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Rosemary is an herb-plant native to the Mediterranean that seemingly grows everywhere– from your front yard to your freeway off ramp. It is a delicious flavoring for all sorts of dishes, but did you know it can provide a variety of medicinal effects as well?
Rosemary is known to increase blood flow to the brain, improving memory. It is also proven to lower cortisol levels which is essential in relieving the physical effects of stress. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced when a person feels high levels of stress. It is the “fight or flight” hormone, which is meant to help you in a trying situation but is extremely unhealthy to maintain at high rates in your body. Stress is incredibly unhealthy on your body for a variety of reasons. It decreases the immune system and slows metabolism.
Over time, rosemary may be able to help maintain low stress levels by producing carnosic acid in the body, a protein vital to cell growth and maintenance of nerve tissue. This means over time, with regular rosemary use, you can handle higher levels of stress in your day-to-day life.
Like all natural remedies, don’t expect instant results. Prolonged incorporation of rosemary edibles and topicals into your everyday life is far more effective than a pharmaceutical quick fix in the long run.
Here are some great ways to incorporate rosemary into your every day life:
Put It On Your Skin. When applied to your skin rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties that shrink insect bites and blemishes. Because it increases circulation in the body it may improve circulation in the skin. The scent on your skin is relaxing and de-stressing.
We like Avalon Organics Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion because it goes on light and smooth, absorbs quickly and has just the right level of rosemary scent to have an immediate calming effect. It contains vitamin E, aloe and coconut oil so prolonged use will soften skin and give it an immediate boost of moisture without a greasy feeling. Skin will feel silky for hours after application. We’ve also found it useful as a light insect repellent and soothing for after-sun exposure.
It is 70% organic, packaged in recycled materials and does not contain phthalates or parabens. Most importantly, at $12 a bottle, it is affordable.
Drink It. Rosemary tea is known to alleviate headaches like aspirin without the side effects some people OTCs. It’s a quick way of getting it in to your body and feeling the calming, anti-inflammatory effects much quicker.
Eat It. Take a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary and place them in a sealable oil jar. Fill the jar with extra virgin olive oil and seal in a cool dark place. Begin using in all recipes in about a week.