Rosemary: what it is for and how to use

As it contains digestive, diuretic and antidepressant properties, rosemary serves to aid in the digestion of food and in the treatment of headache, depression and anxiety.

Its scientific name is Rosmarinus officinalis and can be purchased in supermarkets, health food stores, handling pharmacies and in some open markets. 

Rosemary can be used to:

1. Improve the nervous system

Rosemary improves the nervous system and brings benefits such as improving memory, concentration and reasoning, and helping to prevent and treat problems such as depression and anxiety.

This herb also helps to reduce the memory loss that occurs naturally in the elderly, and can also be used in the form of aromatherapy for this purpose.

2. Improve digestion

Rosemary improves digestion and has properties that reduce gas production and alleviate problems such as heartburn, diarrhea and constipation.

In addition, because it also has antibacterial properties, rosemary also helps in the treatment of gastritis caused by the bacteria H. pylori .

3. Act as an antioxidant

Rosemary is rich in antioxidant acids such as rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, carnosic acid, which helps to improve the immune system, prevent infections and improve skin health.

In addition, antioxidants also prevent harmful changes in cells, such as those that trigger problems like cancer.

4. Relieve stress and anxiety

Rosemary is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety along with lavender oil, as it helps to lower blood pressure and control heart rate, helping to bring a sense of tranquility. Here’s how to do aromatherapy for anxiety .

5. Relieve arthritis pain

Rosemary has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, helping to relieve pain from problems such as arthritis, headache, gout, toothache and skin problems.

How to use Rosemary

The used parts of rosemary are its leaves, which can be used to season food and flowers to make tea and baths.

  • Rosemary tea for digestive problems and inflammation of the throat: put 4 g of leaves in a cup of boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink 3 cups a day, after meals;
  • Rosemary bath for rheumatism: put 50 g of rosemary in 1 liter of boiling water, cover, let stand for 30 minutes and strain. Then use this water during the bath.
  • Rosemary essential  oil : the oil can be used in aromatherapy treatments, massages or bath with rosemary.

In addition, rosemary can also be used in the preparation of meats or baked potatoes, for example.

Rosemary side effects and contraindications

Excessive consumption of rosemary, especially in the form of concentrated oil, can cause problems such as nausea, vomiting, kidney irritation, bleeding in the uterus, redness of the skin, increased sensitivity to the sun and allergic reactions.

In addition, its use as a medicine is contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women, for people with a history of seizures and with difficulties in clotting the blood or who use medicines such as aspirin.

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