Rosemary is used as a staple ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine and also revered for its ability to improve memory, for centuries. In Ancient Greece, it is said, students tucked sprigs of rosemary into their hair when studying to improve their brain function and recall. Since then, this spiky-leaved, aromatic herb has also been used medicinally to relieve muscle pain and spasms, stimulate hair growth and support the circulatory and nervous systems. And it continues to be used to flavour dishes around the world.
Leaves and twigs.
Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid and other antioxidants that fight free radicals, which can damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA and even cause cell death. The herb also contains vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin B6, vitamin C and folate, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
In Europe, rosemary leaf is approved by the German Commission E to treat dyspepsia and painful indigestion. Elsewhere, it is also recommended for its ability to enhance the manufacture of detoxifying enzymes in the liver, thereby increasing levels of energy in human beings – which is probably the reason it’s believed that a mug of rosemary tea will help you recover from a hangover. A single study has revealed that taking rosemary daily in the long term helps to prevent thrombosis. In another study at Rutgers University in the USA, rosemary has been shown to be a strong inhibitor in the development and growth of cancerous tumours.
- Helps ease pain, such as headache.
- Helps to relax muscles.
- Helps to relieve menstrual cramps.
- Helps to prevent the development of cancerous tumours.
- Soothes upset digestion.
- Increases energy levels.
- Helps blood circulation.
- Its diuretic properties improve kidney function and prevent water retention.
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Domestic & culinary uses
Rosemary is an extremely versatile and safe herb in everyday cuisine. Use it to flavour bread dough, poultry and other meat dishes and vegetables. Try this terrific recipe for roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic.
Indigenous to the Mediterranean area, rosemary is an evergreen shrub with aromatic, spiky leaves and small, pale blue flowers. It is now grown widely around the world and thrives in a warm and sunny climate. It is easy to grow, drought-resistant and can be planted in a tub or as a hedge in light, sandy soil and a sunny position.