Rosemary is a member of the Mint family (Lamiaceae). The first records of rosemary's use as a medicinal herb date back to ancient times in the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The herb was thought to have strong effects on memory and in strengthening the mind.
Later accounts include that of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary, who claimed that drinking rosemary water led to her longevity as she lived beyond 70 years old while suffering from both gout and rheumatic disorder.
Rosemary is an antioxidant and studies have shown that it is great when it comes to treatments recommended to people who have been exposed to radiation.
According to the British Journal of Radiology, rosmarinic acid contains fat soluble canosol and carnosic acid, which have the effect of photo-protector that acts as a scavenger of free radicals, and also as an inducer of your body’s defensive mechanisms.
Studies have shown that the formation of toxic production can be delayed by the use of this rosmarinic acid. Get ready for this one – it provided 3.34 times greater protection when compared to other compounds.
1 cup boiled water
2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary leaves
Mix boiling water and chopped rosemary leaves together and steep for 5-10 minutes before you ingest it.
You can also use some rosemary oil combined with carrier oil, and apply this mixture to your feet every day. Inhalation is another great idea, and you can even use the oil when cooking!
Additional historic uses of the herb include its burning to purify the air near ill people to ward off infection during the plague, and it was also used by the French to kill germs during World War II (by utilising its aromatic/essential oil properties).