ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a member of the mint family. The word “rosemary” comes from the Latin words ros (meaning “dew”) and marinus (meaning “sea”). Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb used in many culinary dishes and commonly used to flavor soups, sauces, breads and meats. In addition to being used for culinary purposes, it has also been used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments over the centuries.
Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen, needle-like leaves with white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. The flowers are small and pale blue. Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub with leaves similar to hemlock needles. It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia, but is reasonably hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. The upright forms of Rosemary can reach to be 5ft tall and rarely 7 in. The leaves are evergreen, (0.8–1.6 in) long. The plant flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates, but the plants can be in constant bloom in warm climates; flowers are white, pink, purple or deep blue. Rosemary also has a tendency to flower outside its normal flowering season; it has been known to flower as late as early December, and as early as mid-February (in the northern hemisphere). In some parts of the world, it is considered an invasive species.
FUN HISTORY FACT ABOUT ROSEMARY
The usage of rosemary dates back to 500 b.c. when it was used as a culinary and medicinal herb by the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is still a popular culinary and medicinal herb today. Rosemary was often entwined into a wreath, dipped in scented water and worn by brides at the alter. The wreath symbolized fidelity, love, abiding friendship and remembrance of the life before marriage. So while rosemary wreaths were worn at weddings, wealthy bridal couples would also present a branch of rosemary to each of their wedding guests.
USES & FLAVOR
Rosemary has a savory resinous flavor and aroma, similar to pine needles which is not at all surprising considering that Rosemary plant Rosmarinus officinalis looks a lot like a pine tree. Surprisingly though, Rosemary is actually related to Mint family and not Pine at all.
HOW TO USE ROSEMARY IN YOUR COOKING
Dice the needles with a sharp knife or herb grinder, until they’re very fine. Rosemary is a popular herb that adds flavor and spice to savory baked goods, breads and dishes. Some of the most common rosemary pairings are pasta, bread, scones, all kinds of meat dishes, including chicken, lamb, fish, shellfish, turkey, venison, pork, and beef. Rosemary is perfect for rubs, grilling, sautéing and roasting or broiling meat as well. Rosemary is also used in cheesy dishes flavoring vegetables, and infusing cooking oils.
As with all spices, store whole or ground rosemary in an airtight container and keep in a dark cupboard.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROSEMARY
Abundance in antioxidants & anti-inflammatory composites
Antioxidants & anti-inflammatory composites assist in promoting the immune system & enhancing the circulation of blood. Antioxidants help in combating against free radicals and aid in preventing major illnesses.
Rosemary is a famous component in many anti-aging skin creams. It assists in reducing puffiness, increases firmness, stimulates cell regeneration & enhances skin tone.
Rosemary acts as a natural mouthwash. You can prepare a rosemary mouthwash at home by combining fresh rosemary with hot water. Once it boils, you can strain it & use the rosemary water as a mouthwash. It should be preserved in the refrigerator, for only a few days.
Rosemary is a mild diuretic. It can help in avoid problems of bloating, and water retention in your body. Helping aid in the proper functioning of kidneys.
Enhancing Concentration & Memory
Many studies have found rosemary to be helpful in improving concentration and memory. It aids in the good performance of the brain. It has a component called carnosic acid that helps combat against damage caused by free radicals in your brain. The scent of rosemary has been said to enhance memory. Investigations have shown that individuals who breathed the essential oil of rosemary had improved memory position. Rosemary’s scent is also identified to improve one’s mood.
Carnosic acid present in the rosemary herb is not only good for the brain as explained above, but also great for eye health too! It guards against macular degeneration.
Great Source of Nutrients
Rosemary is a rich source of vitamin A, C, B6, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium and potassium. So basically, enjoy your Rosemary and the benefits that come with it!
Helps in Managing Diabetes
Specialists discovered that herbs like oregano, rosemary, & marjoram have composites in them that aid in controlling type 2 diabetes in the similarly way as medicines do. However, we always recommend you consult your doctor first.
Studies have shown that inhaling the aroma of rosemary essential oil, can aid in healing congestion caused by allergies, flu, colds, & infections of the respiratory tract. However, we advice you consult your doctor first!
The oil from rosemary has been used to aid in healing and relieving skin issues like eczema. It can help in speeding up the process in healing wounds.
Treating Dandruff and Hair Loss
The oils comprising of rosemary can be a good treatment for treating dandruff and hair loss.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. This is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.