Rosemary isn’t just for seasoning lamb anymore. This widely studied herb features an active ingredient called carnosic acid, which has been shown in scientific studies to have serious protective effects in the brain. A recent study published in Journal of Neurochemistry shows it protects brain cells from free radicals and may be used to treat neuro- degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. Researchers believe ongoing studies could show the herb to be a powerful treatment in anti-aging because of its ability to prevent disease, slow aging, and support the nervous system.
Did You Know?
Rosemary has a long and illustrious history as a multipurpose culinary and medicinal herb. Part of the mint family (along with basil, oregano, and lavender), it’s been used for everything from gas relief and toothaches to baldness and memory loss. In the sixteenth century, doctors burnt rosemary in their sick rooms to disinfect the healing space and kill germs.
MEDICINAL: Stimulates brain activity; enhances memory; eases headaches, migraines, depression, inflammation, digestive issues, and poor circulation; supports cardiovascular issues like low blood pressure; treats joint pain and inflammation; boosts mood; wards off illness.
COSMETIC: Conditions hair and skin in bath oils and hair tonics.
- Apply as a tincture, salve, ointment, poultice, compress, or essential oil
- Drink as a tea
- Use as a cleaning product
It’s safe to use with no toxicity reports during its long history of medicinal and culinary applications.
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Locating & Growing
Rosemary is a somewhat high-maintenance plant. When it comes to water, not too much, not too little. When it comes to temperatures, not too hot, not too cold. In fact, it won’t survive a freeze. It’s often safest to keep the herb indoors in a brilliantly sunny spot with stable temperatures and soil dampness control.