Whole fresh or dried or powdered, essential oil
Flavonoids, Rosmarinic acid, Diterpenes, Volatile oil, Rosmaricine, Tannins
Rosemary is a perennial herb in the mint family that occurs naturally throughout the Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated elsewhere. The herb gets its name from the Latin ros and marinus that means "dew of the sea" because it hardly needs any more moisture than that provided by sea breeze.
A good source of fiber, calcium and iron, rosemary adds earthy goodness to soups, stews, breads and roasted meats and vegetables.
Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many
culinary and medicinal uses. The plant is said to improve the memory.
The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffing and roast
The leaves, both fresh and dried, are used in traditional Italian cuisine.
They have a bitter, astringent taste and are highly aromatic, which
complements a wide variety of foods.Herbal tea can be made from the leaves. When burnt, they give off a mustard-like smell and a smell similar to burning wood, which can be used to flavor foods while barbecuing. Rosemary is high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6, 317 mg, 6.65 mg and 0.336 mg per 100 g, respectively. Rosemary extract has been shown to improve the shelf life and heat stability of omega 3-rich oils, which are prone to rancidity.
Rosemary oil is used for purposes of fragrant bodily perfumes or to emit an aroma into a room. It is also burnt as incense, and
used in shampoos and cleaning products.
Hungary water was first prepared for the Queen of Hungary Elisabeth of Poland to " ... renovate vitality of paralyzed limbs ... " and to treat gout. It was used externally and prepared by mixing fresh rosemary tops into spirits of wine. Don Quixote (Part One, Chapter XVII) mixes it in his recipe of the miraculous balm of Fierabras.
Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory and has been used as a symbol for remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia. Mourners would throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia says, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance." (Hamlet, iv. 5.)
Rosemary contains a number of potentially biologically active compounds, including antioxidants carnosic acid androsmarinic acid. Other chemical compounds include camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, rosmaridiphenol and rosmanol. Rosemary antioxidants levels are closely related to soil moisture content.
Rosemary is used as antiseptic and anticellulite. It helps regrow mice hair exposed to and growth stunted by testosterone.
In research have seen to increase the activity of Quinone Reductase and to enhance the production of Nerve Growth Factor.