Rosemary, a small evergreen shrub with needle-like, dark green leaves, is derived from the Latin meaning sea dew. Rosemary can be used in a variety of dishes, however, it’s the leaf of the plant that is typically used for medicinal purposes.
Traditionally used by herbalists as a natural herbal medicine to improve memory, among many other things, Rosemary embodies an effective stimulant that increases memory function. It has also been used to stimulate the appetite, relieve muscle pain, and treat upset stomach, apathy, rheumatism, flatulence, digestive problems, circulatory problems, neuralgia, spasms, wounds, and eczema.
As an antispasmodic herb, it is used to increase urine production, and when used in combination with St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba, Rosemary may improve disorders associated with brain inflammation.
In addition to calming the nerves, rosemary relaxes muscles, eases pain, and reduces tension and anxiety throughout the body. Thus, it has been very helpful in treating headaches, stress-induced migraines, nervous exhaustion, and stress relief, essentially attacking anxiety and depression.
Rosemary is considered to be a circulatory and nerve stimulant, thus activating the flow of digestive juices. Its components enhance a stronger blood flow and have also been used to treat disorders characterized by circulatory weakness such as high and low blood pressure, bruises and sprains, and also as a varicose vein treatment.
Because it is a strong antioxidants source, Rosemary may prevent cancer-causing chemicals from invading cells, particularly in the liver and bronchial areas.
Rosemary has been shown to treat toxic shock syndrome, and though it has been described as potent enough to kill bacterial infection, it should be noted that it cannot expunge bacteria from the digestive tract.
Because rosemary stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body, it increases the blood supply to the skin as well, which is thought to help restore a youthful glow.
If your hair is dull from product buildup, a Rosemary tea rinse might very well help to bring back the shine. Used once a week, it cleans hair follicles and promotes hair growth.
Rosemary, along with Sage and Thyme, is another culinary herb that embodies medicinal benefits as natural herbal medicine. If you plan to have a herbal garden, these three herbs would be a great, healthy start!