Rosemary, from its botanical name Rosmarinus officinalis, is a well-known shrub in the culinary world. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, and can reach up to 2 m in height, in cultivation. Its evergreen leaves rolled up on their edges, extending in particular in length than in width, of dark green color on the top, tinged with white in its underside, allows it to be easily distinguished. Moreover, the stems and leaves give off a resinous aroma reminiscent of the smell of pine. The shrub gives flowers of a purplish blue hue, those of white colors are very rare. The latter produce brown tetrakenes in the form of globules. Originally from the Mediterranean basin, the plant now exists all over the world. Phytotherapy is particularly interested in the plant thanks to its essential oil content (bomeol, camphene, camphor, cineol), flavonoids (apigenin, diosmin), tannins, diterpenes and rosmarinic acid.
What can this shrub heal?
- A cerebral stimulant, this one can remedy against anxiety, as well as it can improve memory and concentration. It can also be an alternative for relieve mild headaches. Finally, its essential oil can stimulate the scalp, this property makes it favorable to hair growth.
- In case of circulatory failure, the person may faint. The hypertensive properties of this plant can be used to resuscitate the person.
- Fortifying, Rosmarinus officinalis can be recommended during periods of convalescence, especially after chronic illnesses or prolonged stress. Some reports suggest that the plant stimulates the adrenal glands, this could justify its effectiveness for treat asthenia (weakening of the body, physical fatigue).
- Psychic stimulant, the phytotherapist recommends its use to remedy against chronic fatigue or overwork. Moreover, its properties are more or less antidepressant.
- Rheumatic pains can be soothed by using its lotion. A few drops of essential oil in the bath water will revitalize the body.
In what form does herbal medicine recommend it?
The phytotherapist recommends theuse of rosemary in its form of essential oil or lotion, mother tincture or infusion.
How to use it to take advantage of its medicinal properties?
- For the mother tincture, to prevent the harmful effects of stress, dilute 2 ml of its tincture for a glass of warm water. Drink it twice a day.
- In infusion, for relieve headachestake 2 g per cup every 3 hours.
- Rub the infusion on the scalp to improve hair growth.
- A few drops of essential oil can be diluted in bath water to obtain a soothing effect.
What precautions should be taken into account?
- The essential oil should never be used internally. Indeed, in the event of a high dose, the cineole contained in rosemary can become toxic to the nerves.
- In addition, some people may experience nausea when they drink its herbal tea. A dosage that exceeds the norm can then amplify the effect in the latter. It is advisable in this case to stop consumption if such a situation occurs.