Rosemary has been used by cooks and apothecaries since ancient times to enhance the flavours of everyday food and set tastes buds alight. Also known as ‘Dew of the Sea’, (derived from Latin ros marinus) it has a reputation for strengthening memory. In times past, brides and grooms wore a sprig of Rosemary as an emblem of fidelity. It was once burned in sick rooms to purify the air. I read recently that in Mediterranean countries, fresh linen was dried on a bed of rosemary to help repel moths. Oh happy days, don’t tell anyone but I have mothophobia, scurred to death of moths (yes that’s a real word) and so I will be making some rosemary water and spritzing my bed sheets every night!
So let’s get to the 7 amazing skin and health benefits of this wonderful herb.
- It is high in antioxidants and is known to increase the skin’s elasticity and reduce age spots.
- Rosemary contains essential oils and compounds such as phenolic acids which are known to protect cells from oxidative stress. They also have anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Skin types that benefit from rosemary are – oily, acne prone, mature and sun-damaged. (source)
- It also promotes hair growth and is known to leave your locks looking glossy.
- This wonder herb is rich in B-complex vitamins such as folate and riboflavin. And Vitamins A, C and E.
- Add to the list minerals and nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.
- Has a relaxing effect on the respiratory and digestive system.
- Medical studies have also shown that Rosemary stimulates the memory. and is also mood enhancing thus helps to relieve stress.(source)
- A couple of sprigs of Rosemary
- Container with a spritzer
Put your rosemary in a pot. Add water. Bring to the Boil. Leave to Cool. Strain the liquid into your container. Store in a cool place. Easy peasy!
Rosemary is a potent and powerful herb and makes for a delicious cuppa. However, if you are preggers then it is best to avoid.
To kickstart your immune system and help you put a pep in your step, make a cup of this gorge tea.
- A sprig of Rosemary
- 2 teaspoons of honey.
- Squeeze of Lemon
- Tear up about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves.
- Juice a lemon.
- Add to a pot with about two cups of water.
- Bring to the boil, then allow it to rest and cool.
- Strain the tea and simply add honey to sweeten.
Live strong, be confident and happy!
**NB**If you are pregnant avoid Rosemary tea. As always, herbs and spices can be potent healers. Use in moderation. Consult your doctor if you are on blood pressure meds or blood thinners. Otherwise enjoy.
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