requires shelter in cold regions. Its botanical name, Rosmarinus, is derived from
the Latin, ros, meaning "dew" and marinus, meaning "of the sea," since it grew
Rosemary has been used since ancient times as a symbol of friendship, loyalty,
and remembrance, and was traditionally carried by mourners at funerals and
brides during their weddings. Garlands were worn to help scholars with their
studies since it was believed that rosemary helped with clear thinking and
Rosemary adds delicious flavor to many foods. First, remove leaves from the
plant, then chop them into small pieces to release the oil. Rosemary enhances
the flavor of soups, stews, potatoes and meats such as lamb, chicken,
salmon and tuna. Since ancient times, It has been used as a food preservative
by folding crushed rosemary into meat, fish, pasta and potato dishes.
In addition to flavoring foods, Rosemary is a powerful herbal remedy with many
health benefits. It is also a source for calcium, magnesium, manganese,
phosphorus, iron, zinc, potassium, Vitamin C and B-vitamins.
Rosemary is a rich source of Vitamin E, giving it strong antioxidant qualities that
prevent cancer-causing chemicals from binding and causing mutations in
cellular DNA (particularly in the liver and bronchial cells). The anit-oxidant
properties also help protect the cells in the body from the damage of free
radicals by slowing down their production. Rosemary also may help in
preventing heart disease, arthritis, premature aging and the formation of
Rosemary cleanses the blood and helps to control many pathogenic organisms.
As a diuretic, it increases the flow of urine that flushes bacteria from the body
before they have chance to cause infection, yet does not completely wipe out
the natural bacterial population of the digestive tract that keep the intestines in
healthy balance. Rosemary has also been used successfully in treating toxic
shock syndrome. Rosemary's fungicidal properties have been effective
in killing yeast infections, such as candida albicans.
Rosemary also kills germs when used as a gargle and mouthwash. To inhibit
infections from minor cuts, press fresh leaves onto the wound. You can also
use rosemary to prevent body odor caused by bacteria or fungus by mixing
ground rosemary into bath powder and applying it the body. The leaves can be
used to make tea for drinking or as a body wash.
Rosemary is an excellent brain stimulant that improves brain functioning and
memory by feeding it with oxygen-rich blood. It also contains compounds that
prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that assists the nerve
cells responsible for memory and reasoning.
These compounds may help Alzheimer patients by drinking in tea form and
using shampoos containing Rosemary essence oils. Rosemary also improves
hair quality, reduces dandruff and may delay balding by stimulating hair
follicles. However, be aware that most shampoos on the market are full of toxic
chemicals which in themselves may cause more problems. We offer a few
homemade shampoo recipes on this website.
Rosemary is an excellent stimulant for the circulatory system to treat disorders
such as low blood pressure, bruises, sprains and varicose veins. The
flavonoid, diosmin, is effective in reducing capillary fragility and enhances the
flow of blood. Rosemary also regulates blood flow during menstruation and
helps to ease menstrual cramps and pain.
Because Rosemary stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body, it
increases the blood supply to the skin, which may help restore a youthful glow.
Rosemary essence can also be used in facial masks and may help in
preventing wrinkles. Drink a cup of Rosemary tea as a pick me when feeling
Asthma may be relieved by rosemary's volatile oil which can open air
passages and help relieve congestion brought on by colds and flu. To aid with
congestion, make an herbal tea with crushed rosemary. Add 1 teaspoon per
cup of hot water, steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink a few cups a day. You
can also inhale steam from Rosemary tea to help break up congestion and
Rosemary strengthens and tones the stomach, stimulates digestion and relaxes
the digestive tract, which helps to calm upset stomach, nausea, ease cramps
and spasms in the intestines, alleviate flatulence, stimulate appetite,
dyspepsia and bloating. It also stimulates the release of bile and aids in the
digestion of dietary fat and is helpful in treating indigestion caused by anxiety.
from the liver, boosting its function. As a mild diuretic, it can assist in reducing
Rosemary calms and soothes the nerves, relaxes muscles, eases pain and
reduces tension and anxiety throughout the body. It has been very helpful in
treating headache, stress-related migraines, depression, nervous
exhaustion, depression and apathy. The herb is also effective in alleviating
the pain of neuritis, neuralgia, tendonitis, rheumatism, aching joints and
overall muscle pain and spasms. Add 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil to
your bathwater to help relieve aching muscles and frazzled nerves.
Rosemary essential oil strenghtens capillaries when applied to the skin, having
a refreshing effect. It also helps prevent age-related skin damage. As with any
essential oil, dilute rosemary oil with another oil (such as coconut, olive or
sesame) before applying to the skin, starting with a small patch to test for
For most people, Rosemary is very safe to use as an herbal tea or food
supplement. However, small amounts of rosemary oil may cause irritation of the
stomach, kidneys and intestines. Larger doses can be toxic. Never ingest more
than a drop of concentrated rosemary oil.
or high blood pressure (it may slightly increase blood pressure). Like all herbs
and foods, start slow and pay attention to any possible side effects.
Rosemary tea has an aromatic "pine" taste, try various
dilutions to find the taste that best appeals to you. It also
blends well with other teas, such as dandelion.
Rosemary tea is a mild stimulant, yet contains no caffeine.
There are a variety of ways to make rosemary tea.
Our preferred method for 1 - 2 cups of hot tea is to add
1 T. of dried leaves or a sprig of fresh leaves per cup
to a tea press then add boiling water and let steep
5 - 10 minutes.
teaball, then add boiling water in a cup and steep for
5 - 10 minutes. For best results, cover cup with a plate
to retain the steam so the active chemicals are preserved
in the tea.
Add dried leaves or fresh sprigs in your favorite teacup,
after steeping, pour through a strainer or cheesecloth.
To make a gallon of rosemary tea, place about a half
cup of dried leaves or several fresh sprigs in a large pot
with a gallon of water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat
and allow to steep 5 - 10 minutes. Once it has cooled
enough to handle, pour through a strainer into a glass
container that can handle hot liquids. Serve at room
temperature or store in the refrigerator.
For additional health benefits or fuller flavor, add
additional spices such as cloves, garlic or star anise.
To sweeten, add raw honey or stevia.
Try adding a splash of lemon or lime juice for pizazz.
Rosemary, brewed with ginger is a natural antihistamine
and is excellent as an expectorant, decongestant and
helps combat nausea.
One of our favorite all-season drinks, hot or cold, is easily brewed from the aromatic ornamental
plant that decorates many yards in the southwestern United States!
See the recipes for rosemary tea below.
Rosemary has a plethora of health benefits for the heart, skin, liver and brain. Rosemary is well
known as a relief for headaches and migraines, as a memory enhancer and as a restorative after
radiation exposure. The list goes on, as you can see from the article below.
Gather whole branches of rosemary, rinse, then tie into small bundles with rubber bands.
Hang upside down in the house or outside in a shaded area. Once the leaves are dry, they can
easily be removed by holding over a large bowl and crushing with your fingers.
Store in a glass container that is well sealed. Label the container with the harvest date and
all the good, healthy things rosemary does for you. This is a great idea if your memory is poor,
since rosemary is a memory enhancer. :-)
Rosemary will help raise your pH alkalinity and restore a sagging spirit.
Enjoy in joy!