Parts used medicinally: Leaves
This popular culinary herb has many wonderful uses. It helps to increase circulation around the body, especially to the tiny blood vessels, like those in the brain. For this reason, rosemary is used to help increase blood flow to the brain and help provide better concentration and memory. It is also used to improve digestive and liver function as well as for low mood and anxiety.
What is Rosemary?
One of our most famous Mediterranean herbs, Rosemary is a member of the mint family. It has a long tradition of being used as a kitchen herb, most often paired with lamb dishes.
Rosemary has an invigorating, aromatic warming scent that has been used for centuries to uplift the mood and bring its distinctive flavour to cooking.
Rosemary has become a favourite ingredient of mixologists who often pair it with gin and use a rosemary wand to stir. If you're looking for something non-alcoholic, adding a pinch of fresh rosemary to your favourite herbal infusion will help perk you up from a mid-afternoon slump. Try it with other aromatics and citrus flavours.
Did You Know?
- Rosemary is a symbol of remembrance and has long been used as a brain tonic to improve mood and memory.
- Greek scholars wore garlands of rosemary to sharpen their wits.
- The aroma is created by the essential oil found underneath the leaf. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
- Rosemary is often used in balms and massages to heat up cold, achy joints.
Rosemary & Me
- Rosemary tastes warming and helps to improve circulation throughout the body.
- A study showed that rosemary can significantly benefit cognitive performance including in the elderly.
- The rosemarinic acid is antibacterial and a potent antioxidant.
- Rosemary can be added to infusions to give a warming aromatic effect. Support your digestion, circulation, mental clarity - and give your mood a boost!
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies.