Medicinal Herb Profile: Rosemary

Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Parts used: Leaves and essential oil

Key constituents: Flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, essential oil, tannins, resin, bitters, camphors, beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, triterpenes

Safety: Safe for general use. Avoid daily use of strong rosemary extracts or essential oil during pregnancy

Medicinal Uses: Rosemary is a well-known digestive, circulatory, nerve and brain tonic. It can help improve low energy, low blood pressure, and poor circulation. It is a mild and uplifting stimulant, and can also be used to treat inflammation in the case of arthritis or joint damage. It is used to improve memory and concentration and to ease headaches. With such versatile and positive impacts, what's not to love about this herb? Use rosemary in teas, tinctures, or as a culinary herb to enjoy it's benefits.

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