Rosemary – Delicious Medicine

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5f/Rosmarinus_officinalis133095382.jpg/180px-Rosmarinus_officinalis133095382.jpgRosemary is a spice that shows up in bread and chicken, but rosemary is much more than that.  Rosemary has shown up in my favorite shampoo—Queen of the Meadows.  I had not realized until I read their blurb that my shampoo with rosemary has a stimulating action which helps with hair growth.  I am way behind as rosemary has been used medicinally for a very long time.  Traditionally, rosemary has been “used to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth and support the circulatory and nervous systems.”(1)  So we see, rosemary also is good for our health.

This herb contains phenolic acids, bitter diterpenes, triterpenes (oleanic and ursolic acids), triterpene alcohols and flavonoids.  With all these contents its properties “has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, spasmolytic, antioxidant, smooth muscle modulating, analgesic, venotonic, as well as anti-inflammatory” uses. (2)

According to the UUM site(1), rosemary has been used for indigestion (approved by the German Commission E), topically to treat muscle pain and arthritis and as I stated earlier improve circulation.  (There have been no studies to prove this.)  There are studies that support using rosemary for hair growth, inhibiting food-borne pathogens, improving memory and concentration as well as stress through aromatherapy.

Please do some research if you think rosemary can help you with any of the problems above.  There can be allergic reactions or reactions if you take certain antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, lithium, or diabetes.  Rosemary oil can be toxic if ingested and should never be taken orally.

So if you want to know just a little more about the great tasting herb that was doing you good while you enjoyed it’s flavor look into the links below.

(1)    University of Maryland Medical Center: Rosemary

(2)    Ageless: Rosemary

(3)    WHFoods: Rosemary

(4)    Queen of the Meadow

Marilyn

About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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