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***WARNING: Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should speak with their doctor before using Rosemary.***
Rosemary is a delicious and refreshing way to boost overall health in a variety of ways! Native to the Mediterranean region, considered an evergreen shrub with needles for “leaves,” this versatile herb provides a truly stimulating, system regulating, absolutely delicious cup of tea, hot of cold. Rosemary tea has been used as a natural internal cooling agent, making it a treasured remedy for reducing fevers in children and adults as well as “hot flashes” in menopausal women. Rosemary leaves are used in herbal medicine and are often employed as an aid to support cognitive health. Food manufacturers add rosemary to meats and sauces as an antioxidant and stabilizer.
Benefits for Rosemary Leaf:
- Antioxidants- Rosemary tea contains compounds shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects. The two most studied compounds in rosemary are rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid. Regarding the extracts, the phytochemicals mainly present in R. officinalis are rosmarinic acid, camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, carnosic acid and carnosol. Therefore, R. officinalis is mainly composed of phenolic compounds, di- and triterpenes and essential oils
For More Information:
To get a general background on Rosemary’s health benefits: Rosmarinus officinalis L.: an update review of its phytochemistry and biological activity
To get more background on the major antioxidant components: Carnosic Acid and Carnosol, Two Major Antioxidants of Rosemary, Act through Different Mechanisms
To get more background of the antioxidant behavior in Rosemary, read the following article: Phenolic Diterpenes, Flavones, and Rosmarinic Acid Distribution during the Development of Leaves, Flowers, Stems, and Roots of Rosmarinus officinalis. Antioxidant Activity
To review a double-blinded randomized trial on effects of oral rosemary on memory performance, anxiety, depression, and sleep quality in university students: Effects of Rosmarinus officinalis L. on memory performance, anxiety, depression, and sleep quality in university students: A randomized clinical trial.
“It is concluded that rosemary and its constituents especially caffeic acid derivatives such as rosmarinic acid have a therapeutic potential in treatment or prevention of bronchial asthma, spasmogenic disorders, peptic ulcer, inflammatory diseases, hepatotoxicity, atherosclerosis, ischaemic heart disease, cataract, cancer and poor sperm motility.” Pharmacology of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Linn.) and its therapeutic potentials.
“Rosemary aerial parts are used as flavoring agent in foods, beverages, and cosmetic preparations and have various traditional uses in ethnomedicine including: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, spasmolytic, carminative and choleretic applications.” Effects of extract and essential oil of Rosmarinus officinalis L. on TNBS-induced colitis in rats