The scientific name of rosemary is Rosmarinus Officinalis. This herb has been used for ages because of its medicinal properties. This herb was also used in spiritual rituals in ancient times. Rosemary was initially grown in Mediterranean regions; however, it is now grown almost all over the world. The best news is that Rosemary is a perennial herb so you don’t have to wait for a season to obtain freshly grown rosemary.
The culinary uses of rosemary are known to all. Apart from making the chicken tastier, rosemary also has many health benefits:
1. Protection from cancer:
Rosemary is loaded with antioxidants, which provide a defence against damage caused by free radicals. The DNA of humans is susceptible to the harm caused by free radicals. The harm if not curbed in the beginning can lead to cancerous development. The antioxidants present in rosemary acts against free radicals. In females, rosemary helps prevent the chances of breast cancer, as it stimulates liver enzymes that manage the oestrogen levels in the human body.
2. Defence against cataract formation:
Having rosemary everyday helps prevent the formation of cataract in the eye. Rosemary is naturally rich in Vitamin A. The vitamin A combined with antioxidants helps protect the vision of the eye and improve the health of the eyes. You can have rosemary in the form of herbal teas or even rosemary herbal capsules.
3. Stops early aging
One of the many benefits of rosemary is that it helps in delaying the ageing process. The rosemary extract protects the cells of the skin, which further prevents ageing in the skin like sagging of the skin and wrinkles. Apart from having rosemary herb in the form of extracts, herbal teas and herbal capsules you can also mix pure rosemary extracts in face masks. Rosemary also helps reverse the negative effects of stress and external toxins on the skin.
4. Acts against body odour:
Adding few twigs or pieces of rosemary herb to your bath water helps in getting rid of the fungus and bacteria that are the main cause of body odour. Rosemary also helps in preventing bad breath if you use it in mouthwash. Rosemary mouthwash can be prepared by mixing rosemary powder in water and gargling with the same.
5. Improves blood circulation:
Rosemary is a rich source of iron, thus it helps in enhancing the blood capacity to carry oxygen. Improved blood circulation automatically cures many other problems related to blood as well as skin ailments and memory power.
6. Improved digestion:
The most important health benefit of rosemary herb is that it is extremely beneficial for digestion. Rosemary helps cure several problems related to digestion such as constipation, cramps and stomach bloating. Rosemary also stimulates appetite. It also affects the liver functions positively which helps in releasing bile important for digestion.
7. Helps avoid water retention
Rosemary herb is diuretic in nature, which increases urination and helps the kidney function better. A diuretic helps prevent water retention in the body with lesser occurrence of bloating.
8. Regulates menstrual cycle:
Women who complain about delayed periods should include rosemary herb in their diet as it helps in regulating menstrual cycle.
9 Improves energy levels:
Antioxidants present in rosemary helps flush out toxins from the liver thus promoting better energy levels.