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Medicinal Herbs: Rosemary

Yes, I’m still talking about Rosemary.

Although it’s my favorite herb, I’ve never fully realized all the medicinal benefits of Rosemary as antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic and fungicidal. What exactly an “antispasmodic” does, I’m not entirely clear but I’m confident that Rosemary is the herb to get the job done!

You see, I have this fear that I don’t know enough about surviving in the natural world~ and if I {we} were ever forced into man vs. wild mode…  well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty… I’d probably just wander about hoping to come upon something of brick and mortar and resembling a Taco Bell. And so while somewhat irrational, I’m on a quest to improve in the self-sufficiency department. Because I hear the chances of actually finding a Taco Bell in the woods of middle of nowhere might be slim. That said, I start with the medicinal properties of~

ROSEMARY….what it is good for

Absolutely everything. Modern herbalists recommend it for treatment from depression to  indigestion issues to headache, muscle pain and bad breath.” I snagged the following excerpts from VitaminStuff.com

Rosemary contains powerful antioxidants The antioxidants in rosemary may also offer some level of cancer protection.

Rosemary has been shown to help kill bacteria that cause infection, which supports its traditional use as an antiseptic treatment for wounds. The scent of rosemary is also thought to help relieve congestion caused by allergies and respiratory infections.

Rosemary contains phytochemicals that help guard against the depletion of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is crucial to proper brain function. Rosemary also protects the brain from oxidation and increases blood flow, two actions that may help prevent or slow the development of Alzheimer’s.

Rosemary has a long history of use as a treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. It helps relax muscle spasms in the digestive tract, and is approved by Commission E for treatment of indigestion.

Rosemary is available in commercial teas, extracts, and essential oils. You can also use dried rosemary needles to make a home-brewed rosemary tea. {in the tea {above} I used fresh rosemary and let it stepp 5 mins.} Do not consume rosemary oil; it can cause stomach irritation and even poisoning. Rosemary may stimulate uterine contractions and menstruation, so pregnant women should not consume highly concentrated forms of this herb.

I think it safe to say~ that Rosemary is our friend! But please… check with a professional to make sure you’re consuming/applying it safely!

Source VitaminStuff.com

September 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm 2 comments


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