It is a perennial plant which hails from the mint family. Its leaves are often used in culinary preparations and has many medicinal properties in it that help improve memory, relieve muscle ache, boost immunity and promote hair growth.
Rosemary has a range of such benefits:
Rosemary is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components which help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. The antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals in the body keeping it disease free.
Rosemary is often used to treat indigestion in traditional medicine. However it has now been approved by Germany’s Commission E as a definite treatment for it. However, researchers are still working on collecting its evidence.
The aroma of Rosemary can improve memory and the ability to focus/concentrate on tasks. It can be used in form of essential oils and even body perfumes. It can also improve one’s performance, speed, accuracy, and (to some extent) their mood.
Studies claim that Rosemary is good for your brain too. It appears to be protective against brain damage and age related brain abnormalities. It prevents brain ageing and its therpautic ability helps in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research shows that the use of crude ethanolic Rosemary extract can slow the progression of leukemia and breast carcinoma cells. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory and anti tumor agent.
A study published in Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science, conducted at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, showed that Rosemary has carnosic acid, which can promote eye health. It can be used in treatment of age related diseases of eye such as Macular degeneration.
However, if taken in extremely large quantities, it is capable of triggering side effects like vomiting, spasms, coma, pulmonary edema and even miscarriage in pregnant women.