By Natural Advocate | May 13, 2012 - 3:14 pm - Posted in Herbal & Natural Beauty

You may only know the herb rosemary as a cooking spice, but this inexpensive, abundantly grown herb (it is even found in the wild all over in the Pacific northwest, you can walk down roads and see it growing wild many times) has many other uses. They are uses ranging from beauty to therapeutic health uses.

I always keep a bottle of the dried spice around to help add savory flavor to my chicken and pork. I like to use it in one particular slow cooker recipe I use a lot for a whole frier chicken and it turns out absolutely delicious every time.

Here are some of the health benefits of taking in rosemary in your diet :

1.)  It can be useful to treat indigestion and other digestive disorders

2.) It helps to defend against several types of cancers as it has potent antioxidants in it including the following : monoterpenes, phenolic diterpenes and flavonoids. These are all found in both the fresh and dried version, but are more potent in the fresh version of course because the effects have been preserved better.

3.)  Rosemary has properties that help block harmful breast cancer-causing estrogens from forming, making it a great addition to the diet for breast cancer prevention.

4.)  Rosemary is a great source of the potent antioxidant vitamin E.

On top of all this, rosemary can also be used topically on the skin, hair and scalp as a soothing and tonifying agent. It has the typical antioxidant  qualities when used in its essential oil form. It also is high in antibacterial agents in its essential oil form, which makes it good for cleansing the scalp and skin.

I love to use it in haircare products for the scalp because it helps to cleanse away dirt and debris that typically block the hair follicles. It is EXCELLENT for scalp health and is often recommended for those that suffer from dandruff or hair loss to help rejuvenate and stimulate the scalp as well as the hair follicles.

Since it also contains vitamin E, it is excellent for protecting skin from free radical damage. Although its scent is somewhat pungent and woodsy for some people, it mixes very well with natural mint and produces an excellent cleansing and tonifying experience for the skin, hair and scalp.

It also can help produce shiny hair, which makes it a great candidate for shampoos and conditioners.


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