Information on Rosemary

Latin NameRosmarinus officinalis
Part UsedFlowering Tops
Herb FormsEssential oil, tincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system
CautionsAvoid large doses during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA resinous, aromatic woody shrub from the Mint family with narrow, aromatic leaves and masses of pale blue or violet flowers.
DescriptionRosemary is a common garden herb containing natural camphor, which helps invigorate the circulatory and nervous systems without overstimulating. It also has powerful natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is a good appetite stimulant. Rosemary is sometimes prescribed for weak circulation due to overwork or after serious illness, such as flu or pneumonia. It is a common ingredient in hair preparations, perhaps because of its invigorating and stimulating effects on the circulation of the hair follicle. Rosemary might have a beneficial effect on the memory ("rosemary for remembrance") and is effective for starting the menstrual flow when sluggish or late.

Rosemary has a taste of AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10 drops to 1.5 droppersful

Ailments Treated by Rosemary

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Baldnesscirculatory stimulanttea externally as a rinse
Chillscirculatory stimulanttea, tincture, capsule
Cradle capcirculatory stimulanttea externally as a wash
Dandruffcirculatory stimulanttea as a rinse
Lice, headhair tonictea, tincture, or essential oil as a wash
Memory, poorcirculatory stimulant, nerve stimulanttea, tincture
Muscles, tightblood moverdiluted oil externally
Narcolepsycirculatory stimulanttincture, tea, capsules
Numbnessnerve stimulantoil externally, tea internally
Scalp conditionshair tonic, circulatory stimulantoil externally, tea internally
Amenorrheacirculatory stimulanttea, tincture


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