Rosemary is called “dew of the sea,” because it is often found growing near the sea. Rosemary is a herb that is known for medicinal uses such as improving memory, lowering the risks of strokes and more. Rosemary has fragrant evergreen needle leaves. It is a relative to the mint family. It is a very attractive herb that can tolerate drought. It can be grown in pots and also in a garden. The fresh and dried leaves of the rosemary plant are often used in Mediterranean cooking. They have a bitter taste that compliments varieties of food. The leaves when cooked have a mustard smell. Rosemary contains iron, calcium, and vitamin B6.
Rosemary was used externally to treat gout. It is known for improving memory. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was used at wedding ceremonies to symbolize love, loyalty, and good omens for the family. It was then believed to repel nightmares and witches. It was also used to fragrance the homes of people. Rosemary contains carnosic acid that is known to protect the brain from free radicles. It is known to lower the risks of strokes, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s. Rosemary contains antioxidants. Some side effects include allergic skin reaction. European studies have shown that rosemary interferes with the absorption of iron. This means that the herb should not be used by people with iron deficiency or anemia. Rosemary essential oil is toxic and should not be ingested. Always seek the advice of a herbalist or doctor before using any herb for medicinal purposes.