Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a perennial woody evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary leaves are fine needle-like leaves with a silver touch and pink, purple, white, or blue flowers. The herb has a warm, bitter, and astringent taste but, yet it gives a wonderful flavour and aroma to soups, sauces, stews, roasts, and stuffing. Rosemary herb can be used in dried powder form or as fresh leaves. Its leaves can be used to prepare tea, essential oil, and as a liquid rosemary extract.
For centuries, one of the most common medicinal uses for rosemary has been improving the memory. The herb, especially the flower tops, contain antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, and α-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.
The most interesting health benefits of rosemary include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, treat Alzheimer’s, cancer prevention, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and protect the immune system. The herb also helps stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and help heal skin conditions.
Let us not forget or overlook the amazing health benefits of this common kitchen herb.
Rosemary is usually safe when taken in low doses. However, extremely large doses can trigger serious side effects, although this is rare.
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