Practical Magic: Rosemary – The Great Nervous System Healer

Rosemary – The Great Nervous System Healer

Name: Rosemary

Most Commonly Found: Rosemary is most commonly found in the Mediterranean region. 

Stone Cold Facts: Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb and it is used for culinary means, to make bodily perfumes, and for its various health benefits. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea" and it is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning "flower." It has a fibrous root system.

It's a great source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6 (Medical News Today). 

How to Heal: While it was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, booth the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth, it's still being used for some of the same benefits and various others. 

For instance, it's a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, thought to help booth the immune system, and improve blood circulation. This can make it helpful in fighting free radicals, which can make it helpful in fighting various diseases, like cancer.

It Europe, it is used to help treat indigestion, and Germany's Commission E has approved it for the treatment of dyspepsia while it still has yet to be majorly studied for these purposes. 

It also is said to help enhance memory and concentration, according to research in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology

It's also been found to be good for the brain, as it contains carnosic acid, that's able to fight off free radical damage. In addition, a study in Cell Journal found that it "may be useful in protecting against beta-amyloid-induced neurodegeneration in the hippocampus."

In addition, another study, published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, said that rosemary may be an effective herbal anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agent.

Love beef? A report published in the Journal of Food Science said that it reduces the formation of cancer-causing agents found during cooking 

Furthermore, a study published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, found that a major component of rosemary, carnosic acid, can significantly promote eye health.

WebMD says that Rosemary is used for digestion problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite, as well as for gout, cough, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss. It's also helpful for increasing menstrual flow, preventing baldness, circulation problems, toothache, eczema, joint or muscle pain, wound healing, and more. 

How to Heal: Rosemary is either used as a herb in food or extracted as an oil to use in medicines, both topically and orally.

Related Chakras: It's especially healing for the Third Eye Chakra, helping to promote spiritual clarity.

Spirituality & Psychic Properties: Rosemary is considered to be one of the best tonics for the central nervous system, because it acts as a brain stimulant and has a long history of improving the memory, aiding psychic protection and intuition. It inspires the love of self and others and strengthens the willpower, according to Dr Glennis Rogerson, PhD. In his article, Davis suggests that "It strengthens the heart. It may be considered a middle-aged executives best friend."

According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea, born of Uranus's semen. 

In addition, the Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. From then on, the shrub was referred to as the "Rose of Mary."

History + Lore: In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies, since the bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary. From then on, it became associated with love.

In Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Ophelia says, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance." (Hamlet, iv. 5.)

In addition, Hungary water (containing rosemary) was first prepared for the Queen of Hungary Elisabeth of Poland to " ... renovate vitality of paralyzed limbs ... " and to treat gout.

Rosemary Christmas tree plants have also become a tradition throughout the world.

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