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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Emmenagogue, Stimulant, Stomachic. The Stimulant action of rosemary helps promote Liver function, the production of bile, and proper Digestion. It also acts to raise Blood Pressure and improve Circulation. Because of the genuine danger of Poisoning, however, rosemary is more often used externally. Leaves cooked in wine or salve made from rosemary oil is useful for Rheumatism, scrofulous Sores, Eczema,
Bruises, and Wounds. An infusion of the leaves has also been used, alone or with borax, as a Scalp wash to prevent baldness. Rosemary tea makes a good mouthwash for Halitosis, too. CAUTION: Excessive amounts of rosemary taken internally can cause fatal Poisoning.

Rosemary is a Tonic, Astringent, Restorative herb that relaxes spasm and increases the rate of perspiration, while stimulating the Liver and gallBladder. It improves Digestion and Circulation and controls pathogenic organisms. It has AntiBacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, spasmolytic, Antioxidant, smooth Muscle modulating, Analgesic, venoTonic, as well as Anti-inflammatory properties.

It is used with great success for dyspeptic complaints, Flatulence and to stimulate Appetite and the secretion of gastric juices.

It is also used as supportive therapy for Rheumatism and circulatory problems.

In herbal preparations it can be included to ensure proper Circulation to the Penis.

Furthermore it is used for Headaches, as well as for Nervous complaints.

Mental Concentration and Stimulation - Rosemary helps boost recall and mental clarity by working directly on the central Nervous system

Externally, rosemary helps to increase Circulation and is very often used in Hair care products and lotions as it stimulates the Hair follicles to renewed activity and prevent premature baldness.

It has two important properties - it is an outstanding free radical scavenger and therefore has amazing Antioxidant properties, and secondly has an remarkable stimulating effect on the Skin.

Apart from this, it has good antiSeptic properties and is traditionally used for Hair and Scalp stimulation, as well as Anti-Aging products.

It has rubefacient properties and therefore is most useful when an increase of blood flow is required or when below-par Circulation needs to be rectified.

It can also be used in mouth rinses and Gargles; and is applied topically to stimulate Circulation.

It has Analgesic as well as AntiBacterial, Antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.

This essential oil helps to clear the mind, sharpen the Memory and boost the central Nervous system. So it also counteracts fatigue. In the body
it helps to clear Respiratory Congestion, including sinuses and relieving Catarrh and Asthma. Its Analgesic properties are useful for treating Rheumatism, Arthritis and sore stiff Muscles. Furthermore, it stimulates the Liver and gall Bladder and helps to lower high Blood Sugar.

On the Skin, it has a tightening effect and reduces Bloating and puffiness.In Hair care, it stimulates Hair growth and fights Scalp problems.

Recent research is now revealing even more benefits attached to this remarkable herb, including its ability to help prevent Cancer and age-related Skin damage, boost the functioning of the Liver and act as a mild Diuretic to help reduce Swelling.

Two of the most important ingredients in rosemary, which are thought to be largely responsible for many of these therapeutic actions, are caffeic Acid and rosemarinic Acid - both are potent Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory agents. These two natural Acids are effective at reducing
Inflammation which may contribute to Asthma, Liver disease and Heart disease.

Rosemary is proving an important defence against Cancer. The Antioxidants contained in rosemary help to protect your body's cells from damage by free radicals. They include monoterpenes, phenolic diterpenes and flavonoids, which are renowned for their ability to slow down the production of free radicals.

Rosemary helps minimise the effects of aging on your Skin.

Another benefit rosemary extract has been shown to possess is an ability to inactivate Toxins and then eliminate them from your Liver, before they can inflict any serious damage.

Warning: Pregnant women should not take rosemary extract. In addition, you should not take rosemary supplements if you suffer from high Blood Pressure or epilepsy