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Rosemary Essential Oil: Ursolic Acid

Rosemary Essential Oil

Precious rosemary essential oil, in all its incarnations

It is anti-inflammatory, balancing, and soothing.

It can fight ageing and dryness and is excellent for the hair.

The resinous oil formula delivers a serious shield of weather protection with a delicate blush flush and layered herbal fragrance.

With that in mind, let’s talk about what’s coming up roses.

What is Rosemary Essential Oil?

First, a little history: rosemary receives its name from the Latin words “ros”, which means dew, and “marinus” which means sea – voila; Dew of the Sea.

Derived from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus officinalis, it is a fragrant herb characterised by an energising, evergreen, citrus-like, herby scent native to the Mediterranean. Interestingly, it belongs to the Mint family, and it is closely related to the basil and lavender family of herbs.

Throughout the civilizations in cosmetics, it was used for its antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties and in medical care for its health benefits. It was considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Romans, and rumour has it that the leaves were used in the middle ages as an ingredient in “Four Thieves Vinegar”; a herbal brew concoction infused with herbs and woody spices, to protect people against the bubonic plague. 

More research is becoming available all the time on this lovely herbal extract, but over the course of the last century or so – even just in the past decade – rosemary essential oil is gaining traction, especially in the beauty world. And for good reason: it does work to prevent and treat inflammation. Furthermore, it promotes healthy-looking hair, it has a role on acne bacteria, and it’s occlusive on the skin, helping to protect the skin’s protective barrier.

A groundbreaking study testing different types of rosemary herb extract found that ursolic acid – a key component of the herb – can redirect our skin’s cells to make more intercellular lipids.

These were not just any lipids but important ceramides; a component in our skin’s tissues responsible for improving the skin’s texture and repairing the all-important barrier function.

The same study was carried out on a controlled clinical study of volunteers; researchers were amazed to find that skin treated with ursolic acid was instantly rejuvenated and had the following positive results on the skin:

Rosemary Essential Oil for Hair Care

Ursolic acid is also said to be good for stimulating hair growth and prevention of scalp irritation; it is thought to stimulate blood flow in the scalp, activating mother cells in the scalp, which is why you’ll often see rosemary included in many hair products.

It is added to shampoos and other hair products to also add shine and as an anti-dandruff remedy.

Multi-purpose Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil is anti-viral, anti-microbial, and antiseptic, making it ideal as a natural multi-purpose cleaning spray to cleanse any indoor environment and eliminate harmful bacteria.

A dilution of Rosemary Oil in distilled white vinegar and water makes an excellent spray cleanser suitable to wipe down surfaces like countertops and as a general household cleanser.

One reply on “Rosemary Essential Oil: Ursolic Acid”

Ursolic Acid is known for its body recomposition properties. This has led to a surge in the R&D of ursolic acid capsules and supplements for the enhancement of muscle mass and fat reduction.

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