Know Your Medicinal Herbs: Rosemary

Rosemary is a medicinal herb that is originally from the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the mint family, along with other herbs, including oregano, basil, thyme, and lavender. Rosemary has been used since ancient times for medical purposes and various health problems. Here are the main health benefits of rosemary.

Combats inflammation

Rosemary is the source of antioxidants helping to strengthen the immune system and improve blood circulation.  

Improves digestion

It is widely used in European countries for treating various digestive diseases and disorders. Thus, in Germany, it has been officially recognized as a herb for treating indigestion.  

Improves memory and the ability to concentrate

According to the research published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, rosemary’s aroma helps to improve concentration, attention, memory, mood, and performance.  

Protects the brain

Rosemary contains carnosic acid – an ingredient eliminating free radicals from the brain. Moreover, it is recommended to people experienced stroke because it improves recovery and regeneration of the brain cells.  

Prevents brain aging. 

Rosemary may be helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s – a type of dementia characterized by ta gradual death of the brain cells.  

Protects from macular degeneration. 

The results of a research published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science in 2012 showed that carnosic acid contained in rosemary has a positive impact on eye health.  

Lowers cancer risk.

Due to its anti-inflammatory qualities, rosemary acts as an anti-tumor agent by lowering cancer risks.  

Side effects of rosemary 

If taken in low doses, it is absolutely safe. However, large doses of rosemary might trigger serious side effects, including:  

  • Spasms 
  • Coma 
  • Fluids in the lungs (known as pulmonary edema) 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Miscarriage. Therefore it is not recommended to pregnant women.  
  • Allergic reaction.  
  • High risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.