Rosemary is an evergreen Mediterranean herb, whose name means “sea dew”. It is mostly used as spice in the Mediterranean dishes or as an essential oil. It has an aromatic fragrance and intense taste and it is also has very good health benefits for our physical and mental health. Many consumers consider this herb as the healthiest Mediterranean spice.
How to use it:
Spice your food with rosemary or use it as an essential oil. You can add the fresh rosemary in a common baked potato, but if you use it with olive oil, you simple can’t resiste it. Also, you can use it as tea. In a cup with hot water add one or two brushwood rosemary and leave it to steep for a few minutes. Finally, enjoy this relaxing drink.
Rosemary healthy benefits:
- Stimulates hair growth
If you lose hair, a good remedy against hair loss is the head massage with rosemary oil. According to one study, individuals who massage their scalp for seven months with rosemary oil have regained a significant hair growth and improved the fiber quality of their hair.
- Lowers stress
Rosemary can be your ally in fighting out stress. It is known that it lowers the level of cortisol, a hormone that is secreted when you’re under stress. It helps you feel calm and relaxed.
- Relieves symptoms of cold & flu
Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties and its beneficial effects on the respiratory organs, rosemary oil reduces symptoms of sore throat, cold, or flu. It is also known for alleviating the symptoms caused by allergies. Apply a few drops of rosemary oil on an aroma lamp and let the smell spread throughout the room in which you stay. Or, you can put 2 or 3 drops of rosemary oil in boiling water, cover your head with a towel and inhalate the smell 15 to 20 minutes.
- Improves memory and brain function
Rosemary promotes brain health and prevents its deterioration that comes with aging or illness. If you notice that your memory has reduced, have rosemary with you; especially in places where you spend a lot of time reading, studying, watching TV, or listening to music. Even the fragrance of the plant alone is known to improve memory and brain function. Numerous studies have shown that individuals who smelled rosemary regularly, had improved their memory and concentration.
- Eliminates pathogenic microorganisms
The frequent pathogenic microorganisms that occur in food, especially when food is not carefully handled and stored, can be detrimental to our body and mind. Rosemary, with its antimicrobial properties, fights germs and prevents their occurrence in food.
- Protects against premature aging and degenerative diseases
Surely many times you’ve heard of free radicals – the enemies to our health. They cause premature aging and allow conditions for many diseases to occur. Rosemary is the merciless fighter against free radicals. This plant/spice is one of the strongest natural antioxidants, which reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, premature aging, and vision problems.
- Relieves symptoms and abdominal pain
If you consistently have cramps or intestinal gas, tea from fresh or dried rosemary twigs will help alleviate symptoms. It also alleviates menstrual pains, headaches, and relaxes your muscles.
- Reduces the risk of breast, colon, and skin cancer
It is known that rosemary prevents cancer, especially breast and colon cancer. It is the most effective in combination with turmeric or taken as an extract. Also, in the summer, the oil of rosemary provides protection against solar radiation and thus reduces the risk of skin cancer.