Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Health Benefits of Rosemary Leaf
Rosemary is not only an aromatic herb used in cooking. This incredible herb contains beneficial phenolic components such as rosmarinic, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acids, as well as a host of health-promoting flavonoids that possess strong antioxidant properties. It is a great all around stimulant and tonic and has been renowned as a memory aid. Health benefits include:
- Stimulates the immune system.
- Strengthens the heart and reduces high blood pressure.
- As a tonic for the nervous system, it is used to treat exhaustion, weakness, and depression.
- Improves circulation, increasing the blood flow to the head and brain, so it aids in memory function.
- Good for treating "cold conditions" like chills and rheumatism.
- Improves and stimulates digestion.
- Contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.
- Fights dandruff and balding, so it is often used in hair care products.
- Commonly used in closets and drawers to keep moths away.
- Used as an insect repellant.
- Can help relieve flatulence.
- May help with joint issues and gout.
Nutritional Benefits of Rosemary Leaf
- It is a good source of calcium and iron, vitamin B6, as well as dietary fiber.
How to Use Rosemary Leaf
- This herb is very versatile and usually enjoyed in foods such as sauces, meat dishes, egg dishes, and the like. You can enjoy rosemary on a regular basis this way.
- You can also use it in tea and tincture combinations.
- Often blended with Ginkgo Biloba Leaf and Gotu Kola as a memory aid tincture or tea blend.
Cautions and Side Effects of Rosemary Leaf
- May affect the body's ability to clot, so it could interfere with blood-thinning drugs.
- Should not be taken by people with high blood pressure, Chrohn's disease, ulcers, or ulcerative colitis.