Rosemary is a herb that is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The rosemary plant is native to the Mediterranean area, but it is found in other regions such as France and even as far south as South Africa. The plant itself is an evergreen and has leaves which resemble the needles of an evergreen tree. The rosemary plant is has leaves that are considered to be thick and leather-like in appearance, and they are accented with blooms which can be blue, white, pink or purple in color.
Another feature of the rosemary plant is its very aromatic smell and the wooly white substance that can be found on the underside of the leaves. The rosemary plant can reach heights of over five feet. The name rosemary is Latin for “dew of the sea” because the plant is often found growing near water.
Rosemary is grown naturally in climates that have hot summers and mild winters. The plant is best grown in dry environments. Those that wish to cultivate rosemary personally can do so using personal pots as this plant can be easily cultivated by cutting a piece off an existing plant and planting it into soil. There are more than fifteen rosemary cultivars which have different colored blooms.
The herb rosemary can be utilized for a number of purposes. It is commonly used to flavor foods. It can be purchased fresh or dried and used to season foods. It is used in Mediterranean cuisine and for barbeque. It is also used for a number of medicinal purposes. Many people use the leaves and the flowers from the rosemary to make both topical and oral solutions that can be used to treat a number of conditions. Rosemary is a natural antifungal and creams or tinctures can be made to treat infections caused by bacterial infections.
This herb also has antioxidant properties making it very useful for combating cancer causing carcinogens, and it is said to protect the DNA from chemicals that can cause cancer. Rosemary is also an antispasmodic which means this herb can be used in different tonics or rubs and rubbed on the body to promote blood flow and ease muscular spasms. Rosemary can also be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema. This herb has also been used to ease digestive problems. People can chew the leaves of the rosemary plant or make a tea from the leaves in order to soothe the stomach or relieve symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome.
The rosemary plant is often utilized to make rosemary essential oil. This oil often used to encourage hair growth and can be inhaled to relieve tension and open the sinuses. Rosemary is often used in many cosmetic products because it contains ketone which is known to rejuvenate cells and tissue. These properties make it perfect for many facial and body creams. There are so many uses for the rosemary plant. Because it is an herb, individuals that are pregnant or have allergic reactions to herbs should consult with a physician before using them particularly for health reasons.