Rosmarinus officinalis or Rosemary is a perennial herb woody in nature. Rosemary Herb is found abundantly in the Mediterranean region. Its leaves resemble needles and flowers of purple, dark blue, pink and white color are generally borne. Many gardeners consider it to have very irritating growing habits, since if you prune it right after flowering, you miss on a lot of growth.
This might irritate you as well, because this plant goes un-researched largely. Though It has been listed as one of the world’s healthiest foods, the reason remains elusive since many of its benefits are still not confirmed.
Health Benefits of Rosemary Herb
Various benefits have been listed below.
- According to research, rosemary has been found to strengthen the immune system due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory nature.
- Rosemary has also been shown to fight bacterial infections, peculiarly those in the stomach. It has veen found to combat pylori, bacteria that tends to lead to stomach ulcers.
- Are you worried about your hair loss? Well take rosemary in combination with cedar wood, thyme, and lavender. You will feel a noticeable decline in hair loss, if you add this mixture to your scalp.
- Earlier it was speculated that rosemary and tomato juice can increase memory speed in older adults. However, surprisingly this worsened as dosage increased. Earlier evidence also revealed the fact that the aromatherapy of rosemary can improve the quality but not the speed of memory.
- Earlier there was evidence that the aromatherapy of this herb helped in reducing anxiety and stress, however this evidence is not counted upon these days. Contrarily, it has been found out that applying rosemary oil to the wrist can enhance tension and anxiety. The recent evidence however suggests that talking rosemary and lavender oil does not have any effect on blood pressure; however it does reduce the pulse rate.
- Earlier research also revealed that the product of hops, rosemary and oleanolic acid helped to minimize the pain caused by arthritis.
- It was speculated earlier that taking rosemary causes abortions. However, it has been found recently that oral intake of rosemary does not lead to abortions.
- There is yet insufficient evidence on the effectiveness of rosemary in conditions such as indigestion, gas, cough, gout, headache, toothache, eczema, liver and bladder problems and blood pressure.
So, while a lot of research is required to establish rosemary as a particularly useful herb, there still are traces of certain health benefits.