Rosemary is an herb native to the Mediterranean but is common in many parts of the world.
It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.
Often used for culinary purposes, it also used a lot for aromatherapy and medicinal uses.
Here are some of its benefits.
1. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
Rosemary contains compounds that may have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of rosemary is largely attributed to its polyphenolic compounds like rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid.
The compounds in rosemary tea may also have antimicrobial properties, which may help fight infections.
2. Improves memory and mood
A study found that the aroma from rosemary can improve a person’s concentration, performance, speed, and accuracy and, to a lesser extent, their mood.
3.Reduces (Menstrual) Pain
Rosemary is helpful in reducing the pain of dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). Research shows it’s also likely safe to use alongside pharmaceutical pain medications.
4. Treats digestive problems
Rosemary is often used for stomach problems like gas and indigestion while also promoting a healthy balance of gut bacteria and reducing inflammation.
5.Prevents growth of cancer cells
A number of studies suggest that rosemary extract may prevent cancer cells from replicating, thereby stopping tumors from growing. One study found that rosemary (alone, and with curcumin) helped prevent breast cancer.
6. Promotes hair growth
Previous research showed that applying a combination of rosemary oil, lavender, thyme, and cedarwood oil to the scalp can help improve hair growth and prevent baldness.
7. Relieves arthritis
According to the University of Pennsylvania, oils containing rosemary have been used to relieve muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis and also improve circulation. Some early research shows that taking a product containing rosemary, hops, and oleanolic acid can reduce pain associated with arthritis.
8. Protects the skin
The nutrients in rosemary help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals.
9. Supports brain health
Some test-tube and animal studies have found that compounds in rosemary may protect the health of your brain by preventing the death of brain cells.
It suggests that rosemary may even support recovery from conditions that can lead to brain damage, such as a stroke