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Rosemary: what is it for and how to use it

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Rosemary: what is it for and how to use it
Rosemary: what is it for and how to use it

Because it contains digestive, diuretic and antidepressant properties, rosemary helps in the digestion of food and in the treatment of headache, depression and anxiety.

Its scientific name is Rosmarinus officinalis and it can be purchased in supermarkets, natural products stores, compounding pharmacies and in some street markets.

Rosemary can be used for:

1. Improve the nervous system

Rosemary improves the nervous system and brings benefits such as improving memory, concentration and reasoning, and helping to prevent and treat problems such as depression and anxiety.

This herb even helps to reduce the memory loss that occurs naturally in the elderly, and can also be used in the form of aromatherapy for this purpose.

Although it has several benefits for the nervous system, rosemary should not be used by those who suffer from epilepsy, as some studies indicate that it can stimulate the development of epileptic seizures.

2. Improve digestion

Rosemary improves digestion and has properties that reduce gas production and relieve problems such as heartburn, diarrhea and constipation.

In addition, as it also has antibacterial properties, rosemary also helps in the treatment of gastritis caused by the bacteria H. pylori.

3. Act as an antioxidant

Rosemary is rich in antioxidant acids like rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, carnosic acid, which helps to improve the immune system, prevent infections and improve skin he alth.

In addition, antioxidants also prevent harmful changes in cells, such as those that trigger problems such as cancer.

4. Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Rosemary is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety along with lavender oil as it helps to reduce blood pressure and control the heartbeat, helping to bring a sense of tranquility. See how to do aromatherapy for anxiety.

5. Relieve Arthritis Pain

Rosemary has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, helping to relieve pain from problems such as arthritis, headache, gout, toothache and skin problems.

How to use Rosemary

The parts used for rosemary are its leaves, which can be used to season food and flowers to make tea and baths.

  • Rosemary tea: put 5 g of leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink 3 cups a day, after meals;
  • Tincture of rosemary: place 10 g of dried rosemary leaves, or 20 g of fresh rosemary leaves, in a glass bottle with 30 ml of grain alcohol and 70 ml of water. Cover and place in a dark and dry place for 8 to 15 days, stirring the bottle daily. After that time, you can take the tincture by diluting 1 teaspoon in 1 glass of water, up to 3 times a day;
  • Rosemary bath: place 50 g of Rosemary in 1 liter of boiling water, cover, let it rest for 30 minutes and strain. Then use this water during the bath;

  • Rosemary essential oil: The oil can be used in aromatherapy treatments, massages or rosemary baths.

In addition, rosemary can also be used in the preparation of roasted meats or potatoes, for example.

Check out the video below for more details on how to make rosemary tea, properties and benefits:

Side effects and contraindications

Excessive consumption of rosemary, especially in the form of concentrated oil, can cause problems such as nausea, vomiting, kidney irritation, bleeding in the uterus, redness of the skin, increased sensitivity to the sun and allergic reactions.

Furthermore, its use as a medication is contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women, for people with a history of seizures and for people with blood clotting difficulties or who use medications such as aspirin.

In the case of people with epilepsy, rosemary should be used with caution, as some studies indicate that the essential oil, which is also present in tea, can trigger epileptic seizures.

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