Featured Herb - ROSEMARY

Overview: Herb - Physical & Mental stimulant, muscular conditions, antiseptic, sprains, arthritis rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, flue, diabetes, hair care, Antiseptic Stimulating, Tonin

Botanical Name:          Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary leaves contain certain phyto-chemical (plant derived) compounds that are known to  have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

The herb parts, especially flower tops contain phenolic anti-oxidant rosmarinic acid as well as numerous health benefiting volatile essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, α-pinene, etc. These compounds are known to have rubefacient (counterirritant), anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.

Physiological Properties: Calmative (wind, digestion); Expectorant; Antibacterial;                                         Anticatarrhal;  Antifungal; Antirheumatic; Antispasmodic;                                             Analgesic; Antiseptic; Cholagogue; Diuretic; Emmenagogue;                                      Hypertensive; Rubefacient; Stimulant; Neurotonic;                                                     General tonic.


Physiological Indications:  Arteriosclerosis; Muscular aches and pains;                                                         Osteoarthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis; Sprains and strains;                                             Spondylitis; Acne; Hair loss; Heart disease; Hypotension;                                             Poor circulation; Chronic bronchitis; Colds; Pharyngitis; Gall                                         stones; Gout; Liver problems; Lymphatic congestion;                                                 Alzheimer's


Psychological Properties: Stimulant. Magic - Protection against evil spirits.


Psychological Indications: One of the most stimulating oils. Useful for mental                                                 fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, poor memory.  Probably                                         triggers noradrenaline release.  Apathy, confusion, desire                                             to escape.


Safety Factor:              C. Do not use in pregnancy or while breast-feeding or on                                             children under 2 years old. Avoid using on individuals with                                         epilepsy or fever. Do not use at more than 2% dilution. Slight                                      risk of irritation (cineol/camphor) so should be used with care                                       in sensitive skins and mucous membrane (don't gargle with it)


Organs/Meridians:       Brain; Heart; Kidneys; Liver; Gall bladder; Spleen; Lungs.


Charkas:                       Blue for breathing problems and Violet for brain


Five Element:                Fire - warm and dry


Yin/Yang:                      Predominantly Yang


This plant was thought to bring good luck and to impart protection against magic and witchcraft. This would have mirrored the power it was accorded as a medicinal, with the strength to both safeguard against the plague and to re-invigorate health. Excellent tonic for the body's YANG energy, able in addition to promote the circulation of both Qi energy and blood. Rosemary oil strengthens the heartbeat and encourages the flow of arterial blood. It is of benefit for cardiac fatigue, palpitations, low blood pressure and cold hands and feet. As it increases blood supply to the brain, the oil can also be used for poor concentration and nervous debility and is therefore classified as a cephalic.


One of the best Antirheumatic oils. Indicated for joint pain/cold/cramping nature.


Additional Health information:

  • The herb is exceptionally rich in many B-complex groups of vitamin, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin. It containd high levels of folates. Folates are important in DNA synthesis.

  • Rosemary herb contains very good amounts of vitamin A. A few leaves a day in the diet is all that is needed. Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A is known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

  • Fresh rosemary leaves are a good source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin-C. This  vitamin is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and help scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

  • Rosemary herb parts, whether fresh or dried, are rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

  • This herb is an excellent source of iron. Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

 The information on this page is not intended to replace a qualified medical diagnosis.

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