Part IV: Fortification, and Restoration
Rosemary has also been known to slow and even reduce tumor growth. According to Herb Wisdom, a “…study was conducted on rats and showed that rosemary, when administered in a powdered format, prevented the effects of carcinogens by 76% and decreased the incidence of tumors in mammary glands.”
Antiviral Another effective relief rosemary provides is for Herpes. Scientists at the University of Sao Paulo discovered the antioxidants in rosemary spice were enough to inhibit the onset and severity of the HSV-1 Virus by 85-86%.
The Fortifier: Immune System
Rosemary is known to boost the immune system. It reduces infection applied externally and for the remedy of bronchial and respiratory infections. Rosemary provides protein, ﬁbre, vitamins, and minerals which are known to have disease preventing properties (United States Department of Agriculture [USDA], 2015).
Revitalization & Youthfulness
“If thou be feeble boyle the leaves in cleane water and washe thyself and thou shalt be shiny… smell it oft and it shall keep thee youngly” – Banckes’ Herbal, 1525
Because of it’s healing qualities Rosemary was the first herb to ever be bottled and sold for commercial use. The herb was popularized across Europe and it’s properties widespread particularly because of its use by royals like Napoleon and the Queen of Hungary.
Rosemary has been used in baths for centuries to preserve youthfulness and the herb was mentioned in de Medicina as a face wash that could keep you young.
It has also been used to combat exhaustion. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine published evidence, “… that the locomotor activity of mice increased significantly by inhalation of rosemary essential oils, which are used in phytotherapy as activating and refreshing remedy for exhaustion.”
Culinary and Food Preservation
In ancient times, rosemary was used to preserve meat. After being wrapped in rosemary, the meat would take on the taste. Because of the pleasant taste and its ability to inhibit “foodborne pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes, B. cereus, and S. aureus,” rosemary found it’s sensual and practical place in the kitchen. Many studies have been done which prove rosemary to be a great alternative to unhealthy industrial food preservatives.