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Rosemary: 3 medicinal uses

Rosemary is another powerful herb that is simple to grow in your garden or balcony pot. As its an evergreen shrub, once established, there will always be fresh leaves available for your kitchen culinary tastes or for your home medicinal purposes.

Like most herbs, they are packed with vitamins and nutrients which make them a great addition to soups, salads, roasting, and stews. Herbs are great to add to your cooking but they have many healing benefits too.

Rosemary has lots of phytochemicals which are naturally produced by plants to help them resist fungi, bacteria and other plant infections. By consuming such plants, we too receive these benefits.

Phytochemicals are responsible for scavenging toxic cells caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is largely responsible for most chronic disease. Rosemary can assist with liver detoxification and is known to be an anti-cancer agent.

Rosemary is an anti-microbial making it ideal to reduce congestion, sinusitus as well colds and flu. Using a steam inhalation or essential oil atomiser can assist with respiratory infections. It is a strong antiseptic with stimulating and fortifying properties. Adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to a massage oil carrier, like jojoba, can help relieve aching muscles as well as nervous exhaustion and fatigue. Sore throats can be eased by added a couple of drops to a glass of warm water to gargle.

Rosemary is great for relaxing the stomach and promoting healthy digestion. Adding fresh sprigs of Rosemary to your food will give you the direct health benefits of calming an overactive digestion because it is an anti-inflammatory. Conditions such as gas, bloating which can lead to more chronic digestive disorders. Try adding some rosemary with ginger, lemon and honey to hot water and sip.

Rosemary has many other healing benefits such as improving circulation to the brain and assisting to balance blood pressure. It also has many nutrients including Vitamins B1, B3, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium to name a few.

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