rosemary health

Rosemary – The Holy Herb and the Love Charm with Numerous Benefits for Overall Health

Calming herb for digestive system – Rosemary has been used for centuries as a remedy against upset stomach, indigestion, constipation and other digestive problems. To sooth the digestive tract, drink rosemary tea, or use rosemary tea with diluted peppermint to rub it on the stomach. This treatment can help with stomach cramps as well.

Herb to fight cancer – Anti oxidants in rosemary plant, fight free radicals in the body. They also block the estrogen thus prevent the breast cancer.

Powerful herb for respiratory system – When breathing in the scent of rosemary essential oil, this plant effectively treat colds, allergies, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory infections. For another treatment, boil fresh rosemary in a pot of water, and breathe in the steam. This way rosemary can help clear the lungs and throat, and easy the head and sinus pain.

Herb with diuretic properties – When rosemary is used regularly, it helps the kidneys to function properly. In a word, it gets rid of the excess water in the body and increase the urine flow.

 

The Forms of Rosemary Plant and Side Effect

Popular rosemary essential oil is main ingredient in cosmetic industry, while the tea is ancient remedy; however, rosemary is available in the forms of tincture and capsules. Tincture is taken when one is having problems with indigestion, chronic inflammation, insomnia, headaches, asthma, liver congestion, rheumatism, swelling, and sprains. Take a teaspoon of tincture, dilute in 100 ml of water, and take three to four times a day. Capsules are, on the other hand, good for physical and intellectual overwork.

Rosemary herb is safe when taken in recommended doses and after the consultation with health provider.  However, large quantities of rosemary can cause allergic reactions, vomiting, spasms and coma. People with high blood pressure, pregnant and nursing women should avoid rosemary.

 

Reference

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Linda Ward is a nurse and a wannabe writer. She enjoys writing about different health, food and lifestyle topics. In her free time, Linda loves to dance and work out in a gym.

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