Rosemary is a delightful herb that also contains many important health benefits. As one of my favorite herbs to flavor food, having rosemary around is essential! But living in a very cold wintery climate often makes growing it difficult, but it can be done, and is well worth your effort!
Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment to flavor food, to make perfumes and other cosmetic items, and it is often used for its potential health benefits. Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender. It is a perennial plant, meaning it’ll live for more than two years.
Rosemary is typically prepared as a whole dried herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves. The herb has also been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.
While rosemary does taste good, it also offers some nutritional benefits as well. It is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.
But, if taken in very high doses, rosemary can cause vomiting, coma, and pulmonary edema. While extremely rare, it would take a massive amount of the herb to cause any kind of side effects, but it is important to be aware of this.
Possible Health Benefits
Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It is also thought to improve digestion, enhance memory, and protect against brain damage. Rosemary can also help protect against brain aging and adding rosemary extract to ground beef reduces the formation of cancer-causing agents.