Rosemary plant and its amazing health Benefits on the Skin

Botany of Rosemary

Rosemary is an evergreen flowering plant that is native to the Mediterranean. 

Rosemary can also be found in some parts of Europe and Northern Africa.

Taxonomically, it is classified under the family Lamiaceae which includes Sage, Lavender, and Basil. It belongs to the genus Rosmarinus, species officinalis

The name Rosemary is gotten from two Latin words ‘Ros’ Dew and ‘Marinus’ Sea which means Dew of the Sea.

Rosemary possesses oblong or square shape stem. Just like other members of the Lamiaceae family.

It  possesses opposite leaves, which are linear, needle shape and evergreen with smooth edges that generally tend to curl slightly under the blade. 

The flowers have two lips, upper and lower lips. The lower lip of the flower is larger and characterized by distinctive spots and lines.

It has two stamens with pistil placed between them. The flower color may be a shade of soft to medium blue or lavender-blue with some varieties having whitish or pinkish flower coloration.

Biochemistry of Rosemary

Rosemary was used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans to enhance memory and in festival ceremonies. 

Modern finding shows that Rosemary contains phytochemical compounds which break acetylcholine. This is a biochemical compound responsible for thinking, concentration, and memory.

Rosemary essential oil is found to contain pinene, camphor, camphene, 1,8 cineol, limonene and linalool. 


The pinene was found to lower inflammation.

Inflammation is a condition of any part of the body, consisting of congestion of the blood vessels, with obstruction of the blood current, and growth of morbid. 

This condition is manifested outwardly by redness and swelling, attended with heat and pain.

The pinene is also found to kill harmful microorganisms on the body and is used as an expectorant and bronchodilator.


The camphor is a good phytochemical compound found in essential oil of Rosemary which can be used to treat cough. 

It is also used to monitor various respiratory problems such as Decongestant. Camphor is also used as an antimicrobial agent.


Camphene is used to relieve various illness in the body.

It is used to lower tension and anxiety. This is done by inhibiting the activities of some hormones, reducing nervous tension and dilating of blood vessels and in the reduction of reactive oxygen species.

1,8 Cineol

1, 8 Cineol is used in the treatment of viral and fungal infection. 

1, 8 cineol is also used as an analgesic, which means the chemical is used to reduce pain without inducing unconsciousness.


Limonene is a powerful phytochemical in the treatment of low concentration and memory. 

This compound can be used as nervous stimulant, psycho-stimulant, detoxifying and in the treatment of mood balancing.


 Linalool is a phytochemical found in rosemary which acts as sedative and anti-anxiety.

Benefits of Rosemary on the Skin

1. Rosemary plant can promote hair growth and skin cells regeneration

2. It can also help prevent wrinkles

3. It treats skin burns and scalds

4. Rosemary can also Prevent skin Cancer

5. It prevents skin odor

6. It can prevent skin irritation and inflammation

7. It can be used as a lightening agent


Rosemary is one of the few plants with high important minerals, vitamins and other biochemical substances.

The antioxidants present in Rosemary plant can help prevent malignant cells growth.

While minerals improve collagen and blood cells formation.

This helps build stronger bone, hair follicles and healthy and allow healthy blood flow.

It has an antimicrobial and lightening benefits, which make Rosemary an excellent additive in cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

There are many more benefits of Rosemary, but for the purpose of this article, we are stopping here.

We hope this guide gives you an excellent insight about the benefits of Rosemary plant on the skin.

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