Rosemary is a well-known culinary herb that’s dried leaves are commonly used for seasoning – adding flavor to soups, stews, meats, and fish. Most good cooks have this herb in their kitchen cabinets and use it quite often. Herbs are nature’s way of giving us unique flavoring to our food and have a special place in our kitchen to enhance our own favorite recipes and to give our foods that unique delicious taste. Rosemary is one of Nature’s natural healers.
But more importantly, they can be a great benefit to your health because they contain potent substances that give them their special abilities to help heal and keep our bodies healthy.
Facts and history:
Rosemary is a perennial, woody plant that belongs to the Laminaceae family. This Mediterranean shrub with a pleasant flavor is ramified and displays small, needle-shaped evergreen leafs, with flowers of various colors (from white, pink, red, to purple and blue). It has a medium height of 20-50 cm and can reach 150 cm in conditions of optimal heat and humidity.
In Ancient Greece, people burned rosemary branches on the altars of the gods, considering it a sacred herb. However, the Greeks were not the only ones; the plant was also sacred for the Romans and Egyptians.
The custom of burning rosemary branches has become a practice in hospitals in France – where it has been maintained until the 20th century – and was used for cleaning the air.
Rosemary is one of God’s natural healing gifts that he put on this earth for us to use. We just need to learn how to use it’s amazing healing properties!
Did you know that it’s well-known for its great aroma? In aromatherapy it is appreciated for bringing youth, protection, love, optimism, vitality health and a restful sleep?
When applied to the skin, rosemary essential oil helps strengthen the capillaries, has a rejuvenating effect and is a common ingredient in many cosmetics such as skin toners, creams, soaps, and hair products. It also has a long history of medicinal uses and can be used to treat a range of ailments, such as upset stomach, digestive disorders, and headaches.
Recent research has now revealed even more benefits attached to this remarkable herb, including its ability to help prevent cancer and age-related skin damage, boost the functioning of the liver and act as a mild diuretic to help reduce swelling.
There are two main ingredients that give this herb its therapeutic abilities:
- Caffeic acid
- Rosemarinic acid
What do these ingredients do?
- These are natural potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. These two natural acids reduce inflammation that can contribute to it abilities to help with asthma, liver disease and heart disease. It also has is a rich source of Vitamin E, another potent antioxidant that contributes to free radical fighting powers.
- Rosemary is proving to be an important defense against cancerand scientists from the department of Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis, Cancer Research Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences, in the Slovak Republic, have found that rosemary extract can significantly help to protect DNA against free radical damage. By blocking estrogen, rosemary helps prevent breast cancer.
- Another benefit rosemary extract has been shown to possess is an ability to inactivate toxins and then eliminate and flush them from your liver, before they can inflict any serious damage. Rosemary actually stimulates your liver to work more efficiently, which helps you feel healthier and energetic.
- Rosemary also has therapeutic properties as a mild diuretic and helps to combat the effects of water retention. It is effective in reducing swollen ankles and bloating, according to Dr. M. Halaoui from the department of Biology, University of Fez in Morocco, who has studied the effects of rosemary extract’s diuretic actions on the kidney.
- Rosemary has been used for a long time to treat asthma and allergies. It contains 19 chemicals with antibacterial action and a number of volatile oils which reduce the airway constriction induced by histamine, which is the chemical culprit of asthma and other allergy symptoms.
- Rosemary is also thought to stimulate our adrenal glands to provide energy while lifting moods and relieving stress. Rosemary relieves stress levels while giving us the energy and clear head to handle all life’s problems and our hectic lifestyle.
- Rosemary helps prevent brain aging and is thought to improve memory as it keeps your brain youthful and sharp.
Rosemary is truly one of Nature’s miracle healing agents that could enhance your life and give you a sense of well-being.
Marla Gates is the owner of organic4greenlivings.com. Marla worked for over 10 years in healthcare, which helped her understand the dramatic need for changes in our society and how we view what healthy actually is. Her mission is education and awareness, so that people can make healthier choices and ensure a safe world for all of us to live in. Since she has suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), for 20 years or more it has given her the first-hand knowledge on what chemicals and pollution can do to your health. So come join her, read her blog and learn how to live healthy and green.