Herb Profile - Rosemary
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Mint family
Distribution: native to Mediterranean. Used extensively as a culnary spice.
Parts used: dried leaves
Active Constituents: volatile oil, flavonoids, tannins, rosmarinic acid
Actions: Antioxidant, Circulatory stimulant, Spasmolytic actions, hepatoprotectie, carminative, mild anticeptic
Main Uses: Improving circulation, improving mental alertness and memory, liver protection, aiding digestion, topical treatment to promote wound healing and in rheumatic conditions.
Topically: excellent herb to use topically for joint and muscle pain. Excellent natural flea and tick treatment
Contraindications: Generally considered safe.
Toxicology and Adverse effects: No adverse effects expected although ingestion of large quantities of the oil can be associated with toxicity.
Potential drug interactions: None known
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a well known culinary herb that is a vital part of the Mediterranean cuisine. Rosemary belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is native to the Mediterranean. It is cultivated worldwide and grows best in Mediterranean climate. Apart from giving Mediterranean dishes their authentic aroma it also has many health benefits. Rosemary has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb mainly as a tonic and to improve the memory. It has many active
constituents like volatile oil, flavonoids and tannins. The dried leaves are used to make infusions and tinctures. For its ability to stimulate the circulation
Rosemary is also known as the “European Ginkgo” as it has similar effects. This
makes Rosemary very valuable to improve memory and mental alertness. It can be
used to address health problems caused by weak circulation like hypotension or a poor digestion. Rosemary has also positive effects on the liver. It protects the liver cells from damage and also aids the liver to clear toxic substances. Therefore Rosemary is useful in primary liver problems and digestive disorders.
Rosemary is a very strong antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells and are useful to
prevent disease and aging, support organs and body functions and aid convalescence. Even the food industry makes use of this activity and uses Rosemary to conserve food, especially meat.
Creams and salves containing Rosemary can be applied to the skin and are used to help
with joint and muscle pain. Rosemary is a safe herb to use. No adverse effects are expected if not comsumed in large quantities. Rosemary can also be given alongside conventional medication as
herb drub interactions are unknown. At herbalpetcare I am using Rosemary as a tonic for the elderly dogs, patients suffering from liver and gastrointestinal disease and for dogs in need of antioxidant support. Tinctures and extracts of the Rosemary leaf are highly efficient but why not improve and support your dog’s health by adding fresh Rosemary leaves to their diet?