By Diane Irving
Besides the alluring aroma of rosemary, the herb has many mental and physical influences on health. The Mediterranean herb’s natural name is Rosmarinus Officinalis. The ancient Greeks used the herb as a mental enhancer, and ancient Egyptians put it on tombs. These days, it is known to reduce stress, enhance memory, encourage hair growth, and improve many other conditions. The results can make a big difference in everyday life.
The long-stemmed green needles sprout small blue flowers. Growing rosemary is somewhat challenging. However, if you are wanting to try your hand at it, you can purchase plants from garden centers and local herb shops. It can grow best in warm, sunny environments.The plants don’t need large amounts of water, but humidity is a must. Herb lovers use it in tea, as a dry herb, or in oil form. Leaves can be penetrated for oil or hung upside down to dry out. Afterward, it can be cut up and used for cooking. It is most commonly used as a dry rub on meats or potatoes.
Even just the smell of rosemary can be a health booster. The scent can increase memory, elevate mood, and lessen stress or anxiety. A few studies have also reported that it has prevented certain cancer cells from spreading. Along with all the benefits mentioned above, studies have suggested that the herb can help headaches, arthritis/joint/muscle pain, inflammation, and immunity. It is anti-bacterial, a liver detox, has anti-aging properties, aids digestion and blood circulation, and is good for the skin. Natural Society reports a study done by the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience which found that, “Rosemary’s active component carsonic acid can actually protect the brain from damage, including that caused by strokes and degeneration due to toxins and free radicals.”
Pregnant women should avoid using large amounts of rosemary, and anyone suffering from hypertension should also stay away. In cases of people who have epilepsy, the condition could get worse. The essential oil should not be taken by mouth; if a person takes rosemary in large amounts, it could cause pulmonary edema, nausea, or more serious results. Therefore, it is always best to consult a physician before consuming large amounts.
Whether age or a degenerative disease has taken a toll on mental capacity, remember rosemary as a remedy for memory health. Or simply try the herb to improve the effects of other health problems. Whether it’s used in cooking, as an essential oil, or in tea, its impressive benefits could have a pleasant outcome. Don’t forget to ask Dr. Marone about herb options, and take advantage of nature’s medicine!
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*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.