Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Rosemary, also known as Rosemarinus officinalis is native to the Mediterranean area.
The name of the oil is derived from the Latin words for “dew of the sea”, a reference to its pale blue dew-like flowers. Rosemary is often found growing near the sea and has a reputation for improving memory. Wedding traditionalists have added sprigs of rosemary to wedding bouquets as symbols of love and loyalty.
Rosemary is an attractive evergreen shrub with pine needle-like leaves. Its blue flowers last through spring and summer in warm, humid climates. In a warm climate it can remain in the same location for up to 30 years! In climates where freezing temperatures are expected it is best to grow in pots that can be taken indoors during winter.
Recently, rosemary has been the object of laboratory and animal studies investigating its potential in the prevention of cancer and its antibacterial properties. Both lab and animal studies suggest that rosemary’s antioxidant properties may have activity against colon, breast, stomach, lung, and skin cancer cells. Much more research in this area, including trials involving people must be conducted before conclusions are drawn about the value of rosemary for cancer.
Rosemary’s aromatherapy benefits include improved mental clarity, alertness, memory, mood uplifting and the relief of mental fatigue. Rosemary also helps to relax tight muscles, improves digestion, clears breathing, purifying, and is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidant that fights aging. You’ll find rosemary to be a popular scent used in our products such as our very popular Rosemary Lavender Soap.
In the kitchen, rosemary is a very popular herb for cooking. It is used in a wide variety of dishes including soups, vegetables, meats, fish, potatoes and some desserts.
Warning: Essential, distilled rosemary oil, (not to be confused with flavored cooking oils), should never be taken internally. It is poisonous in strong doses. Be sure to consult your physician before attempting any medicinal use of any herb, spice or other home remedy.