benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is an aromatic herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae, like oregano, thyme, lavender and basil. It is used for cooking and to make perfumes. This is used as an herb for medicinal purposes. Rosmarinus officinalis, adds good taste and flavor to the food. They give wonderful taste when added to soup, roasts, sauce, stews and more.

Rosemary was traditionally used since olden times to improve memory. It reduces muscle pain and inflammation, boosts immunity, increases hair growth, prevents infections and regulates blood circulation.

Rosemary is a good source of Dietary fiber, good fat, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Manganese, Iron, calcium and magnesium.

Rosemary is available in the form of fresh leaves and dried leaves. You can use both fresh leaves and dried leaves for medicinal and culinary purposes.

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Health benefits of Rosemary

Memory booster

Rosemary has been traditionally used to improve memory and acts as a cognitive stimulant. It helps to increase focus and improve intelligence. People who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, can include rosemary in their diet to find a cure. It works effectively specially on older people to improve cognitive ability.

Immunity booster

Rosemary has many properties such as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. These properties make rosemary an effective tool to fight free radicals and boost the immunity by fighting off bacteria and pathogens that can damage the immunity system. The acids present in rosemary – rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, betulic acid, and carnosol, works like a protective layer.

Regulates blood flow

Rosemary can regulate the blood flow and ensure that blood circulation is smooth all over the over. This ensures good blood flow to all body parts. It helps to carry nutrients in blood that could easily be absorbed by our body. Rosemary stimulates the formation of new red blood cells and improves the metabolism.

Improves digestion

Rosemary has been traditionally used for digestion issues. It can improve the gastrointestinal health and reduce inflammation in the intestines if any. This herb is used to treat indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, bloating, cramps and gas. Regular consumption of this herb can improve healthy bowel movements.


Effective anti-bacterial agent

Rosemary is a strong herb that is used to eliminate, treat bacterial infections, especially in stomach. H.Pylori is a type of bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, which is very painful and causes irritation. Consuming Rosemary on a regular basis can reduce the growth of this bacteria and prevents further infections.

Relieves pain

The anti-oxidants present in rosemary function as an effective anti-inflammatory agent. They reduce the pain in joints, reduce the inflammation in muscles, treats arthritis and gout. They reduce the pressure on the blood vessels, reducing the blood pressure. It reduces the inflammation around heart and helps to reduce cardiovascular problems.

Rosemary is very effective when it comes to migraine treatment. It relaxes the tensed muscles reducing the pain. Regular inclusion of the herb in your diet can help you cure migraine and prevent from further increase in the symptoms.


This herb has the strength to flush out toxins from the system along with other excretion. It is said that, when rosemary is consumed regularly, it can flush out excess fat, excess salt from the body. The slight diuretic nature of this herb, helps to increase the amount of urine excreted.

Topical uses of rosemary oil

Rosemary oil has various topical applications.

To treat baldness

Application of rosemary oil on the bald spots can stimulate new hair growth. It is evem known to strengthen existing hair.

  • Apply few drops of rosemary oil on the spots where there is thinning of hair or no hair
  • Leave it overnight for better results
  • You can also mix rosemary oil along with any other oil. Coconut oil, almond oil or amla oil are suitable.

Oral health

Apply rosemary oil externally on your teeth or gums to cure ache. They clear the infection and protect from future infections.

  • Apply few drops of rosemary oil in the affected area on a regular basis to find relief

You can chew on fresh rosemary leaves to cure pain in the teeth or gums. Rosemary leaves can kill bacteria that cause bad breath.


As an insect repellent

The unique fragrance of the herb, helps you to keep all types of insects at bay. You can use it for babies to protect them from insect bites, especially mosquitoes. Apply the oil on the insect bites so that it heals.

This oil is typically applied topically on insect bitten spots to prevent from infection.

To treat eczema

Eczema is a skin condition in which the skin becomes rough, patchy, causes blisters, itching and bleeding from the patches.

Rosemary oil can applied on the affected area to find relief from itching or to reduce the infection. Continuous application can reduce the symptoms.

As a word of caution, Rosemary is safe herb for many. If you are allergic to herbs that belong to the mint family, you might find discomfort while using rosemary. But the side effects are very mild. Pregnant women should not consume high amounts of rosemary, as it might lead to miscarriage. If you want to consume rosemary as a supplement, make sure you consult a doctor. Though it is rare, high dosage might lead to symptoms like vomiting, spasms, coma or pulmonary edema.


Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.