Rosemary is an incredible herb that you can grow at home or often pick up in the fresh herb section of your local produce section.
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Known for its incredible power to focus the mind, rosemary is something I recommend to anyone who is trying to improve their memory, enhance their mind, focus or even pick up a meditation practice. Before sitting down to write I will sniff the rosemary in my kitchen or eat a single leaf to boost my mind for hours.
Medicinal uses of the incredible Rosemary Herb
Studies have found that rosemary can increase your memory by 75% by sniffing it alone! This is also why it works great as an essential oil and also contains triterpenes, magnesium, calcium, iron, camphors, beta-carotene and vitamin C.
This works because rosemary helps your cells absorb oxygen which enhances your natural breathing while acting as a mild and uplifting stimulant. Rosemary helps the mind with much more than just focus, it also naturally eases headaches and migraines. It has also been known to help treat mild to moderate depression. When I am feeling down and need to bounce back quick, I love to use rosemary.
Because of its natural stimulation effect, rosemary is great for stimulating the circulatory system in people who struggle with low blood pressure or poor circulation. Both dry or fresh rosemary is great to aid your body in digestion! Especially when it comes to digesting starches and fats.
Rosemary also contains antioxidants which when combined with its mild analgesic effects, work great against inflammation of the body. If you are trying to heal your joints or arthritis, you have got to add Rosemary into your life as soon as you can!
Make your own rosemary-lemon thyme infusion tea!
This is a deliciously refreshing, mildly stimulating tea. When it comes to thyme, lemon thyme is one of the nicest ones for tea, but of course, if you don’t have any, any other ones will do just fine. Or if you are feeling really good, try growing some lemon thyme of your own!
How to make an Infusion
Take 4-6 tbsp of your dried herbs (6-8 tbsp if using fresh herbs) into a glass 1-quart jar.
Pour boiling water over the herbs, filling the jar up. Allow to steep for 30-45 minutes (depending on how strong you want you tea, depends on the length of time.)
How to use your Tea
Now sit back, grab your nice hot mug of tea and enjoy at your leisure.
Tea can be a wonderful tool to couple with other remedies when recovering from any illness. If you guys have come across any other awesome herbal teas that you can make at home, feel free to share them in the comments below!
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs. 29, 83-85