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Rosemary is often used in culinary dishes as a spice, which most people have probably eaten in different dishes while eating in restaurants and did not realize it had Rosemary in it. Others cook with it regularly because it gives the food a wonderful taste as well as a great fragrance. But there is more to Rosemary than just a spice, it has many medicinal uses.
Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub, its leaves look like dark-green needles. The shrub is a member of the Lamiaceae family, which is the mint family. It normally grows along coastal regions. In addition, the shrub typically can grow with just the moisture of the humidity that comes from the sea breeze and does not require watering, which makes it hearty and grows quickly in the right conditions.
History and Origin of Rosemary
The Rosemary shrub originates from the Mediterranean region. The humid climate makes it the perfect conditions for the plants to grow and thrive. Rosemary is also a wonderful plant for those people that are just starting a greenhouse to choose because it does not require a lot of attention.
Ancient Uses of Rosemary
Rosemary has many ancient medicinal uses, such as treating gout. It was also used to improve memory. In other areas of the world it was used during funerals as a way to remember the departed, and it was simultaneously used during weddings as well. It was also used medicinally to help heal wounds, help with depression, and various rheumatic diseases.
Modern Uses of Rosemary
Today, Rosemary is used in the Western world primarily as a spice in many dishes, but it can be found sold as a whole herb or in capsule form. It has been studied extensively and researchers have found that it has the ability to help with Headaches, pain, and relaxes muscles. In addition, Rosemary helps with digestion, so if you were to eat a meal prepared with the spice, it would probably digest better and faster than if you had not had the herb. It has been shown to have some anti-cancer properties as well as being a diuretic. It has the ability to help treat high blood pressure as well as those that have low blood pressure, and speeds the healing of sprains. Lastly, it improves circulation throughout the body, which can help with the skin. Because of this, you will find many cosmetic products with Rosemary as an ingredient.
Side Effects of Rosemary
While Rosemary is generally safe to consume as a spice or to taken as a supplement, there are some people that should not use it. When taken in large quantities there are possible side effects such as spasms, vomiting, fluid in the lungs, and miscarriages. Moreover, there are those that are allergic to Rosemary and therefore, could have an allergic reaction to the plant, which could include a mild reaction or a deadly reaction. Someone that has many Allergies to various herbs or other plants should use Rosemary with greater caution. When it comes to Rosemary, more is not better, and therefore, small amounts should be consumed.