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So I've done a bit of research on this humble herb and I've discovered that Rosemary contains antibacterial and antioxidant qualities as well as a few essential oils which are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
Much of these properties pertain to the flower tops which we don't usually eat, but you'll still get a stack of goodness from the leaves.
Scientists from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine say that adding rosemary to our diet improves cognitive function and life span.
According to Organic Facts, rosemary can boost memory, improve the mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect our immunity, help with circulation, detox our body, protect us from bacterial infection, prevent premature aging and heal skin conditions.
Of course this is just a herb eaten in very small quantities which we generally use to flavour our meals, so I doubt our intake will create magic anti-ageing results. However, regularly including it in our day may lead to accumulated benefits.
By sprinkling it on salads and vegetables, or including it in dressings, we can get good amounts of rosemary into our diets. Australian Women's Health Magazine (January 2017) suggests putting some rosemary into an empty Tic Tac container to carry around with us to add to meals wherever we go.
Buying health and beauty products containing rosemary helps us to absorb the essential oils.
Food for thought!
Do you eat rosemary?
Do you use it in cooking?
Can you suggest other ways to add rosemary to our life?
Fun facts about rosemary:
- In Medieval times they believed that rosemary would only grow in the gardens of the righteous
- 16th century Europeans carried it in the heads of their walking sticks to ward off the plague.