rosemary green leaves

We love it for..

Asthma, Anxiety, Migraines

Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is an aromatic and distinctive herb with a sweet, resinous flavor. 

Why We Love It

Rosemary has a longstanding reputation as a tonic, invigorating herb, imparting a zest for life that is to some degree reflected in its distinctive aromatic taste.

■ Circulatory stimulant Rosemary has a central place in European herbal medicine as a warming, tonic remedy that stimulates blood flow throughout the body, especially in those with low blood pressure. It is thought to promote blood flow to the head, thus improving memory and concentration. It may be taken to relieve migraine and headaches and encourages hair growth and health.

■ Poor circulation Thought to raise low blood pressure, the herb is valuable for fainting and weakness associated with deficient circulation.

■ Restorative Rosemary aids recovery from long-term stress and chronic illness. It is thought to stimulate the adrenal glands and is used specifically for debility, especially when accompanied by poor circulation and digestion.

■ Uplifting herb Rosemary is often prescribed for people who are stressed and “failing to thrive.” Valued as an herb that raises the spirits, it is useful for mild to moderate depression.

■ Other uses Applied as a lotion or diluted essential oil, rosemary eases aching, rheumatic muscles. Add the infusion, or essential oil, to bathwater for a reviving soak.

■ Essential oil of rosemary can also be used through a steam vaporizer to disinfect the air in your home or office which is especially beneficial during cold and flu season.

How We Use It

Rosemary Tea in a white cup with hot water and fresh rosemary sprigs
Rosemary Tea
Rosemary Oil in a fancy bottle with fresh sprigs and plate
Oil Diffuser
Rosemary herbed food with cherry tomatoes onion olives and olive oil
Herbed Dish

Our Favorite Brands

Alvita Rosemary Tea
Now Rosemary Essential Oil
Simply Organic Rosemary

Healing Recipe

Rosemary Tea with ht water in a clear tea cup

Rosemary Tea Infusion

Ingredients: Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Directions: Boil water with fresh Rosemary sprigs. Let it steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the herb. Serve hot and enjoy.

To relieve headaches, take 2 1/2 tsp of herb infusion every 3 hours.

Research Resources

Scientific NameRosmarinus officinalis (Lamiaceae)
DescriptionA strongly aromatic evergreen shrub growing to 61⁄2 ft (2 m), with narrow, dark green, pinelike leaves.
ConstituentsVolatile oil (1–2%) containing borneol, camphene, camphor, cineole; Flavonoids (apigenin, diosmin), Tannins, Rosmarinic acid, Diterpenes (including carnosic acid and carnosol)
Habitat & Cultivation Native to the Mediterranean, rosemary grows freely in much of southern Europe and is cultivated throughout the world. It is propagated from seed or cuttings in spring and prefers a warm, moderately dry climate and a sheltered site. The branches are gathered during the summer after flowering and dried in the shade.
Parts UsedLeaves are gathered in summer and used in preparations or distilled for their oil.
Key ActionsTonic, Stimulant, Astringent, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant
CautionsDo not take the essential oil internally except under a professional practitioner’s supervision.

Clinical Studies

■ A 2011 study published in Phytotherapy Research found that rosemary exerted anti-inflammatory and protective effects on the inner lining of blood vessels in young adults. Such research supports the understanding that many active compounds in rosemary support a healthy circulation. A small 2006 clinical trial in Germany concluded (in line with traditional usage) that rosemary raised blood pressure in people suffering from low blood pressure. All those taking rosemary also reported feeling better at the end of the trial.

■ Japanese laboratory research in 2003 found that diterpenes within rosemary (carnosic acid and carnosol) strongly stimulated nerve growth factor, suggesting that rosemary may stimulate nerve repair. A 2015 review in Cancer Letters stated that these constituents also had “promising results of anticancer activity.”

Source: Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine