8 Amazing things about Rosemary

8 Health Benefits of Rosemary

By: Arlene Gentallan

Health Benefits of Rosemary
8 Amazing things about Rosemary

        You might think of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as something you stuck in your dishes to taste, but this ancient symbol of remembrance has a rich history embracing both legends and reality. Rosemary's history brings forth images of Greek goddess Aphrodite, and Christian's Virgin Mary.

        In ancient times, rosemary is present in the most important life events such as weddings and funerals. It is believe to ward off evil spirit and nightmares. Ehem, rosemary has such an amazing fragrant that it has been used in ancient times to cover up the stench of rotting corpse.

Did you know: Rosemary comes from the latin "ros marinus" which translates to "dew of the sea."

1. Memory Booster

        Research has confirmed that this "ancient symbol of remembrance" actually does help you remember. Even it's smell can enhance memory and improve learning.

2. Uplifts the mood & Relieves stress

        Rosemary has an antidepressant and anxiolytic property. Studies shows that even it's smell increases alertness. If you're feeling down or sleepy, this may just be the thing for you. Rosemary's scent stimulates your brain, making you feel animated and upbeat. Now, that's a positive reason to enjoy a cup of rosemary tea!

        A study by Atsumi, and Tonosaki shows that rosemary and lavender aroma decreases the stress hormone "cortisol" level in saliva.

3. Antioxidant; Anti-inflammatory; Antitumor; Anticancer

        Rosemary is rich source of antioxidant which fights free radicals and prevents oxidative damage. Antioxidant fight premature aging. Research also shows that rosemary extract can prevent cancer cell formation and growth.

4. Antibacterial

        Rosemary contains antimicrobials such as 1,8-cineole, a-pinene ,ß-pinene, carnosic acid, and rosmarinic acid. In fact it is being used as a natural preservative to prevent spoilage of foods.

5. Acne buster

        Rosemary oil's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property fights acne. While it's popularly used to add flavor to dishes, it's use as topical oil to relieve acne is poorly known. However, studies does who that's effectiveness as a home remedy in treating acne problems.

6. Liver protector

        In a study by Raškovic, Milanovic, Pavlovic, et al., they've found out that rats with liver damage given a dose of 5mg/kg and 10mg/kg of rosemary essential oil resulted in a decrease in  AST and ALT. AST and ALT are liver enzymes measured through blood test to indicate liver function. If it's level is elevated, it may indicate liver problem.

7. Pain reliever

        Rosemary acts as a mild analgesic. Drink a cup of rosemary tea  to relieve menstrual cramps, body pain, or headache. You can also massage rosemary essential oil on the area where you feel the pain.

8. Hair loss

        Rosemary can mean more hair for you. Androgenetic alopecia form of hair loss prevalent in both men and women. A study by Panahi, Taghizadeh, Marzony , and Sahebkar, shows that using rosemary oil for 6 months significantly improves hair count in people with androgenic alopecia.

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