Dried or used fresh in culinary dishes or extracted as an oil and used in hand creams, soaps, and applied topically to treat chronic dry skin (eczema) and ward off insects—it would seem that rosemary has limitless uses.
Let’s find out the true health benefits this fresh, pine-filled herb…
1. The Origin of Rosemary
Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, grows as a woody, perennial evergreen shrub with pink, purple, blue, or white flowers. This fragrant herb is native to the Mediterranean and Asia, where it’s long been a triple threat as far as its many culinary, aromatic, and therapeutic purposes.
A popular fragrance, rosemary oil is often applied as a perfume, dispersed in air fresheners, burned as incense, and infused into body creams, shampoos, and cleaning products for its pleasing pine and subtle peppermint scent.