If you’re feeling “down” try taking in the unique and soothing aroma of the rosemary herb. Throughout history rosemary has been used to boost memory acuity and moods. More recent research has shown that it can even lower the risk of age-related cognitive issues.
Besides being a memory improver, rosemary is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It relieves many conditions and there are many wonderful health benefits to be obtained from the rosemary herb. Some of the many conditions it is used to treat include:
- Headache relief
- Protection from DNA damage
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory and relieves joint and arthritic pain
- Relieves muscle pain
- Circulatory system support
- Nervous system support
- Digestive support and relieves indigestion
- Stimulates hair growth and helps treat alopecia
A study listed in the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience stated that the component carnosic acid (CA), found in rosemary, can protect the brain from damage that might be caused by a stroke. It also helps the body fight against harmful free radicals.
The carnosic acid in rosemary has also been found to assist in the prevention of breast cancer, by helping the liver break down estrogen.
If you’re plagued by water retention and bloating, try rosemary as a mild diuretic to flush the harmful toxins from your body. Toxins that enter the body are eliminated through the use of rosemary extract and are effectively flushed from the body.
Rosemary Essential Oil for Topical Use
Studies indicate that rosemary essential oil used as a topical ointment can prevent hair loss, which is helping for those trying to prevent baldness and alopecia.
It is also excellent for muscle pain and muscle spasms, and can be used for bruises and certain skin conditions, such as eczema.
Another topical remedy rosemary is useful for is strengthening the capillaries and increasing the flow of blood to improve dermal circulation.
Cosmetic companies often use rosemary oil in their skin toners. It can also be found in many hair products, creams and soaps. Rosemary essential oil may help to prevent the effects of aging on the skin as it protects the skin from environmental free radicals.
You can also rub the rosemary leaves or some rosemary essential oil (in a carrier oil such as almond oil) on your temples, to provide relief from general headaches.
Make a Cup of Rosemary Tea
Rosemary tea can help relieve digestive problems such as indigestion, calm and relax your mind, provide liver detoxifying benefits, and the aroma from your tea can relieve respiratory problems associated with colds and flu.
Rosemary is a staple in any good herb garden and kitchen cabinet. Chefs use it for meat rubs, combine it with garlic on roasted potatoes or lamb dishes, or use it as a beautiful and aromatic garnish and so much more. It adds incredible taste to culinary works of art while providing great health benefits at the same time.
Many gardeners love to place the rosemary bush within their gardens to deter insects and for the wonderful aroma it emits from its leaves. Landscapers use it for its beautiful gray-green color and hardiness.
You may also grow rosemary in pots as an aromatic addition to a patio or porch. It is hardy and easy to grow and in most areas, can be grown year-round as a perennial shrub.
It’s easy to store the dried rosemary herb. Keep some rosemary on hand to improve the taste of many dishes and to improve your health – both inside and out!