Rosemary is the ‘go-to’ essential oil for many people.
It is widely recommended by trained Aromatherapists the world over, to those feeling mentally fatigued but who need to maintain a clear head.
Rosemary was one of the earliest plants used in medicine due to its antiseptic properties and its history dates back to its use by the ancient Egyptians. Since then, Rosemary has been used for wide range of therapeutic indications.
Here are some of the benefits of rosemary:
The anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial properties of this herb will protect the affected areas from further infection. Furthermore, rosemary can reduce the irritating sensation and speed the healing process. You will need rosemary and water for this treatment.
Relieve lower back pain
Add rosemary to boiling water and then cover it. Now, let it steep for 30 minutes. Drink 1 cup of this tea before going to sleep and 1 cup before your breakfasts. Have this tea regularly to relieve lower back pain.
Rejuvenate the skin
Massage your skin with rosemary oil to rehydrate and tone it. It fades wrinkles & bags on your skin, thus keeping it healthy and beautiful. The cell regeneration properties of rosemary oil help to treat visible skin problems and replace the damaged tissue, which is effective in reducing scars & spots.
Reduces risk of cancer
Researchers studying the effects of rosemary in relation to cancer have found it may inhibit tumor growth. Rosemary’s been shown to reduce the formation of cancer cells by preventing the replication of cancerous cells. This has been documented regarding prostate, breast and colon cancer cells.
Assists brain health
Rosemary has long been revered for its ability to help overcome mental fatigue, improving mental clarity and focus. Now, Japanese researchers have shown that rosemary can do more than that. The research, published in 2015 in Neuroscience Research stated that carnosic acid (one of rosemary’s phytochemicals) has neuroprotective functions in brain cells. They said carnosic acid “served as an activator for neuroprotective and neurotrophic functions in brain cells.” They also stated it may be helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.
For memory and concentration
Rosemary oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to improve memory and concentration, and relieve stress. Other rosemary benefits are lowering cortisol levels to reduce anxiety, especially when combined with other sweet-smelling oils such as lavender oil.
The consumption of Rosemary tea is also known to help with indigestion, stomach cramps and flatulence. Hence rosemary herb is mostly added to meat dishes such as beef, lamb, pork etc. as it helps in the digestion of these meats by stimulating the gall bladder to produce an increased quantity of bile. Hence while preparing such meat dishes it is always advisable to sprinkle some rosemary herb on the meat.
Rosemary consists of impressive amount of immune boosting components, which is specifically powerful against bacterial infections, particularly those in the stomach. H. pylori bacteria are common and very dangerous pathogens that cause stomach ulcers, but rosemary has been shown to prevent its growth when consumed. Similarly, rosemary is related to preventing Staph infections, which kill thousands of people each year.