Rosemary has much more to offer than being the well known aromatic culinary herb. As a medicine it has many different uses both internally and externally. Taken by mouth, Rosemary is used to help improve circulation for cold hands and feet.
It can help digestive upsets by easing cramping and lessening flatulence. Conditions appropriate for treatment with rosemary include gas and bloating as well as headache or depression caused by exhaustion. Applied externally, it helps ease muscular pain, sciatica, and neuralgia. Rosemary has been renowned as a memory aid though there are no studies to prove this.
Rosemary is renowned as a beauty herb, and has been used for centuries as a cosmetic, mainly in products for the hair and scalp. It acts as a stimulant both to hair follicles and circulation in the scalp, and so may be useful for treating premature baldness. Rosemary essential oil is most effective for this purpose. Rosemary has also been used in products for the face and skin, as it is a valuable astringent which is most widely used on oily skin. Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean and is probably one of the most widely used spices in cooking across the world. Rosemary can also be taken as a tincture or a tea.