Rosemary for Health and Happiness




Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis is one of my favourite herbs. Rosemary has amazing healing powers, and what’s more it is so abundant that you probably walk past some every day. At the moment you may only use Rosemary to flavour dishes, however, it can also be used to boost health and happiness.


Rosemary has a long history of traditional use for health problems. William Shakespeare wrote about Rosemary being used for remembrance in his play “Hamlet”. Remembrance can mean simply to remember. Rosemary has been used for centuries to help memory.


In a study of 28 people over 75 years old, a small dose of Rosemary, similar to the amount generally used in food dishes, was given. Tests a few hours later showed improvements in memory. Although very high doses had the opposite effect as they impaired memory. Use half a teaspoon of rosemary in your meals or make a tea to improve your memory.


For centuries Rosemary has been said to be uplifting to the spirits. I have found Rosemary combined with other herbs is a stimulating anti-depressant. Recent research shows how Rosemary works as an antidepressant by improving the way neurotransmitters or nerve messengers work, especially those involved in depression and Alzheimer’s disease.


Research on Rosemary has identified its antioxidant effects. Antioxidants protect the body from a wide range of illness. This discovery and research demonstrates Rosemary has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal effects, and gives support to old herbal wisdom which tells us it can heal numerous physical complaints.


Always seek advice before using any herbal medicines. 


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Original Article April 2015

Copyright Jaine Kirtley