Rosemary, which has the scientific name Rosmarinus Officinalis, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. Just like Parsley, it is native to the Mediterranean region. It is also a member of the mint family Lamiaceae.
Some of the most interesting and unique health benefits of rosemary include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions.
It is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack, and for good reason, not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our diet.
According to myth, the Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting, and the flowers turned blue. The shrub then became known as the "Rose of Mary". Rosemary was considered sacred to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks as well.
Rosemary can be used in numerous ways. First and foremost, you can use it in your cooking as a garnish or final spice. You shouldn’t cook with rosemary, as this can cause some of the beneficial components to be lost. Topical application of rosemary that has been infused in oil is another popular use. Rosemary poultices and air fresheners are also great uses.