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What versatile herb can improve your stuffing, fruits, sauces, salads… and brain function?
Yes, that’s right, there’s an aromatic herb waiting in your local produce aisle that can enliven just about any type of food, and has amazing potential to improve your health, your looks, and your power to fight disease…
The wonders of rosemary
For as long as written records have existed, rosemary has been known for its medicinal properties.
In ancient Greece and Rome, rosemary was believed to grow only in the gardens of the righteous, and to offer protection against evil spirits.
The first book on herbal treatments was published in England around 1525. It recommends using rosemary tea for having “fayre skin,” and “for much worth against all evils of the body.”
English botanist Nicholas Culpepper wrote, “… rosemary is an admirable cure-all remedy of all kinds of cold, loss of memory, headache, coma.”
While this may sound extreme, it’s not very far from what we know today about the powers of this herb to restore and maintain health and beauty.
Rosemary oil and aging
If you’re looking for a natural way to improve mental clarity and boost brain function, rosemary oil can help. Studies have shown that the carnosinic acid found in rosemary can enhance the production of nerve growth factor, improve working memory, and protect the brain from oxidative stress.
Rosemary oil is also known to stimulate hair regrowth, and ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
Keep those germs away… naturally
Have a cough? Tea made from rosemary leaves will help release mucus and control your coughing.
Also, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, rosemary extract has been shown to relieve symptoms even in those who are resistant to conventional asthma medications.
Quite a few studies have demonstrated the anti-microbial power of rosemary extract. In one, it was able to inhibit the growth of 28 out of 29 bacterial strains.
It may seem a little farfetched to think that something as ordinary as rosemary can have any effect on cancer. But research is providing more and more evidence to the contrary.
A growing number of studies support the effectiveness of rosemary against a variety of cancers, including cancer of the pancreas and liver, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, liver and lung cancer, and leukemia.
Based on the results of a study that pitted rosemary against ovarian cancer cells, researchers stated that rosemary “holds potential as an adjunct to cancer chemotherapy.”
In another study, carnosinic acid slowed tumor growth by over 80%!
How to add some rosemary to your life
Better digestion, smoother skin, and heavenly-smelling stews … it’s pretty clear that everyone could use a little rosemary in their life!
Here are some easy ways you can start enjoying rosemary’s flavor, aroma, and potential health benefits.
Essential oil: When buying rosemary essential oil, be sure it is therapeutic grade, and preferably organic. Synthetic oils are not the same, and not as potent.
For a sense of alertness, enjoy the aroma of rosemary oil by using a few drops in a diffuser, or mixing a few drops with coconut oil and rubbing on the temples or back of neck. Or, rub it into sore, achy muscles.
To aid digestion, try rubbing 1-2 drops on the bottom of the feet or the stomach.
Rosemary oil is never to be ingested, as it is toxic and meant only for topical use.
Tea: Rosemary tea is made by steeping fresh or dried leaves in hot water for about five minutes. It’s probably a good idea to check with your doctor for the maximum amount you should be ingesting for your condition.
Rosemary in large amounts may reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners and certain blood pressure medications. And, the salicylate found in rosemary tea is very similar to aspirin. If you are allergic to aspirin, you’ll want to check with your doctor before indulging.
Cooking: Rosemary is a versatile ingredient. It can enhance vegetables, fruits, meats, even desserts.
Add a few rosemary sprigs to olive oil to make flavored oil for cooking or salads. Add it to a marinade for cooking meat or fish. Baked apples, nut breads, ice cream … rosemary can add a new dimension to these tried-and-true favorites!
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