Rosemary, scientifically known as Rosmarinus Officinalis, is an ancient herb known to have spiritual, culinary as well as medicinal uses. Initially a Mediterranean herb, it is now cultivated almost all across the world. It is a perennial plant available all throughout the year. Rosemary grows up to a height of 1.5 m to 3 m and can be grown even in your kitchen garden. All you need is well-drained alkaline soil, prevention from strong winds, and good sunny weather. It has dark green, needle like leaves and fragrant, light blue flowers that blossom in early summer.
Here’s how the regular consumption of rosemary benefits you.
- Defense Against Cancer: Rosemary herb is rich in antioxidants that protect the human system from the impairment caused by free radicals. Human DNA is susceptible to damage by free radicals. If untreated, these can cause cancerous cells to multiply uncontrollably, thereby increasing the risk of cancer. In women, rosemary works as a natural remedy to prevent breast cancer by stimulating liver enzymes that control the estrogen hormone levels in the body.
- Prevents Cataract Formation: Consumption of rosemary in the form of tea or capsules has been believed to prevent the formation of cataract in the eyes. Though this effect is not backed by scientific research, one may still consume it to check for its benefits because this herb is rich in vitamin A that has antioxidant properties essential for good vision.
- Delays the Aging Process: Rosemary extract is known to protect skin cells that prevent age-related changes in skin such as wrinkles and the formation of dark spots. For this purpose, the essence of this herb can be used in face masks. The effect of stress and toxins on skin is also taken care of by rosemary, by safeguarding a protective protein known as HSP70.
- Increases Energy Levels and Optimism: Antioxidant properties of this herb have been found to eliminate harmful toxins from the liver by enhancing the production of detoxifying enzymes, thereby increasing energy levels in human beings. It can be said that it also flushes out all negativity caused by the collection of toxins in the body. Thus, this herb also enables quick recovery from any disease or dysfunction. When used in aromatherapy, rosemary works as a stimulant that rids the body of fatigue and cures depression. A cup of rosemary tea will also help you recover from a bad hangover.
- Memory Enhancement: This herb contains substances that prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain and has therefore, traditionally been believed to be a natural memory enhancer as it enhances the function of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that helps improve memory. It has been found that people who were exposed to rosemary fragrance have felt more alert and have shown marked improvements in the case of long-term memory. You may try this for yourself by getting a massage with rosemary oil or adding some of it to a bath. Even drinking rosemary tea will work to help memory in the long run. Carnosic Acid found in this herb has been found to lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Medicinal Uses of Rosemary
• Simply inhaling rosemary oil uplifts the mood and works as one of the best rosemary home remedies to remove mental fatigue and relieve headache. Taking warm rosemary tea reduces depression.
• Inhaling the steam of an infusion prepared by boiling a handful of rosemary leaves in a liter of water helps reduce migraine headache.
• This herb is advantageous for the heart as well. In fact, it can be used to relieve the pain associated with palpitations by applying a combination of equal parts of rosemary oil and mint oil mixed in carrier oil (you can use olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, etc). Rub this solution on the chest.
• Regularly having rosemary tea sweetened with honey boosts the immune system and aids in digestion. To prepare rosemary tea, you need to boil two teaspoons of dried rosemary (fresh rosemary leaves can also be used) in a cup of water. You can also add ginger in it.
• Sprinkling rosemary sprigs on gassy foods before consuming them helps avoid gas and flatulence.
• Massaging with a tablespoon of sunflower oil mixed with approximately eight drops of rosemary essential oil provides relief from muscle sprains. Follow this procedure for a few days.
• Add a few drops of rosemary oil in a cup of distilled water and gargle with this home medicine frequently as a mouth wash to remove bad breath.
• When dealing with gallstones, massage the abdominal area with a mixture of rosemary oil, lavender oil, and sweet almond oil.
• Applying rosemary essential oil topically assists in healing menstrual cramps. It also relieves muscle ache and arthritis pain. Drinking rosemary tea is also helpful in this regard.
• Applying olive oil mixed with a few drops of rosemary oil on the affected area is useful in treating athlete’s foot.