Rosemary is often used to soothe nervous tension, relieve low moods and support healthy digestion. It may be most prized for stimulating the circulation of blood throughout the body, in particular to the brain, which is how it gets the reputation for enhancing memory and overall cognitive function. Let’s face it, mamas, we need this in our lives! Every. Single. Day.
- Enhances Mental Function
- Supports Healthy Digestion
- Soothes Physical Irritation
- Supports Circulation
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), is a small, perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean region. Its long-standing history in many herbal traditions around the world has helped Rosemary earn its place as a powerful staple remedy with a wide variety of uses. Before the modern practices of disinfecting took hold in hospitals, rosemary was used to wash surgical instruments. It was also used as antiseptic washes in labor and delivery rooms and was burned to cleanse the air in sick wards. Rosemary plays an important part in many ceremonies and celebrations as it is believed that the herb brings luck, love, and joy to all who embrace this powerful plant ally.
Known to Support Healthy Brain Function and Memory
Many have heard the saying, “Rosemary for remembrance.” One of the most noted uses of rosemary in botanical texts to support cognitive function. Much of this effect comes from the herb’s reputation for stimulating the circulation of blood to the brain. Research has shown that low-to-moderate doses of rosemary can have positive effects on memory. Other research theorizes that rosemary can stimulate cognitive function as a result of its antioxidant effects on the body. Additionally, rosemary is noted for its ability to relax tension, calm anxious feelings, and brighten mood during low times.
Reported to Fight Infection
Rosemary’s antiseptic properties give the herb an important role to play in assisting the body with a wide variety of infections. This makes rosemary a noteworthy herb in the treatment of viral infections, like colds and cases of flu. The warming quality of this herb can support the healing effects of fever during the early stages when the body feels cold and shivery. Additionally, rosemary is often included in formulas created for soothing the respiratory system. Its stimulating and drying effects could make it a useful remedy when treating congestion in the upper and lower respiratory system.
Could Enhance Digestive Strength
Rosemary could also be a useful remedy for treating digestive issues such as gas, bloating, cramping, and other symptoms that may stem from imbalances or ailments in the gut. It is thought that Rosemary works to clear congestion and stagnation in the digestive tract while supporting overall healthy digestion and liver function.
May Soothe Physical Discomfort
Rosemary may be helpful in relieving a variety of physical discomforts. It’s reputation for stimulating the circulatory system, could bring fresh blood and warmth to muscles and extremities. This warming circulation may help to alleviate a large number of ailments and has placed rosemary at the center of many formulas used to soothe the muscles and joints. The stimulating effects of rosemary have even been used (internally and topically) to stimulate hair growth in men and women.