Medicinal herb series: 6 Benefits of Rosemary
Let’s talk about the ever so popular herb ROSEMARY.
Everyone has heard of it. Everyone loves it. It grows by the bush along most side walks. It’s everywhere and it is one of the most important herbs out there. We use fresh rosemary in a lot of our dishes. It adds such a beautiful taste without compromising the whole dish. It was not until my husband got sick with a nasty flu that we found just how important this herb is. Let’s discuss why you want this herb in your life.
A little bit about Rosemary
Rosemary also known as Rosemarinus Officinalis is a woody herb that has small needle like leaves. It grows small purple, pink or white flowers. It is part of the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean region. While any form of rosemary is useful, fresh is by far the best way to utilize its fragrance and medicinal properties.
Rosemary is best grown in zones 8 or higher and will reach 3-5 feet in height. It will grow in zones 7 and lower but the plant will be just smaller in size. If you’re not sure what your growing zone is click here. Start seedlings in the spring and plant 2-3 inches apart. In hotter zones, you can chance planting it in the fall. Rosemary loves full sun.
However, ours is not in the sunniest part of our yard and it is just loving life, so pay attention to what makes your plant happy and move it around if necessary. Sometimes it is best to keep plants in a pot, this way you can move them around to find their happy place. Then you can permanently plant them right where they need to be.
As with any plant, mulch, mulch, mulch. By mulching with something like straw or wood chips, you are allowing the moisture to stay in the soil during summer when it is the hottest. In the winter when it is the coldest, mulch insulates the plants roots and keeps them warm. Can I say it again…..mulch, mulch, mulch.
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6 Benefits to Rosemary
High in antioxidants. Let’s have a little side track moment….
Antioxidants are what rids our bodies of free radicals. Free radicals are Molecules that have an odd number of electrons. So when they enter the body they begin stealing electrons from healthy molecules. Which in turn, leaves that molecule with an odd number of electrons. And so the chain reaction begins and soon enough all sorts of bad stuff starts accumulating in the body.
Antioxidants are so important because they go into the body and essential give electrons to the free radicals. This stabilizes the free radical so that it does not attack good molecules in the body. The more antioxidants you put in your body the better. Free radicals are inevitable. They are in the air, the grass, your car. Give your body the right army. Increase antioxidants.
Ok back on track….
By utilizing rosemary aromatically, one can stimulate cognitive function. Rosemary has been used to enhanced memory and focus by increasing the blood flow and stimulating the brain. This stimulation has also been known to decrease the feelings of anxiety, depression, insomnia and brain fog.
Reduce upset stomachs
Rosemary is also an anti inflammatory which is a huge part of relieving gastrointestinal issues. It can help with bloating, gas, indigestion, cramping and so on. It has also been known to relieve digestive issues brought on by anxiety, stress and worry.
It has been widely known to help reduce migraines, headaches and menstrual cramping. You can also apply it topically to minor scrapes to relieve pain. Rosemary can be used topically on sore muscle, muscle spasms, achey bones, inflamed joints and bruises to help provide relief.
Detoxifies the body
Rosemary has diuretic properties which help Flush out nasty toxins from the body mostly through urination. So increase that water intake as well to support the process.
It is know to be a restorative, stimulating and warming herb that directly connects to the central nervous system which, brings feeling of joy, calmness and clear mindedness to an individual. It promotes feeling of contentment and has been known to be Mother Natures natural antidepressant.
Reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD
Rosemary has so many properties that can have a direct effect on lessening symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Because rosemary can increase blood flow to the brain its results are feelings of alertness, extreme focus, relaxation, and a decrease of brain fog.
5 ways to use rosemary
- The easiest way to use rosemary is in your cooking. It adds such a flavor that just enhances all the other flavors with in your dish.
- You could make tea with it. When we discovered rosemary in tea, our lives literally changed forever! It is absolutely amazing in tea. You can see how we make the best tea recipe here.
- You can diffuse in a diffuser rosemary using essential oils.
- Use rosemary oil in salves. By steeping rosemary (dried or fresh) in a carrier oil for 6 weeks. Then making a salve. You can take a look at this comfrey and lavender salve we made just replace the herbs that we used with rosemary and follow the remaining steps.
- You can use it as a tincture. Tinctures are a great way to obtain herbal benefits in a concentrated form. You simply place a full dropper under your tongue and hold it for 30 seconds, this will allow the properties to enter into your blood stream faster. You can always place a full dropper in 4 oz of water too. Beside essential oils, this is our go to when utilizing any herbal properties.
You can download our Complete Guide to Tinctures and learn everything form how they work to making them.
But if that just doesn’t jive with you, we have them available for purchase in our shop.
Rosemary should be part of your medicinal herb cabinet hands down.