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Health Benefits of the Herb Rosemary: How to Make Your own Home Remedies Using Rosemary

Updated on November 27, 2017

Rosemary - a natural remedy

Rosemary in full bloom
Rosemary in full bloom | Source

Rosemary Herbal Remedies

Rosemary growing wild in Spain
Rosemary growing wild in Spain | Source

The herb Rosemary for better health

Rosemary has been used since ancient time to treat a variety of ailments and medical conditions.

Just like many other herbs Rosemary grows well in poor soil or on waste land.
It has long ago spread from domestic gardens, and is now a very common feature in the country side.

You will see Rosemary grown as hedging as it is very easy to look after, however it can also be grown in pots.

There are quite a few different varieties of Rosemary but the blue flowering bush is still the most common, but the creeping ground covering Rosemary which is excellent for dry ground and holding on to top soil.

As a herb Rosemary has many different use,s and it is amongst other things excellent for improving blood circulation and as memory enhancer.

In recent years a lot of exciting research has taken place into Rosemary, and scientist at Northcumbria University in the UK has come of with some really exciting results.

They asked 20 volunteers to breathe in various amounts of Rosemary. They measured the amount of Rosemary essential oil found in the volunteers' blood after they had inhaled the oil. They proved that the volunteers' with the highest levels had become more positive, relaxed and also alert. The result have been shown to be significant.

It has long been thought that Rosemary may prevent the breakdown of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which is important in learning, memory and a clear thought process. This is great news for sufferers of dementia like illnesses and people combating memory loss.

A word of warning be careful with Rosemary if you suffer epilepsy as it could trigger an attack, also do not use if your pregnant.

A blocked nose and Rosemary

When I have a cold and try to deal with nasal congestion, Rosemary is my first port of call.
It is so easy to use and the results are quick and they do last. Also there is no drowsiness afterwards , you feel more clear headed and awake.

A homemade Rosemary remedy

  • Pick a large handful of leaves and flowers if the plant is blooming, and put them in the bottom of a large glass bowl.
  • Rub the leaves and flowers in between your hands quickly, you will feel a bit sticky from the essential Rosemary oil being released.

  • Pour hot boiling water over the leaves and flowers, and leave for a few minutes. Go and get yourself a nice big towel and put this over your head.
  • Lean over and just allow yourself to inhale the wonderful aroma, and after a few minutes you should be feeling better. If you are very congested keep a box of tissues handy as this treatment can cause a runny nose when the Rosemary vapors clear the congestion.

This is also an excellent cure for increasing circulation in your facial tissue, and can be used as a mini spa treatment for the skin on your face and neck.

Rosemary and feet

Let's be honest about, we all suffer problems with our feet sometimes. Walking around in heels all day is not great news for the skin of the feet, nor the circulation.

This is a wonderful treatment if you suffer Arthritis in your feet or ankles. Rosemary is great for increasing the blood circulation in your feet, and at the same time it helps to soften the skin.

And once again it does not need to be complicated.

Easy rosemary foot care treatment

Heat your foot spa up so that is comfortably warm, and add freshly crushed Rosemary leaves.
( Don't use the flowers as they will color your foot spa blue). Let the leaves to soak in the warm water for a few minutes and slip in your feet. It is wonderful.

You will feel your feet come back to life and a gentle heat travel up the ankles towards the leg.

This used to be an "old wife's" remedy for poor circulation, and yes, it is still better than any other foot spa treatment that I know.

Try to leave your feet in for about ten minutes. After you have dried your feet off , consider using a Rosemary foot cream. Put on some nice warm socks, and the warm sensation will last longer.

Internal use of Rosemary

The herb Rosemary has long been used to treat stomach complaints feeling bilious, problems with flatulence, gastric reflux, control of gastric juices and also to stimulate appetite.

It is also a great support treatment for rheumatism, as well as circulatory problems as it stimulates and improves blood flow especially to the lower body parts, such as legs and feet.
Commonly it has also been used to treat headaches as well as nervous complaints. As rosemary increases blood flow, it may help to reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol we have in our bodies.

There are many effective treatments but one of the most successful is tea made from Rosemary, however there are now many other excellent Rosemary products available, such as capsules which are especially effective when used to improve circulation.

The herb Rosemary is often used in Mediterranean style cooking and both fresh and dried leaves are used to flavor meats such as chicken and lamb. In the winter time this popular herb is often added to sausages, soups, stews and various stuffing.

The blue flowers can be sprinkled on salads. The herb Rosemary and olive oil make a nice salad dressing or cooking oil, and is often used on roasted potatoes around the Mediterranean.

The herb Rosemary - external uses

Rosemary has long been added to hair care products such as shampoos as it it believed it has the ability to encourage hair follicle activity and could perhaps even prevent baldness. It has been found to be a good complimentary treatment of scalp skin conditions such as dandruff and scalp based irritations.

Rosemary has two outstanding qualities - it is an excellent antiseptic and often used in wound care, and it has a stimulating effect on the skin encouraging better cell growth.

A lot of research is also currently taking place investigating its role in natural anti-aging treatments, and rosemary, could in the future be a common ingredient in natural skin care.
It is also anti-fungal and can be safely used as a treatment for Athlete's foot. Rosemary is also believed to have anti-parasitic properties.

There are now also mouthwashes available containing Rosemary, taking advantage of this herb anti-septic qualities, along with its ability to stimulate circulation which is an important factor in treating gum disease.

Rosemary essential oil

Essential oil of Rosemary is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils and is used to clear congestion including chest complaints, sinus problems and catarrh. It has long been thought inhaling the vapor of Rosemary is a good and safe treatment for asthma. Rosemary also clears mucus and open ups the airways.

Using Rosemary essential oil in an aromatherapy massage aids problems with the gall bladder, and is though to normalize high blood sugar levels. Many experienced practitioners of aromatherapy use Rosemary as a standard treatments for rheumatism and arthritis. It is absolutely second to none for easing the pain of sore neck muscles.

If you suffer from water retention or tired legs try adding rosemary essential to your body lotion for a remedy against the pain , but it also improves the circulation and helps the lymphatic system to clear and remove toxins.

Rubbing rosemary oil on the templates will help memory and stimulate the mind. Great oil to use when studying for an exam or finishing off your degree course. One day I am sure this herb will be even more appreciated, and we will learn more about its components.

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Rosemary and dementia

Dementia can cause so much personal tragedy, and we still have a lot to learn about dementia. Recent scientific progress has shown that the neurotransmitter acetylcholine plays a vital part, and in cases of dementia it is broken. Interestingly enough rosemary seems to be able to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine.
Scientists are now hopeful that rosemary can be used to prevent, or even stop, the breakdown of acetylcholine. They are currently searching for the link, but early indications are good.

And the final word on rosemary goes to Shakespeare

In the play Hamlet Ophelia delivers the following line to Hamlet

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember.”


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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. I agree, rosemary is a great herb! I was glad to see you put the "cautions" in the article. Rosemary is great for so many things! Voted up