Rosemary is often used to soothe nervous tension, relieve depression and improve digestion. It may be most prized for stimulating the circulation of blood throughout the body, in particular to the brain, enhancing memory and overall cognitive function. Let’s face it, mamas, we need this in our lives! Every. Single. Day.
- Enhances Mental Function
- Improves Digestion
- Improves Circulation
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), is a small, perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean region. Its long-standing history in many herbal traditions around the world has helped Rosemary earn its place as a powerful staple remedy with a wide variety of uses. Before the modern practices of disinfecting took hold in hospitals, rosemary was used to wash surgical instruments. It was also used as antiseptic washes in labor and delivery rooms and was burned to cleanse the air in sick wards. Rosemary plays an important part in many ceremonies and celebrations as it is believed that the herb brings luck, love, and joy to all who embrace this powerful plant ally.
Known to Improve Brain Function and Memory
Many have heard the saying, “Rosemary for remembrance.” One of the most noted uses of rosemary is enhanced cognitive function. Much of this effect comes from the herb’s ability to stimulate the circulation of blood to the brain. Research has shown that low-to-moderate doses of rosemary have significant positive effects on memory. Other research theorizes that rosemary can stimulate cognitive function as a result of its antioxidant effects on the body. This theory suggests that the antioxidant qualities of rosemary heal damage in the brain, allowing the brain to perform at a higher level. Additionally, rosemary is noted for its ability to relax the nervous system, calm anxiety, and relieve mild depression. All these actions are thought to contribute to increased brain performance.
Reported to Fight Infection
Rosemary’s antiseptic properties give the herb an important role to play in assisting the body with clearing a wide variety of infections. This makes rosemary a noteworthy herb in the treatment of viral infections, like colds and cases of flu. The warming quality of this herb supports the healing effects of fever during the early stages when the body feels cold and shivery. Additionally, rosemary is often included in formulas created for soothing respiratory ailments. Its stimulating and drying effects make it a useful remedy when treating congestion in the upper and lower respiratory system.
Could Enhance Digestive Strength
Rosemary is a useful remedy for treating digestive issues such as gas, bloating, cramping, and other symptoms that may stem from microbial imbalances or infections in the gut. Rosemary works to clear congestion and stagnation in the digestive tract while supporting overall digestive and liver health.
May Relieve Pain
Rosemary has also been used to relieve pain. This is a result of its ability to stimulate the circulatory system, bringing fresh blood and warmth to muscles and extremities. This warming circulation helps alleviate a large number of ailments and has placed rosemary at the center of many formulas created to relieve pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis to injuries that affect the muscles and joints. The stimulating effects of rosemary have even been used (internally and topically) to stimulate hair growth in men and women.