All About Rosemary
Rosemary is an aromatic herb that has been used for centuries in cooking and natural medicine. It has much research to back up its folkloric claims with antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, spasmolytic, wound healing, pesticidal, anti-diabetic, anti-depressive, stimulating and anxiolytic actions. It is a health tonic for the respiratory, cardiac, nervous, and digestive systems and also has research demonstrating capabilities as an immune stimulant, to reduce allergies, for weight control, to improve bone density, potentially cancer reducing, for alopecia, and more.
Over 160 research articles have been catalogued on rosemary. Many studies have reviewed the in vitro antimicrobial actions of the herb and its extract/oil. More studies specifically looked at antiseptic and preservative qualities. Its aroma has demonstrated stimulating and antidepressing benefits than may also help improve cognitive abilities. It has also been analyzed in its actions against cancer cells, as a pesticidal, and for skin and wound healing. Further, the plant may also helps with blood sugar levels, cardiac health, and reduced pain and spasms.
Rosemary Herb and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Other Common Names
- Compassweed, oldman, rusmari, polar plant
Rosemary is a short, aromatic evergreen shrub with small, flat, spike shaped leaves and small flowers.
Leaves are prepared fresh or dried. For making a tea, steep 1 Tbsp of dried herb, or 2 Tbsp of fresh herb in 2 cups of boiled water for five minutes. Strain and drink.
Essential Oil Description
Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems. It is colorless to pale yellow with a slightly oily texture and a woody, fresh, and camphorous aroma.
- 1,8-cineole / Cineole / Eucalyptol / Cajeputol
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- Myrcene / Beta Myrcene
- Borneol / Delta Borneol / Bornyl Acetate
- d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene
- Linalool / Beta Linalool / Linalyl Alcohol / Linalyl Oxide
- Carnosic Acid
- Rosmarinic Acid
- Ursolic Acid
- *Essential oil does not contain the heavier constituents.