Rosemary Plant

Even back in Shakespeare's day it was known that the strong-fragranced rosemary plant contains memory-enhancing properties. “And here’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance…” states Ophelia in Hamlet. Modern chemical analysis has shown many chemicals in Rosemary are responsible for this positive function.

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, has similar benefits as Oregano, since it too belongs to the Mint family. It may be used to ward off the flu and cold, to aid with allergies and fatigue, depression and for sharpening mental ability.

How to use rosemary

Given its strong effects, take only for three weeks, then stop taking for two weeks. For using, chop up the leaves and place in a salad or in soups or use the leaves in teas, infusions and to make tinctures or glycerines.

Rosemary tea can be used to ease headaches, anxiety and tension and sleep problems. It is said to improve memory and concentration. Rosemary tea can also be drunk to relive the symptoms of colds and flu. Rosemary oil is useful for soothing aches in joints and muscles. Cooled rosemary tea can be used as an antiseptic wash.

You should be aware that Rosemary contains phytochemicals that promote bleeding, therefore it is NOT to be taken if you are pregnant, trying to be, or lactating. Being an emmanagogue, it helps to bring on delayed menstruation.

Rosemary is an herb from the Mint family and will affect the thyroid in a negative way if used a lot by people who suffer from any thyroid problem.

Growing rosemary

Rosemary plants can be grown from seed in Spring, but grow more quickly from cuttings or layering stems in Spring and Autumn. It’s a hardy herb that survives well in dry, sunny conditions and grows into a large bush or prostrate plant. Soil should be well-drained. Rosemary can be used to repels snails, slugs and mosquitoes, and is a good companion plant for sage.

Safe use of herbs

We do not diagnose or prescribe, and we strongly urge you to see your healthcare professional if you are suffering from any condition or chronic illness. Herbs can be dangerous if not identified or used correctly. Herbs do not replace advice or treatment from your healthcare professional. Please read this important caution regarding the safe use of herbs.

Rosemary’s phytochemicals and phytochemical properties are selectively cited by the author from the Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases,, Jim Duke and Mary Jo Bogenschutz.

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