The Benefits of Rosemary
This aromatic herb is usually associated with good food, but rosemary’s many health benefits make it a must-have this gardening season.
Rosemary, a charmingly fragrant herb, has graced gardens, kitchens and apothecaries in the Mediterranean region for centuries. Rosemary is a member of the mint family, like other herbs such as oregano, thyme, basil and lavender, which is why it has beautiful periwinkle flowers.
The marvelous piney scent of rosemary is usually associated with good food, but this aromatic herb can do more than add flavor to your culinary creations. Rosemary’s many therapeutic properties make it an indispensable herb.
Discover the 12 health benefits of rosemary:
1. Improved memory and concentration:
Rosemary has long been linked to memory. Even Shakespeare said, “There’s rosemary, that’s for the memory….”.Knowing that simply sniffing rosemary improved memory by 75% according to British researchers’ discovery. A substance produced in the leaves, carnosic acid, may actually protect the brain from free radical damage.Rosemary promotes healthy blood flow to brain tissue and has a stimulating effect on the mind via its compounds. To take advantage of the many benefits of rosemary, sniff a sprig of fresh rosemary, soaking up its aroma, and don’t forget to add some to roasted potatoes, chicken.
2. Immune System Support:
Rosemary’s amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties make this herb an ideal addition to your diet to protect your health, especially during the winter months. Use fresh or dried rosemary in your dishes to boost the immune system for the whole family. You can also massage your body with rosemary-infused oil (recipe below).
The ancient Greeks knew about the stress-relieving powers of this herb, and modern research confirms that the smell of rosemary can reduce cortisol levels, which are associated with stress. Use a diffuser with a few drops of pure rosemary essential oil to flood the senses and help reduce your stress and anxiety, or sniff a bunch of fresh rosemary.
Consumption of fresh rosemary (in small doses) excites the production of bile which aids digestion, this helps to better neutralize acidic foods in the stomach. The infusion of rosemary promotes the treatment of stomach problems such as cramps, bloating, constipation or indigestion.
5.Relieves asthma and allergies:
Because of its antihistamine properties, rosemary can reduce the severity of allergies and help people with asthma, reducing inflammation in the airways.
6.Try a fragrant, relaxing rosemary-based steam:
Boil four cups of water and pour a handful of fresh or dried rosemary leaves in a bowl over it. Place your head over the bowl and capture the herbal steam by draping a towel over your head as you inhale the steam for relief.
7. Helps control hair loss and dandruff: Because rosemary oil increases blood circulation, it can be used to treat hair loss and irritating dandruff while improving the condition of the scalp. After washing the hair, massage the scalp with a few drops of rosemary-infused oil (recipe below).
The eucalyptol compound in rosemary helps to decongest the chest, making it easier to expectorate phlegm. Massage one or two drops of rosemary-infused oil on your chest and throat every few hours.
9.Soothes muscle pain:
Rosemary is a powerful massage oil for sore muscles and back pain. Massage the affected area with rosemary-infused oil to help relieve pain.
10.Relieves arthritis pain:
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary oil make it an excellent pain reliever for chronic pain.To treat stiff, aching joints try a rosemary bath, which has been used for centuries. Throw a handful of fresh rosemary into the hot bath water, or brew rosemary tea in a saucepan, then add the tea to the bath water.
This herb has been a popular natural remedy for migraines for centuries. To relieve headaches, rub a sprig vigorously between your hands to release the fragrance, then breathe in.
12.Soothes skin irritations:
Rosemary’s antimicrobial and antiseptic properties are beneficial for those suffering from eczema and dermatitis. Use rosemary infused oil topically and massage into your skin and also you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your daily body lotion..