Rosemary is a very aromatic evergreen shrub that has been in use from medieval times. I love all aromatic herbs and rosemary is no exception. I have always been mesmerized with herbs and aromatic herbs holds a special place in my heart because I find them greatly relaxing.
The oil extracted from the leaves is called rosemary essential oil and it is widely used in perfumery and as a medicine. Rosemary is a restorative herb, it is a good medicine for treating cold, headache and general lethargy. It greatly improves memory, has a calming effect and is very good if we take it internally in the form of tea while suffering from depression and nervous tension.
The botanical name of rosemary is Rosmarinus Officinalis. Rosemary belongs to the family Lamiacea and genus Rosmarinus. It has needle shaped leaves and produces pink, white, purple or blue flowers that bloom in the month of May and June.
It is generally found all over the Mediterranean and here in India it slowly getting available everywhere. Rosemary plant is commonly available in most nurseries in India and it goes by the same name in all Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, etc.
Rosemary Chemical Constituents:
Rosemary Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses:
1. Rosemary For Alzheimer’s:
2. Rosemary Benefits For Improving Memory & Cognitive Function:
3. Rosemary For Cold Related Problems:
4. Rosemary Benefits For Cancer:
5. Rosemary Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms:
6. Rosemary Anti Inflammatory Properties:
7. Rosemary Benefits For Hair Care:
8. Rosemary For Stomach Related Problems:
9. Rosemary Anti Microbial Properties:
10. Rosemary Benefits For Skin Care:
Where To Get Rosemary?
a. Rosemary Plant:
b. Rosemary Tea:
c. Rosemary Essential Oil:
d. Rosemary Oil:
Rosemary infused oil can be easily made at home, I have given the recipe for it below. Fresh rosemary can be shade dried and stored for future use.
Rosemary Side Effects:
5 Top Rosemary Benefits & Uses For Hair, Skin & Health:
1. Rosemary Oatmeal Bath:
If you are stressed out, I would greatly suggest treating yourself to this rosemary and oatmeal bath. The smell of fresh rosemary is absolutely relaxing. For the bath, take 1/4 cup of oatmeal in a cup, add 3 tbsp of finely cut rosemary to it and mix well.
Tie this into a bundle using a muslin cloth and drop it in the bath water and your relaxing bath is ready. This bath also will leave your skin smooth and supple.
2. Homemade Rosemary Shampoo:
I love homemade shampoos not only because they are cost effective but because you can greatly customize it to your liking too. For instance, I tried a homemade shampoo with fresh sage leaves, you can use the same base and use rosemary instead, will work very very well in reducing dandruff, hair fall and itchiness. You can find the link for the recipe here.
3. Rosemary Tea:
To make rosemary tea, boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon a fresh rosemary. Let it steep, sweeten with honey and enjoy your rosemary tea. This tea has wonderful health benefits, it improves memory, reduces stomach cramps, inflammation and is also great for having while we suffer from cold and flu.
4. Rosemary Hair Rinse:
This rosemary hair rinse if used as a final hair rinse will leave your hair absolutely shiny and beautiful. For making the hair rinse, cut rosemary into fine pieces and place in a cup. Pour apple cider vinegar on top till the rosemary is fully immersed in the apple cider vinegar.
Let it steep till for a few days, strain and use as a final hair rinse. To use, mix it with water in the ratio of 1: 3 and apply on shampooed hair. Wait for a few seconds and rinse with water.
5. Rosemary Massage Oil:
Since rosemary is so aromatic, it steeps so well, infusing any liquid with it’s essence and aroma. This rosemary infused oil is so very easy to make, all you need is a sprig of rosemary, a cup of any unrefined oil and lot of patience.
Take a sprig of rosemary, slightly bruise it and take in a dark bottle, pour unrefined oil of your choice on top till it is fully immersed. Wait patiently for 2 weeks for the oil to infuse in a dark place. This oil can be used as a massage oil, it will reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation and reduce skin infections.