By Ginger Hultin, MS RDN CSO You’ve likely noticed the herb rosemary being used in creative culinary ways from infused cocktails to ice cream flavors recently but did you know that it also has some healing properties in addition to being fragrant and delicious? A perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean, rosemary is related to mint and is used as a spice in leaf or oil form. You may even have it growing in your yard this summer as it is easy to cultivate, hearty, and sometimes even used in decoration or as a yard hedge. In manufacturing, rosemary is used for its fragrant scent in soap, perfume, and candles. Rosemary is common and versatile in the kitchen or garden but it has also been used since ancient times to heal the body.
Medicinally, rosemary has been used for:
Stomach troubles like indigestion, flatulence, and loss of appetite
Increasing menstrual flow
Cardiovascular conditions such as high or low blood pressure
Improving attention, energy and fatigue
Topically for sun protection and as an insect repellent
It is also used as a fragrance with calming affects. Studies have been done on both graduate students taking a test as well as adults in a timed crossword puzzle competition and how rosemary may help them. Perceived …read more