosemary can do for you.

Stimulate Hair Growth:

We always want our Cliff Original ladies and gents to have great hair, and thanks to rosemary oil, your hair will turn from dull to remarkable. Regular use of rosemary oil helps stimulate hair follicles, making hair grow longer and stronger. In a study of 84 people who had alopecia, a disease which causes hair to fall out, found that those who massaged their scalps with rosemary essential oil daily for several months experienced significant hair regrowth. How does it work? Rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels and, in turn, stimulates hair follicles into producing new hair growth.

Not only does rosemary help regrow hair, but it slows down premature hair loss and graying of hair, acting as a natural hair darkener. Say goodbye to Rogaine, and add rosemary for a natural alternative. And what makes hair loss happen frequently? Detangling those nasty knots. Oil, infused with moisture, will help detangle and restore moisture in your locks and scalp, allowing you to be knot and tangle free.

Banish Dandruff:

No one likes a flaky head of hair. Thanks to rosemary’s anti-fungal properties, rosemary can be used as a gentle and effective dandruff treatment. Many commercial shampoos and conditioners contain harmful chemicals that can damage your scalp and increase dandruff. Instead of spending money on dandruff shampoos and expensive hair masks, the infusion of rosemary already in our shampoo and conditioner will keep your scalp hydrated at all times. As long as you follow the ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ and massage in well, your scalp will stay hydrated and thank you daily.

Skin Care and Acne Clearing:

It’s not just about your hair here. Skin care is just as important in your shower routine. You may not know it, but many commercial shampoos and conditioners have harmful chemicals that similar to causing dandruff, can harm your facial skin as well.

Rosemary has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that help to eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and acne, which is why this magical herb is often found in many facial cleaners. Many consumers use rosemary oil by itself, acting as a anti-acne cream, massaging the oil into skin to help tone and remove dryness. Rosemary’s all-natural anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties are a pimple's worst enemy.

Stress Relief:

Some people say that they do their best thinking in the shower. Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Paired with rosemary essential oils steaming up your shower and you are golden.

How does rosemary come into play? A study showed that smelling rosemary oil actually decreased the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the saliva. So now rosemary not only helps your hair and skin, but your mental health as well. Inhaling rosemary oil lifts your spirits immediately, stimulating mental activity and prepping you for a good day ahead.

It’s not always about high-end expensive merchandise laced with products you can’t even pronounce out loud. Learning about natural herbs, like rosemary, can improve your mental health and physical health while implementing an all-natural method into your life.

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