Rosemary

Botanical name

Rosmarinus officinalis

Common Names

Rosemary

FAMILY

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Description

Rosemary has become an everyday household herb in Britain for a reason, in the 14th century it was first grown and popularized by Philippa of Hainault, wife of Henry III. 

Part supplied

The dried leaf.

Food Use

Recipes

Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Circulatory tonic, eases tension headaches and lifts the spirits. Externally it can be used for muscular aches, neuralgia, arthritis and to improve hair growth.

Key actions: Carminative (relieves flatulence), circulatory stimulant, antioxidant, spasmolytic (relieves spasm), antimicrobial, hepatoprotective (prevents liver damage).

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to deal with conditions associated with stress (headaches, depression, exhaustion) as well as dyspepsia (indigestion). 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.

Directions

Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb (2 to 4 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 4 ml (1:3 in 45% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 2 to 4 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Dried Herb: Maximum of 12 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

None known.

Cautions

Contraindications

None known.

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Lamiaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

Side effects

Allergic reactions have been reported, when applied topically. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

None known.

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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