Rosemary is great for adding a little extra aroma and flavor to a dish, but the herb is much more than just a fragrant seasoning—it also serves as an effective anti-aging remedy, even for helping you get rosy skin. Whether you are adding it to your diet or trying out homemade rosemary recipes, this herb can provide a long list of benefits.
What Is Rosemary?
Rosemary is a perennial herb (meaning it regrows every year) that comes from the same mint family as other common herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, lavender, sage, and myrtle. The plant is characterized by its deep green leaves resembling pine needles and small purple, white, blue, or pink flowers.
Although the rosemary bush is native to Mediterranean regions, many people now grow the anti-aging herb in their own garden. You can also find dried rosemary leaves in the grocery or health food store, as well as oils and powders made from rosemary extract.
Health Benefits Of Rosemary
The health benefits of rosemary are nothing new – ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman civilizations are believed to have used this anti-aging herb for everything, from wedding and religious ceremonies to boosting memory. Researchers today have a better understanding of the anti-aging herb, and still, the health benefits of rosemary are plenty.
Circulation And The Immune System
Rosemary has proven to be rich in antioxidants. These are known to reduce inflammation, and neutralize free radical damage in the body, which in turn help with boosting your immune system and improving circulation.
Although further research would be useful in this area, in Germany, rosemary has been approved as a natural remedy for indigestion, so it is worth giving a try to see if it works for you.
Cognitive Function And Brain Health
There is a lot of research purporting the brain health benefits of rosemary. A study published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology showed that a certain blood level of a component found in rosemary oil, correlates with better cognitive performance.
The antioxidant carnosic acid found in rosemary has also been shown to prevent neural free radical damage, and Japanese researchers discovered that the anti-aging herb could help prevent aging of the brain.
Another most notable health benefit of rosemary, particularly rosemary extract, is its ability to minimize the formation and proliferation of cancer cells, as shown by various scientific studies.
Anti-Aging Skin Care
Considering all of the health benefits of rosemary, it is no surprise that the herb is an useful ingredient for anti-aging skin care.