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Rosemary

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

Description

Rosemary has many uses in addition to being used as a spice. Herbalists believe that it may stimulate the circulatory and nervous systems and serve as an antidepressant. Rosemary leaves also relax the digestive tract. In addition they are used to treat muscle pain. 

Rosemary is antibacterial and antifungal and herbalists recommend that the leaves be used externally for skin infections. 

Rosemary is also prescribed as a gargle for bad breath. 

How It May Benefit You

Take internally for: 

  • indigestion

  • upper-respiratory infections

  • tension

  • muscle pain

  • sprains

  • rheumatism

  • neuralgia. 

Apply externally for: 

  • skin infections. 

  • tension - always avoid the eye area.

  • rosemary leaves in bath can be relaxing 

  • diluted rosemary oil has been though to stimulate hair growth

Caution

Rosemary oil for internal use may cause mild stomach, kidney, and intestinal irritation, even in small doses. Rosemary oil, taken internally in large amounts, can be poisonous. Always keep to the prescribed dosage. Never consume fresh rosemary leaves in excess. Never consume the rosemary which is specifically for external use.

Pregnant women should avoid rosemary.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Rosemary is available as dried bulk, in tincture, and as two types of oil, one for internal use and the other for external application.