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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Photo: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) 1. A plant widely cultivated for its fragrant gray-green leaves used in cooking and in perfumery;
2. The extremely pungent leaves of the rosemary plant used fresh or dried as seasoning for especially meats.

Use: leaves, stalks

A lovely spiky plant, Rosemary can be made into topiaries in the house, a decorative way to keep the plant looking lovely, while being able to use it. It is a wonderous container plant, serving many purposes - medicinal, decorative and culinary.

Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory and has been used as a symbol for remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia (see: Hamlet, iv. 5 -- "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance"). Studies have backed up this use (see below):
... concentration of 1,8-cineole in the blood is related to an individual's cognitive performance -- with higher concentrations resulting in improved performance. Both speed and accuracy were improved, suggesting that the relationship is not describing a speed-accuracy trade off.
Rosemary contains a number of potentially biologically active compounds, including antioxidants carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid. Other bioactive compounds include camphor (up to 20% in dry rosemary leaves), caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, rosmaridiphenol and rosmanol.

The results of a study suggest carnosic acid, found in rosemary, may shield the brain from free radicals, lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and is anti-inflammatory.

Carnosol is also a promising cancer chemoprevention and anti-cancer agent.

Rosemary is also a common note in soaps, perfumes and bath scents. It is carminative, and antispasmodic, and just plain tastes great, especially on meats.


WARNING: Rosemary Oil should not be taken internally as it is a stomach, intestines and kidney irritant.

Used for:

  • Emotional Fatigue
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antibacterial
  • Carminative
  • Emmenagogue
  • Antiseptic
  • Expectorant
  • Depression
  • Headaches

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