Pungent fresh rosemary has
strong medicinal benefits, can
fight the symptoms of colds
and flu, and help prevent
diseases of aging.

Traditionally, rosemary has been used as a mental stimulant, memory booster, general tonic, and to aid circulation. An infusion of rosemary tea has long been recommended by herbalists to treat colds, flu, and rheumatism. Like several other herbs, rosemary has been shown to fight bacteria that can cause throat infections such as E.coli, and staphylococcus, so an infusion of rosemary makes a good gargle. In addition, recent research has found that rosemary is one of the leading herbs for its antioxidant activity, helping to reduce the risk of diseases and aging effects.

  • Strong antioxidant activity.

  • Memory and brain booster.

  • Contains antibacterial properties.

  • Used as a general tonic and may lift depression.

Practical tips:

Rosemary dries well and retains some of its antioxidant effects. Hang sprigs up to dry in a warm kitchen then remove the leaves and store in an airtight container. Fresh rosemary leaves can be chopped and mixed with thyme, sage, and oregano and added to Mediterranean casseroles or omelet fillings. Use fresh sprigs with garlic to season roast chicken, lamb, and pork. When making bread, add some chopped fresh leaves to the mix.

In tests, rosemary extract (rather than fresh or dried leaves) has been found to act as a detoxifier for the liver, to help boost skin condition, and to block estrogens in the body in a similar way to anti-breast cancer drugs.

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