Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
You will often see this little plant sold as mini-Christmas trees in health food stores or plant shops, but it’s more than just an ornamental or for cooking.
Medicinal Properties: Breathing in the aroma from Rosemary oil can open restricted bronchial tubes during an asthma attack and also open restricted sinuses. Rosemary is a more stable food preservative than BHT or BHA, it just doesn’t taste that good with all foods which is why it is not used for this purpose.
Use of rosemary has also been studied and proven to reduce the probability of getting mammary tumors by 47%. Internally it has been used for headaches and migraines, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation and digestive problems. Externally it is used for neuralgia, arthritis, muscle injuries, dandruff, and hair loss. It is said to bring out the highlights in brunette hair.
How to Use: As a hair oil (We carry Weleda’s rosemary hair oil – see body care), tea, or essential oil for external use only, diluted with olive oil.
Warning: Excess causes abortion and convulsions.
Growing: Rosemary is a Mediterranean plant, so it likes high humidity and moist but not soggy soil. It also likes it warm but not necessarily direct sun (depends on where you live).
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.