Rosemary known as Rosmarinus officinalis is a perennial herb with fragrance. It is known to have originated from the Mediterranean as a wild, strewing evergreen perennial shrub. It is used for aromatherapy, culinary and medicinal purposes. The plant and it’s leaves are used for decoration. If possible, choose fresh rosemary over the dried form of the herb since it is far superior in flavor.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROSEMARY
Memory : Rosemary improves memory and concentration. It contains carnosic acid which has neuroprotective properties and protect against Alzheimer’s and memory loss associated with aging.
Hair Care : It’s extracts are used in shampoos and herbal hair rinse to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. It may also prevent premature baldness and encourage healthy scalp. It can also combat dandruff.
Pain Relieve : This herb is used as a massage oil to tone down the circulation system. It also relieves muscle spasm and pain from arthritis. In addition, it relieves migraine pain.
Culinary : The leaves are used as a flavor in various foods such as roast meat.
Boost Immune System : The herb is rich in folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and riboflavin. Folates help to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy. It also contains vitamin C, making it a good antioxidant. Vitamin C is needed for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining blood vessels, skin, organs and bones. Vitamin C also prevents scurvy and boosts the immune system. Rosemary also contains Vitamin A which has antioxidant properties and it’s good for vision. Vitamin A is known to protect against lung cancer.
Anti-cancer : The herb contains carnosol, an anti cancer compound which prevents cancers of the breast, colon, prostate and skin.
Digestive Problems : It treats digestive problems like upset stomach, constipation or indigestion. It’s antispasmodic properties loosen the digestive system by smoothing out the inner muscles.
Anti-aging : Rosemary is a popular ingredient in anti-aging creams. It reduces puffiness, stimulates cell regeneration, increases firmness and improves skin tone.
Anti-inflammatory : It’s anti inflammatory compounds carnosic acid and carnosolihibites inhibits the enzyme COX-2 that causes inflammation and pain.
Body Odour : Rosemary is good for battling body odor. It is good for battling bacteria and fungi that causes body odor. Add a little rosemary oil to your bath to remove body odor and gaggle a little rosemary tea to eliminate mouth odour.
Diuretic : This herb can help remove extra water from the body. Extra fluid in the body can be damaging to the heart and lung especially in people with congestive heart failure.
Antioxidants : Antioxidants are found in virtually all plant foods and are also produced by the body. The herb protects your body against oxidative stress processes caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress is the primary cause of aging.
Respiratory Problems : Breathing the scent of the essential oil of rosemary reduces congestions due to cold and flu. This makes it a great natural remedy for respiratory problems. Rosemary oil is good for respiratory infections because of its antiseptic property.
Other health benefits of Rosemary include the following:
It is an excellent sources of iron. Iron is the main component of hemoglobin which helps blood carry oxygen to other parts of the body.
Rosemary also has calming effects. It works against fatigue, sadness, anxiety, calms muscle soreness and digestive pain.
Rosemary stimulates the central nervous system.
As with any medicine or herbal supplement, you should consult your doctor before use of rosemary especially when you have an underlying medical condition or if you are on some medications. Rosemary may interfere with blood pressure and blood thinning medications. Rosemary oil may lower blood sugar level in both diabetics and non diabetes.