Have you ever wondered why rosemary is a long-standing symbol of loyalty and remembrance? This fragrant herb naturally grows on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula ¾, where the first Anzacs fought during World War I ¾, which is why Australians usually wear rosemary sprigs as a gesture of devotion on Anzac Day or Remembrance Day.
What Is Rosemary?
Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen herb indigenous to the Mediterranean. It belongs to the Lamiaceae (mint family), which includes many other herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, and lavender. The leaves are often great for seasoning fresh or dried foods because of their strong, slightly bitter flavor.
What Are The Uses Of Rosemary?
The herb’s healing properties have been recognized since ancient times. Rosemary has traditionally been used to enhance memory, strengthen the immune system, relieve muscle pain, and stimulate hair growth.
In addition to being used to make medicine, the rosemary leaf and its oil are frequently used in food.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Rosemary?
Different investigations have focused on the neuropharmacological properties of rosemary. Excellent antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, anti-nociceptive, anti-tumorigenic, and neuroprotective properties are present in rosemary.
Moreover, a study in the Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences verifies that rosemary is a good choice for treating inflammation, relieving pain, reducing anxiety, and enhancing memory.
According to a separate study published on PubMed Central®, Rosmarinus Officinalis has anti-inflammatory and free radical-scavenging properties that can enhance the qualities of cosmetic products (for example, those that fight UV rays, cellulite, and aging).
What Makes Rosemary An Anti-Cancer Food?
Oncology Reports reported a research study showing that “crude ethanolic rosemary extract (RO)” inhibited the growth of human leukemia and breast cancer cells.
Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition published a review reporting that rosemary can inhibit the growth of tumors in various organs, including the breast, colon, stomach, and liver, in addition to leukemia and melanoma cells.
A study showed that cooking ground beef with rosemary extract lessens the possibility of cancer-causing chemicals forming.
Another study put out in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry suggests that rosemary has the potential as an anti-inflammatory and anticancer drug.