Top 10 Benefits Of Rosemary | Recipe for Healing Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is a woody evergreen herb with fragrant, needle-shaped leaves that are used in seasoning dishes. However, rosemary also has many health benefits – it is said to relieve IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), boost immunity, enhance memory, relieve anxiety and more.
We’ve listed the top 10 benefits of rosemary, how you can use rosemary in your diet and where to source authentic high-grade rosemary. Keep reading!
One Herb, Many Benefits
Source of Vitamins & Minerals
Rosemary is a source of iron, calcium, copper and magnesium. It contains vitamins A, B, C and E. Rosemary is also a rich source of B-complex vitamins, including folate and riboflavin.
The tiny rosemary leaves are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which help in strengthening the immune system. Rosemary also has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Helps Fight Diabetes
Certain compounds in rosemary may help lower high blood sugar levels by exerting insulin-like effects and promoting the absorption of glucose into muscle cells.
Improves Blood Circulation
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds present in rosemary help improve the blood circulation in our bodies. Good blood circulation is vital for our lungs, heart and muscles to function properly.
Supports Brain Health
Some compounds present in rosemary promote brain health and enhance memory. These compounds help increase acetylcholine – the chief neurotransmitter in our bodies.
Fights Stress And Anxiety
Inhaling the aroma of rosemary is known to lower the cortisol levels in our blood which causes stress and anxiety. Rosemary is a great mood enhancer and widely used in aromatherapy since ancient times.
The carnosic acid in rosemary prevents our eyes from age-related macular degeneration, which is the main cause of vision loss among the elderly.
Aids In Digestion
Siping a cup of rosemary tea after a meal will sort out all your digestion-related issues. Rosemary promotes the balance of healthy gut bacteria thus supporting digestion. Here are some other herbs that can help heal your gut.
Good For Respiratory Health
If you have been living in a polluted area or have a mucus buildup in your lungs, drinking rosemary tea can offer relief. The cineole compound in rosemary breaks up the mucus and reduces inflammation.
Inhibits Growth of Cancer
Several studies suggest that rosemary extract may inhibit tumour growth by preventing cancerous cells from replicating. Rosemary and its polyphenolic diterpenes (carnosol and carnosic acid) are known to possess antioxidant activity that could be beneficial for keeping cancer in check.
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How to Brew a Cup of Healing Rosemary Tea
- Pour boiling water over a fresh rosemary sprig or dried rosemary leaves, cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.
- A longer steep will draw out more oils and nutrients but will result in a stronger, bitterish taste.
- If you are using dried rosemary, use one teaspoon per cup of boiling water.
- Strain, pour into a mug and enjoy! You can also add honey for added sweetness if desired.
Here’s an easy roasted rosemary potatoes recipe for you. How do you like to use rosemary in your diet?
Note: Please consult your doctor before consuming large amounts of rosemary – especially, if pregnant or on medications like blood thinners or drugs to control high blood pressure or diabetes.