Rosmarinus officinalis | Rosemary
Tucked away in most kitchen cabinets and spice drawers sits a beautiful herb known for the distinct aromatic flavour it brings to Mediterranean cuisine. As delicious as its taste is, rosemary is so much more than just a culinary herb. It carries with it a portfolio filled with medicinal properties once utilized and appreciated, now seemingly lost in Western culture.
How humble of a plant to sit for years with no recognition of its full potential.
WARMING | STIMULATING | NERVINE
As Shakespeare has mentioned "there's rosemary, that's for remembrance!"
By stimulating circulation, rosemary increases blood flow to the brain, aiding in mental focus and memory. A drop of rosemary essential oil on each temple is a beautiful way to help you study or focus, mix it with a small amount of carrier oil as to avoid burning the skin. For the same reason, this same practice can bring relief of headaches, as well as when prepared as a tea.
Because of its stimulating properties that bring blood flow to the head, it is often used externally to promote hair growth and help reduce hair loss and thinning of the hair.
Rosemary acts by stimulating your Parasympathetic Nervous System, the "rest & digest" part of your body. To stimulate digestion, it increases production and secretion of bile (what we use to digest fats), making it the perfect pair with high fat meals. It stimulates the release of digestive enzymes and gastric juices, promoting appetite and aiding in absorption of nutrients. It also promotes peristalsis - the natural wave-like muscle contraction of your G.I tract to help move food to where it can be properly broken down and absorbed or eliminated. Being a member of the mint family, it is an aromatic carminative, meaning It's properties also help relieve gas and bloating.
At the same time, your Sympathetic Nervous System is relaxed, the part of your body in "fight or flight" mode. Relaxing your voluntary muscles can bring relief of muscle tension, muscle pain, and delayed onset muscle soreness that can occur after exertion. This can also help with sleep, and overall de-stressing!
BRING IT TO THE TABLE
- mix a few drops of rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil and rub into temples
- steep 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary leaves as a tea, drink 1 cup 3x day or as needed
- add chopped fresh or dried rosemary leaves to meats, fish, poultry, soups, stews and roasted root vegetables