Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen herb that is native to the Mediterranean. It has been hailed since medieval times for its medicinal and immune-strengthening properties.
Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pains, improve the circulatory system and memory. Research suggests that rosemary has cancer-preventive properties, too.
It is used as a culinary seasoning, but is also used for aromatherapy mixes and perfumes owing to its wonderful woodsy fragrance.
The dried whole herb can be eaten, but a concentrated extract such as rosemary oil should be used externally.
To prepare your own rosemary-infused oil, place two sprigs of dry rosemary leaves into a glass jar, add olive oil and seal the jar. Store it in a warm, dark place for two weeks, strain, and then pour it back into the glass jar.
It is best used to marinate chicken and lamb, and is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6.
Rosemary is an excellent source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. They strengthen the immune and circulatory system. Due to its antioxidant properties, rosemary neutralizes free radicals that attack DNA.
Compelling research suggests that extracts of rosemary can delay chemically induced cancers. Carnosic and rosmarinic are active compounds in rosemary inhibit the production of cancer cell lines like prostate cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Rosemary can also reduce resistance to chemotherapy drugs.
Early research suggests that ingesting 750 mg of powdered rosemary leaves may improve memory speed in healthy, older adults. Evidence also suggests that rosemary aromatherapy can improve the memory and cognitive performance. Compounds in rosemary prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical that stimulates brain cells responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with one another.
Rosemary is an antibacterial that cleanses the blood and inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria without destroying beneficial bacteria in the body.
If used topically, rosemary oil can soothe pain from indigestion and menstrual cramps.
Rosemary infused oil is an intensive remedy for dandruff and hair loss. Heat some rosemary infused oil and massage into the scalp. Leave it on for an hour and wash it out for treating scalp conditions.
Rosemary infused oil is also topically used to treat skin conditions like eczema and joint problems like arthritis.