An ancient stimulant used by the Greeks to enhance memory, scholars use to wear the herb around their necks when writing exams. This herb has some amazing forgotten properties that can improve your health if you choose to give it a go. Use in dishes as a spice, but also try it as an herbal tea, or apply topically, as it was in South America in the treatment of cancerous tumors.
- Boosts Circulation. Suffering from poor circulation? You can improve your circulation by adding rosemary oil to carrier oil, for example almond oil and applying it topically to the area. Dilute the oil to around 6% that is 6ml rosemary oil to 100ml almond oil. Rub this on the affected area.
- Memory Enhancer and Concentration Booster. Studies have shown that this herb improves alertness and memory while promoting relaxation. Look no further if your job or studies require you to be mentally alert. Try brewing a cup of the tea in the morning; it can be quite bitter so add some honey and lemon to improve the taste. If you are not a tea drinker, keep a sprig of the fresh herb on your desk, smelling it can help you to unleash your inner genius.
- Protects the Nervous System. A compound called Carnosic Acid contains antioxidant properties and could help protect you from neurodegenerative diseases. Carnosic acid literally helps slow down the aging of your brain. Carnosol (similar to Carnosic acid and also found in Rosemary) is another compound that has been shown to be anti-HIV. Carnosic acid also has inhibitory effects on HIV-1 protease (which is responsible for the breakdown of our cellular proteins). These compounds are also responsible for Rosemary’s antioxidant effects.
- Antiseptic, Antifungal, and Antiparasitic. Want to do a detox? You have just found another good reason to try the tea! ! Due to these properties, Rosemary can help fight unwanted parasites and infection which could be causing, indigestion, fatigue and other symptoms of infection. Topical application of the oil can also help with fungal infections as well as prevent them.
- Headaches. We all sometimes suffer from this crippling occurrence? This amazing herb might just be your answer. The carminative (synonymous with calming) properties can help relieve tension. This along with improved circulation will assist in the management of headaches. Due to this calming effect it also reduces cramps and spasm in the digestive system. Also try taking a long relaxing bath with added essential oils, as this is always helpful in easing headaches and tension. Just remember essential oils are highly potent, dilute and use with care.
- Infusion. 1-2 Tbsp. dried/fresh herb in 1 cup boiling water and let it steep for 10-15min, strain, add honey and lemon and enjoy 2-3 times daily.
- Topical. Apply in a carrier oil such as almond oil.Dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil such as almond oil. For example 100ml Almond oil to 6ml Rosemary oil, which equates to 6 drops.
- Bath. 10 drops essential oil in your warm bath.
Find yours. If you can’t grow your own rosemary, you can find it in most health shops. if you are in RSA you can buy the tea made by Sing Fefur online from faithful to nature or find it in some pharmacies.
Caution. Rosemary is generally considered a safe herb. If you are suffering from a medical condition or are on any medications check with your medical doctor before taking this powerful herb.Rosemary contains salicylate, a compound similar to aspirin. Avoid if you are allergic to aspirin.Talk to your doctor if you suffer from any bleeding disorders of seizures.
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