As I write this, I am sitting outside, looking at my garden — admiring the bees that are dancing around our newly blossomed tree. In my family, growing our own vegetables and herbs has always been the norm — passed down from one generation to the next.
Although I can barely wait to see the first tomato or hot pepper appear, nothing beats my herb garden. From lemon balm to basil, chives to parsley, my deck is full of herbs, including my favorite — rosemary. With its rich and interesting history, rosemary is much more than a culinary seasoning.
Rosemary: An all-natural pain reliever
There are very few ailments that lead me to take medication; when I have a sinus infection, I whip up a variety of home remedies, including raw garlic and raw apple cider — not exactly my husband’s favorite. Of course, there are some instances when you need to see a physician, so if you are unsure of any current symptoms, seek a professional opinion.
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What I’m talking about today is something which many of us experience far too often — a headache. Some experience tension or sinus headaches, while others suffer from migraines.
All too familiar?
Well then say hello to rosemary, an herb that is known to improve memory, stimulate hair growth, support circulation — and, of course, relieve pain.
Native to the Mediterranean, rosemary can be applied topically, inhaled through aromatherapy methods or made into a liquid extract, tincture or tea. Within one Korean study, published in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing (Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi), various essential oils were studied.
When combined with a mixture of carrier oils, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils were all shown to significantly reduce pain and depression among hospital patients. These benefits can also be utilized for individuals who suffer from sore muscles and joints — including arthritis.
When applied directly to the temple, rosemary can relieve both tension headaches and migraines. Since headaches are commonly caused by muscle tension or joint pain, rosemary is an effective treatment, especially when combined with lavender and peppermint essential oils.
If you believe that you’re having headaches due to stress, the combination of rosemary and lavender essential oil will also help reduce cortisol levels. Within another key study, published in Psychiatry Research, it was found that inhaling these two essential oils for five minutes reduced cortisol in saliva, protecting the body against oxidative stress.