Ros maris, also known as summeri rose, was widely used by ancient Greeks who dedicated the plant to the goddess Aphrodite. These days, this plant is called rosemary and it is still very popular.
According to a recent research, rosemary prevents aging and works as potent antioxidant agent. It is abundant in flavonoids, compounds which improve blood flow to all tissues, strengthen the blood vessels, and promote circulation. Therefore, it can be used to treat headaches, to improve memory, and to stimulate hair growth.
It positively affects the digestive system and people often use it to treat constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion, and improper absorption of nutrients in the intestine. It has been scientifically shown that rosemary extract stimulates the secretion of bile, a crucial element in the digestion of fats.
A 1995 study discovered that rosemary also works as natural diuretic, which in turn makes it effective at cleansing the liver from toxic substances. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties cannot be neglected as they are very powerful and have the ability to treat infections of the ear, nose, throat, and bronchitis.
Additionally, it also cures fatigue and provides relief of muscle pain, rheumatism, and sciatica. For external use, dilute the rosemary oil with neutral oil like sunflower oil and apply onto the affected area. Adding rosemary tea into a bath is another good way to relieve rheumatism.
Rosemary extract also promotes proper blood flow on to the scalp, preventing baldness and formation of dandruff.
Note that children shouldn’t use rosemary oil. Pregnant women and nursing mother should use tiny amounts of it for culinary purposes.