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The Healing Powers of Rosemary as an Herbal Remedy

Updated on November 23, 2016

Growing Rosemary

Rosemary Happiness

Isn’t it amazing the amount of natural healing nature provides us through herbs and other plants?

Take Rosemary, for example. Its therapeutic powers are vast, its smell divine, and, unlike some other helpful herbs, it tastes delicious!

Rosemary makes me happy, and I’m not alone: The herb can be very effective in bringing a feeling of well-being and increase in energy.

It is known as an antidepressant and a soothing tonic for the nerves, which makes it excellent for people who deal with anxiety, depression, and related conditions (such as migraines which are associated with nervousness and tension).

Using healing meditation in conjunction with Rosemary can amplify its effectiveness and bring a deep state of peace and harmony.

Rosemary is an excellent herb to have on hand at all times, and this isn’t too much of a challenge because it’s so easy to grow. If you live in more mild climates, you can get away with having a Rosemary plant (which will likely turn into a healthy bush) outside.

Alternatively you can plant it in a good sized pot and bring it indoors during the winter where it will continue to thrive. One of my friends has a Rosemary plant that he grows in a pot like this, and I love being in his house in the winter because every time I brush up against the plant I get the heavenly smell of Rosemary.

I take Rosemary essential oil with me when I travel, and use it frequently on the bottoms of my feet and other points of the body to support my immune system, and to put my body and emotions in a state of ease.

I also like to tuck little sprigs of Rosemary into my hair when I wear braids, just sticking the end into the elastic at the bottom of the braid. This is really one of my favorite things, because I get to smell the herb and benefit from it all day long.

Rosemary for Stress

The Medicinal Uses of Rosemary

Rosemary (Latin name: Rosmarinus Officinalis) is used in many different ways, both internally and externally on the body. It is the pine-like green leaves of the plant that are used.

Scientific research has been done and suggests that Rosemary’s seemingly infinite healing applications may be used for such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Circulatory Problems, Eczema, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Menstrual Cramps, and Yeast Infection.

In traditional herbal medicine Rosemary has been used to:

  • Improve memory
  • Stimulate the liver
  • Relieve symptoms of depression
  • Benefit the digestive tract  
  • Promote blood circulation
  • Relieve muscle and joint pain
  • Relieve headaches
  • Fight fevers
  • Relieve exhaustion

Caution and common sense should be used when working with herbs. As with all herbal medicine, it is a very good idea to consult with an herbalist or, at the very least, do a good bit of research before using herbs to treat yourself. I am not an herbalist, so please only use the information here as a guideline. It seems that Rosemary is a pretty safe herb, though the essential oil should not be ingested, and pregnant women, as well as women with heavy menstrual cycles, should avoid using it medicinally because it stimulates blood flow, though it is okay in small doses in food.

How to Cook with Rosemary

Some Culinary Uses for Rosemary

Really, the ideas for using Rosemary are only limited by your creativity, and this can always be expanded. Here are some ways I like to use Rosemary in food:

  • Chopped fresh in a salad with other fresh herbs like thyme, basil, and sage
  • Sprinkled on roasted veggies
  • On oven fries (big chunks of potatoes)
  • In any Italian dish (Rosemary is a must for tomato based pasta sauces)
  • In stir fries
  • In dressings and sauces
And, though I’m vegetarian so I don’t use it this way, Rosemary is also a great herb to rub into meats or add to meat dishes

My bright and beautiful friend, Denise.
My bright and beautiful friend, Denise.

The Energetic Properties of Rosemary

One of my friends, Denise Holden, is a Plant Intuitive. She works with the spirits of the plants, and really gets them on an energetic level.

Here’s what she has to say about Rosemary:

“Within the realm of Plant Spirit Healing, Rosemary's medicine is DNA remembrance and alignment, assisting us in remembering, and honoring the truth of who we are. This process of remembrance develops the true self.

"Rosemary helps us to shed our conditioned self, healing core patterns. Unhealthy core patterns often manifest in the physical as dis-ease.

"During a recent Herbal Diagnostics workshop I found myself honored to be surrounded by wise elder herbalists. My sense of self was exalted and humbled by the reflections of so many wisdom keepers. I was blessed to be inundated with plant medicine's and reached for Rosemary. Her medicine reminded me of who I am becoming, to be patient and gentle with myself in the process.” ~ Denise Holden

Reading Denise’s thoughts on Rosemary makes sense to me, as Rosemary always brings me an uplifted yet grounding sense of contentment.

Take a Deep Breath

That's me! Reminding you to sit brightly and take a deep breath. Rosemary is such a nice smell to breath in if you have some handy. Thanks for reading my hub!
That's me! Reminding you to sit brightly and take a deep breath. Rosemary is such a nice smell to breath in if you have some handy. Thanks for reading my hub!


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      Khris Myers 

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your write up, I was very blessed, as I am always. To have received a rosemary bush. Little did I kno the healing properties associated with it. Now it all makes sense why I have such a tremendous state of ease when I'm meditating near it this past winter. For I also brought mine inside during. This entity will bring great health and remeberance to my past life's that I have so eagerly been seeking on this wandering plane. Amazing how the universe brings you just what you ask and seek for!



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      6 years ago

      Thank you for the post! I really enjoyed it. I was guided to buy Rosemary from DoTerra oils. It has changed my life! I had pain in my wrist for almost a year and when I apply it reduces it by 90%. I've just started using in on my TMJ and internally. I love the clarity it brings.

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      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Natural Remedy,

      Thanks! I've been re-discovering rosemary in so many dishes this Summer. I love how fresh it is!

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      Natural Remedy 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Excellent hub. We always have Rosemary growing in the garden. I love the smell of it in the house too.

    • Katrina Ariel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada


      That shampoo sounds divine! Maybe you should make up a batch and send me a sample... :) Thanks very much for enjoying the hub and leaving a comment.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love rosemary - in fact many years ago I used to make an herbal shampoo with pure castile shavings and sage and nettle and rosemary was a key ingredient. And oh that lovely yet powerful rosemary aroma. It did me a world of good. It used to clear my head inside and out. Mmmmmm.

      Great hub on a great herb!

    • Katrina Ariel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Maita! Yes, I am doing yoga outside now, but this photo is from last summer in Ecuador! Beautiful country.

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      8 years ago from US

      hey beautiful it is spring and you can do yoga outside now, I like your form in the image, maita

    • Katrina Ariel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada


      Oh how nice! I'd love to hike trails surrounded by wild rosemary. That's such an excellent blessing. So happy for you!

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      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Katrina, I live near the mountains and often go hiking on trails that are crowded by wild rosemary. When I return all dirty and sweaty, I still smell great thanks to the numerous brushes with our friend rosemary. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Katrina Ariel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada


      Thanks for your kind comment. Yes, nature provides such gifts for us, it only makes sense for us to learn how to use that which is so abundant around us. :)

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      this is valuable information. God provide this plant for us. And wise person have to use it well. And it proof here. Good work, my friend.

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      8 years ago from US

      yes it is, and it is popualr as well, although we have lots in the Philippines as well, Thanks and keep on writing, Maita

    • Katrina Ariel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada


      Thanks! Great to hear that Rosemary is used all over.

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      8 years ago from US

      beautiful., I have heard about this before Katrina, Rosemary...I agree with Denise about this one, we used this one in Asia, Maita

    • Katrina Ariel profile imageAUTHOR

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada


      Thanks! I'm so glad you got something out of it.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Nice hub, I really enjoyed it.


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