Benefits of Rosemary and warnings~ plus how to make your own oil! easy~

Henry Cavill just came out with his new No 1 Rosemary water investment scheme.  Let’s take the time to look at the benefits and warnings to this super herb! I love it, and it’s woodsy with a lot of resin, sort of like a pine tree.  It’s fantastic as a plant in your home with a fresh bowl of lemons and when brush up against it releases a tremendous aroma that’s stimulating.

Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits.

Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.

The herb not only tastes good in culinary dishes, such as rosemary chicken and lamb, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

It is typically prepared as a whole dried herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves. A range of rosemary products is available for purchase online.

The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.

Fast facts on rosemary

  • Rosemary is a perennial plant (it lives more than 2 years).
  • The leaves are often used in cooking.
  • Possible health benefits include improved concentration, digestion, and brain aging.
  • Very high doses may cause vomiting, coma, and pulmonary edema.

Benefits

Rosemary leaves bound in rope on wooden table

Rosemary has leaves shaped like needles and pink, white, blue, or purple flowers.

Rosemary has a range of possible health benefits.

Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds

Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.

Laboratory studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.

Improving digestion

In Europe, rosemary is often used to help treat indigestion. In fact, Germany’s Commission E has approved rosemary for the treatment of indigestion. However, it should be noted that there is currently no meaningful scientific evidence to support this claim.

Enhancing memory and concentration

According to research outlined in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, the aroma from rosemary can improve a person’s concentration, performance, speed, and accuracy and, to a lesser extent, their mood.

Neurological protection

Scientists have found that rosemary may also be good for your brain. Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals in the brain.

Some studies in rats have identified that rosemary might be useful for people who have experienced a stroke. Rosemary appears to be protective against brain damage and might improve recovery.

Prevent brain aging

Some studies have suggested that rosemary may significantly help prevent brain aging. The therapeutic ability of rosemary for the prevention of Alzheimer’s shows promise, but more studies are needed.

Cancer

Research published in Oncology Reports found that “crude ethanolic rosemary extract (RO)” slowed the spread of human leukemia and breast carcinoma cells.”

Another study, published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, concluded that rosemary might be useful as an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agent.

Also, a report published in the Journal of Food Science revealed that adding rosemary extract to ground beef reduces the formation of cancer-causing agents that can develop during cooking.

Protection against macular degeneration

A study published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, led by Dr. Stuart A. Lipton, Ph.D. and colleagues at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, revealed that a carnosic acid, which is a major component of rosemary, can significantly promote eye health.

This could have clinical applications for diseases affecting the outer retina, such as age-related macular degeneration – the most common eye disease in the United States.

Side effects

Rosemary is usually safe when taken in low doses. However, extremely large doses can trigger serious side effects, although this is rare.

Side effects include:

  • vomiting
  • spasms
  • coma
  • pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)

High doses of rosemary may cause miscarriage; therefore it is not advisable for pregnant women to take any supplemental rosemary.

Drug interactions

A picture of some white pills on a table

Rosemary can affect the way that some medications work.

Rosemary can affect the activity of some medications, including:

  • Anticoagulant drugs: These include blood-thinning medications, such as Warfarin, Aspirin, and Clopidogrel.
  • ACE inhibitors: These are used for treating high blood pressure. They include lisinopril (Zestril), fosinopril (Monopril), captopril (Capoten), and enalapril (Vasotec).
  • Diuretics: These increase the passing of urine and include hydrochlorothiazide and furosemide (Lasix).
  • Lithium: This is used to treat the manic episodes of manic depression. Rosemary can act as a diuretic and cause lithium to reach toxic levels in the body.

Have you enjoyed reading about the potential health benefits of rosemary? Take a look at our collection of articles about other foods.

Alternatively, read our article about the top 10 healthy foods for your daily diet.

Rosemary products are available for purchase online.

Like anything, use in moderation and contact your doctor to make sure it’s okay to take. It sounds lovely and refreshing but you could do it yourself at home.

This one is a simple one, there out other ways that require a still which I think that how No 1 Rosemary water does it, but it’s tricky and it’s the best way to extract the purest form of the herb.

This is on the level of difficult but not impossible, and I recommend doing this with Lavender. Create your herbal scents, antioxidants, disinfectants the natural way.  Lavender is great on Filet Mignon, superb!

I do love this herb, and it’s super easy to grow. It becomes woody if you let it go, so keep it trimmed down for best results. It can be formed into a topiary.  I’ve bought one that was shaped like a Christmas tree decorated with balls.

 

 

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