Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Non-Native

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Parts used: aerial portions

Medicinal uses: Tonic, stimulant, astringent, nervine, anti-inflammatory, carminative; tincture, tea, eat raw; classic digestive, nerve and circulatory tonic; treatment for low energy, low blood pressure, poor circulation; improves memory, gives courage, lifts spirits; rub tincture, tea, or leaves onto areas of poor circulation; rub onto chest to stimulate weak heart; bath can be used as a circulation stimulant; diaphoretic—promotes sweating; essential oil or strong tincture discourages lice

Additional uses: This plant is well known for its culinary uses. A strongly aromatic plant it can be used in sachets to scent clothing, while an infused oil can be added to many skin care products. As a dye plant rosemary can be used to achieve a variety of yellow-green shades with different mordants (Kowalchik 432).

Cautions: Avoid daily use of strong extracts during pregnancy. Avoid direct contact with eyes, sensitive skin, mucous membranes.

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

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