Also known as Compass Plant, Compass Weed, Old Man, Polar Plant, Romero.
Composition of Rosemary
Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.
The herb not only tastes good in culinary dishes, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.
Health Benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system and promote hair growth. Rosemary is also beneficial for concentration, digestion, and brain aging.
Rosemary is useful for people who have experienced a stroke. Rosemary appears to be protective against brain damage and might improve recovery.
Scientists have found that rosemary may also be good for your brain. Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals.
History of Rosemary
Rosemary derives its name from the Latin “rosmarinus.” which means “dew of the sea,” This refers to its light blue flowers and affinity for wet environments.
Many of the historical references and legends surrounding rosemary have grown vague with time but it has a long and colourful history.
The herb has long held a reputation for enhancing memory, honoring the dead, and scattering negative vibrations.
In 1987, researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey patented a food preservative derived from rosemary. The chemical called rosmaridiphenol, is a very stable antioxidant useful in cosmetics and plastic food packaging.