Rosemary is a Mediterranean evergreen fragrant herb. It's generally used in food to add flavor; you must have come across rosemary pizza toppings or pasta rosemary as the herb is quite popularly used in Italian cuisine. However, what you may not know is that rosemary offers many health benefits. Some of these include:
1. Offers liver-protective qualities
Rosemary has been used in herbal medicine for its liver-protective qualities. The antioxidant properties in rosemary extracts also help to reduce liver cirrhosis.
2. Enhances memory and concentration
According to research, the scent of rosemary can enhance a person's concentration, memory, efficiency, speed, and mood. The study also suggests that consuming only 750 mg of powdered rosemary leaves in tomato juice increases memory speed in healthy older adults, although higher consumption can cause memory problems.
The rosemary can also be ingested into the bloodstream, increasing acetylcholine levels (a major neurotransmitter in the brain). It also includes a dozen substances that prevent acetylcholine release, a major neurotransmitter, which can help treat Alzheimer's disease.
3. Helps prevent cancer
According to a study published in Cancer Science, rosemary can be used in skin cancer therapies to prevent cancer cells from spreading. The researchers discovered that adding rosemary extract to the skin helps prevent skin tumor cells' development.
4. Reduces stress
Rosemary can also be used in aromatherapy to help with stress relief. Combining rosemary with other essential oils can help to lower cortisol levels and thus anxiety.
5. Boosts gastric health
Rosemary has been used for stomach and gastric problems for years as it helps preserve liver health by increasing bile production and shields it from damage. Digestion works even more efficiently when the liver is functioning well.
6. Prevents gum disease
An herbal mouthwash containing organic rosemary extract helps prevent gum bleeding and swelling in people with gum disease. It’s recommended to use it twice daily after meals for two weeks.
7. Prevent the aging of the brain
According to research, rosemary can assist in the prevention of brain aging. The therapeutic effect of rosemary in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease is promising.
8. Combats pain
Organic rosemary helps to relieve joint pain. Oils containing rosemary alleviate arthritis-related muscle and joint pain and improve circulation; a combination of rosemary oil and cold-pressed olive oil soothe aching muscles and joints. This combination also serves to increase blood supply to inflamed muscles. Rosemary, like its relative basil, inhibits NF-kappa B, a protein that stimulates inflammation when activated.