Rosemary is a herb, scientifically known as Rosmarinus officinalis, that is native to the Mediterranean and used all over the world for many different things. It’s a frequent ingredient in cuisine, with an aromatic fragrance that makes it a popular choice in perfumes, soaps and lotions, and it also contains a wide array of health benefits.
Rosemary is a member of the mint family alongside other herbs like oregano, thyme, basil and lavender. Traditionally, rosemary is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, protect the immune system, stimulate the circulatory system, uplift the mood, detoxify the body, and promote hair growth.
Rosemary is a rich source of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds like caffeic acid, betulic acid and carnosol, and is also a good source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Rosemary is believed to improve digestion, improve memory and focus, stimulate blood flow, and boost the production of red blood cells. It’s also an antibacterial, and can prevent Staph infections and the growth of a pathogen called H. pylori that can cause harmful stomach ulcers.
Rosemary is used commonly to promote hair growth and decrease loss. You can use it in various ways, such as adding some rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner. Or mix 3-4 drops of essential oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil like coconut and massage into the scalp, leaving for at least 30 minutes. You can also use the herb itself, by infusing a large handful of rosemary leaves in boiling water and allowing to cool before adding the infusion to your shampoo. Rosemary is generally a safe herb to ingest, however extremely large doses can cause vomiting and spasms.