This post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
Rosemary has always struck me as a plant with power. Each time I find myself faced with its wild branches, I can’t help but run my fingers through for a quick hit of its invigoratingly beautiful scent. In just one whiff you can tell that this plant is special.
By no means am I the first to have discovered it. Growing as a wild bush, the herb originated in the Mediterranean, and has been used for medicinal benefits since ancient times. Aromatherapy and homeopathic practitioners have been experimenting with the herb for hundreds of years. Even today, modern medicine is beginning to take note, building out studies that test the uses of rosemary on cognitive function and beyond. All who have worked with the herb will agree, it should be integrated into our lives as much as possible.
Dietary: Rosemary can be added into many dishes for flavor. It’s a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Many people consume it orally to help with digestive issues as well. It has been shown to sooth heart burn, liver and gallbladder pains. When cooking with rosemary, always use the fresh or dried herb. Rosemary essential oil should not be digested unless diluted.
Oratory: We all know that it’s pleasant to get a whiff of rosemary, but what you might not know is that by doing so, you’re actually doing your brain good. The scent has been shown to improve cognitive accuracy, and to make our thoughts more efficient. Frequent sniffs of rosemary have also been shown to improve memory. Today there are many experiments with Alzheimer patients that show this to be scientifically true! Not to mention, the smell of rosemary is extremely uplifting and soothing to the psyche.
Topical: holistic healers will use rosemary in massage to sooth sore muscles and improve circulation. It is also a great healer when applied to wounds and burns.
Dietary: Rosemary works best in long cooked dishes where it has time to integrate with the food. Simmer rosemary in a tomato sauce or add it to a soup. You can also throw together a rosemary infused salt, and toss it into any dish. Try it on a salad with extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Oratory: Add rosemary oil to your bath with an herbal bath tea or combine it with basil & juniper in a diffuser to improve brain function. I personally also love purchasing products like soap made with rosemary essential oil.
Topical: Combine rosemary oil with a carrier such as jojoba or almond oil, and apply directly to the skin. Massage anywhere that there is tension or soreness, or rub it all over the body to improve circulation. For dry scalp or dandruff, try rosemary shampoo!
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