This wonderfully fragrant plant with its earthy, spicy and pleasantly camphorous scent uplifts the spirit the moment it hits your nose. Rosemary is a member of the mint family and was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth. But more recently scientists have been discovering its other preventative, neurological and curative powers.
An all purpose herb
Rosemary is an exceptionally versatile plant that can be used topically and internally, as a dried or fresh herb, an essential oil, or in a tea or tincture. As a culinary herb it turns roasted potatoes into a Mediterranean delight and enhances the flavour of meats and soups. According to a report published in the Journal of Food Science, for any meat eaters out there, it's worth bearing in mind that adding rosemary to ground or minced beef reduces the formation of cancer causing agents that can develop during cooking,
Used in a tea rosemary aids digestion, relieves stress and works as a general tonic for the system, improving circulation and helping to clear the skin. As a rich source of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, internally it also helps boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.
Linked to memory for hundreds of years, rosemary was even mentioned in Hamlet with this mnemonic association,. However, although the effects of rosemary on the brain have been understood by herbalists for centuries, they are now also being taken seriously by more conventional practitioners. Scientists have found that rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage caused by free radicals in the brain, helping slow down deterioration and the onset of Alzheimers. In a controlled study by BBC's Dr Chris Van Tulleken, which was carried out at Northumbria University, the use of rosemary oil in a diffuser resulted in significant improvements to participants' memory and mental performance during tests. You can read the full article here.
Certain studies on rats have identified that rosemary might be also useful for people who have experienced a stroke as it appears to protect against brain damage and might improve recovery.
Top tip: For a beautiful, enlivening room scent, Rosemary Oil mixes wonderfully with Marjoram and Juniper, or with Basil and Thyme in an oil burner to ease exhaustion and improve mental clarity.
For winter aches and pains or post exercise fatigue
Topically, its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal essential oil for relieving muscle aches and pains, and rheumatic discomfort. For a massage oil that warms the limbs, energises the mind, boosts circulation, and reduces pain, blend Rosemary Oil with Peppermint Oil and dilute the blend in Coconut Oil then rub on tender muscles and aching joints.
Or simply mix 5 drops of Rosemary Oil with a bath oil or carrier oil and drop into your bath (not suitable for children under 2 years old.)
Rosemary oil at A.S.APOTHECARY
We make our own Rosemary Oil from plants we grow ourselves and harness its therapeutic benefits in a number of our products including our First Aid Kit #21, Flex & Extend. This is an excellent botanical and homeopathic balm to relieve aches and joint pain of any type, including post exercise strain or arthritic discomfort.