Rosmarinus officinalis, popularly known as the rosemary is an evergreen shrub. It is a native to the Mediterranean region.
It is commonly used as a spice in many ethnic cuisines and recipes. Due to its pungent aroma, rosemary has been used as a flavouring agent.
But, more importantly, it has been used for its medicinal qualities for hundreds of years. Rosemary tea helps to support digestion, to promote cognitive function and also acts as an antioxidant, thus providing protection to the body from heart diseases and cancer.
Rosemary tea is derived from the rosemary plant. This plant is basically a woody herb having ever-green, needle-like leaves and beautiful pink, purple or blue flowers.
It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae. A number of other herbs are also present in this family. The name ‘Rosemary’ is derived from the Latin word for “dew” or “dew of the sea”.
Sometimes, the plant is also called ‘anthos’, derived from the Greek word ‘avoc’ which means flower.
Rosemary has a plethora of benefits medicinally.
The earliest mention of this herb has been found to be in England when Rycharde Banckes recommended picking one of the leaves of rosemary, boiling it in water and drinking it. He was of the view that rosemary is beneficial against all the evils of the body.
Rosemary was also considered to be a cure for poor digestion, muscle aches and also joint disorders.
The two main ingredients that are present in rosemary tea are rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid. These are anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.
These ingredients minimize the damage to the body cells from free radicals Rosemary tea also contains carnosol, which helps in the detoxification of the substances which start the process of breast-cancer.
The use of rosemary tea has also been seen in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome which is due to its antispasmodic activity. Rosemary tea is also quite useful in different skin conditions.
It has antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Rosemary is helpful in the treatment of eczema. It stimulates blood flow through the skin and also stops infections.
Some researches even show that rosemary extracts can help in providing protection to the skin from the ultraviolent radiations of the sun. The rosemary tea has also shown very promising results in supporting the circulation in brain and thereby improving the brain performance.
It has a nutrient called carnosic acid. This is a potent antioxidant which protects the neurons from free-radical damage. The patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease benefit from rosemary due to its ability to improve brain circulation.
Rosemary tea can also be used to reduce headaches and anxiety. Rosemary can also help to alleviate the pain of migraines.
It is also a natural remedy for the people suffering from muscle pain, sore muscles and arthritis pain. Rosemary extracts have been used widely to support hair and to prevent hair conditions like alopecia.
Rosemary tea can also be used to support the scalp and the growth of hair. Another major advantage of rosemary tea is that it has anti-aging properties.
It stimulates the cell regeneration and also helps in reducing swelling, raising firmness and hence improving the overall skin tone and complexion.
Rosemary tea is perfect for the people who have respiratory problems. Just the aroma of rosemary tea can help a person suffering from congestion caused due to various reasons like respiratory infections, colds, influenza and allergies.
The tea can also be helpful against the headache usually accompanying respiratory illnesses.