How Do You Extract Oil From Rosemary?

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In addition to being a celebrated savory seasoning, rosemary has a time-honored tradition of medicinal and therapeutic use. For centuries, it has been used to enhance memory, promote hair growth and relieve pain and tension. While none of its professed health benefits have been scientifically proven, studies confirm that rosemary is rich in antioxidants and contains natural anti-microbial properties. (See Reference 1) Rosemary's essential oil is popularly used in aromatherapy and massage treatments since it's believed to relieve stress and improve concentration. Cold-pressing and steam distillation are common methods used to extract essential oils from herbs like rosemary. However, these techniques usually require extensive experience and the use of complex apparati. Below is a simple stovetop method that uses low-heat and a grapeseed oil base to harness the essential oil of rosemary. If working with fresh rosemary, allow it to dry out in a warm, dark place for several hours. Make ... more
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