What is Rosemary Oil? Related to mint and looking like lavender, rosemary has leaves like flat pine needles touched with silver. It boasts of a woodsy, citrus-like fragrance that has become a feature of many kitchens, gardens, and apothecaries worldwide. You are probably most familiar with rosemary for it’s culinary and herbal benefits, but rosemary oil can be used for a wealth of health and wellness purposes. How do we use it? Rosemary oil helps to stimulate follicles, making hair grow longer and stronger and is beneficial for dry and flaky scalps. Rosemary has a reputation in skin care for its ability to balance natural oils. It can help refresh oily skin and hair without causing excess dryness It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities that make it beneficial in efforts to eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and other skin infections. We use organic rosemary extract in our USDA Certified Organic Shampoos to help moisturize and strengthen your pet's coat. Rosemary also works as a natural flea repellant, which is an added bonus! Rosemary contains iron, calcium, and phytonutrients. These nutrients of rosemary can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals. Since rosemary has natural antiseptic properties, it's also a superior disinfectant for our skin as well. This is why we use rosemary extract in our Nose Rescue, it's the perfect ingredient to help keep your dog's sensitive nose healthy. Is rosemary safe for my pet? Yes, and you might notice rosemary as an ingredient in your pet's food as well. Herbalist Gregory L. Tilford, co-author with Mary L. Wulff of Herbs for Pets says: “Rosemary, in most forms (dried, fresh whole plant, tincture or tea) can be used very safely in dogs, and in fact is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by FDA for use in both humans and animals.” BUT, with any essential oil it is important to know how to use it safely with your pet and you can learn more about that here.