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Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Family: Labiatae

Rosemary, old man, polar plant, compass-weed, compass plant, Rosmarinus coronarium

The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew"(ros) and "sea"(marinus), or "dew of the sea". The plant is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning "flower".

According to legend, it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea, born of Uranus's semen. According to another myth, 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. The shrub then became known as the 'Rose of Mary'.

Plant Description

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region.


The chief constituents carnosol, carnosic acid, caffeic acid and its derivatives such as rosmarinic acid. These compounds have powerful antioxidant activity.Rosemary yields its virtues partly to water and entirely to rectified spirits of wine.


Rosemary is warming stimulating blood circulation to the brain and improving concentration and memory. It is useful for nervous headaches and migraines. It activates hair growth by enhancing the blood circulation to the scalp. Rosemary is ideal in cases of overwork or weakness and it works against fainting and dizziness. It also elevates mood and is useful in cases of depression. Generally it is considered antibacterial, antifungal and anti-rheumatic, heart and vision tonic. Necessary for diabetes.



The active ingredient in rosemary, known as carnosic acid (CA), can protect the brain from stroke and neurodegeneration, due to harmful chemicals and free radicals. Such radicals are considered to contribute not only in brain strokes but also in neurodegeneration cases such as Alzheimer, as well as sick symptoms of normal aging of the brain.

It is also beneficial as a means of cancer prevention. Using rosemary to roast can block potentially carcinogenic (HCAs) compounds that can be formed when meat is cooked at high temperatures.

What the medical science has proven for the therapeutic potential of rosemary.

The composition of rosemary is the reason for its effectiveness in the cases described by ancient authors for application in traditional medicine in countries of the Mediterranean and Central Europe.

Rosemary has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic and diuretic action. It stimulates digestion, improves blood circulation and helps in case of low pressure. Puffs with rosemary used successfully in cases of colds, bronchial asthma and cough.

When applied topically the herb gives a fresh tone to the skin and stimulates the cell renewal process.It fights acne, oily skin, dandruff and different types of dermatitis. It also reduces the secretion of sweat and sebaceous glands. Rosemary is used for products concerning the relief of pain in the joints and muscles.

Modern cosmetology considers in particular the anti-cellulite action of rosemary . Its ability to break down fat deposits, which hinder the blood and lymph circulation, makes it preferable a component of modern anti-cellulite products.


Rosemary strengthens the brain

"Cognitive performance is improved when the substance enters the blood"

«Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology».

The scientists were not surprised when the volunteers included in the study showed better performance on cognitive tests.

As noted leader researcher Dr. Mark Moss "we were not surprised by the improvement in cognitive performance after exposure to the scent of rosemary, since this had been shown in the past. What excited us was that improving cognitive skills associated with levels of 1,8 - cineole in blood plasma after exposure to rosemary".


Experiments in 20 persons showed that the particular " ingredient" of rosemary passed through the nose in the blood plasma. The researcher added that we tend to forget how many of the drugs currently used by the population derived from plants. Effective oral use: It has been proven that it can survive after ingestion and enter the bloodstream as to be absorbed.