Rosemary - Rosmarinus Officinalis

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This Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Leaf.

Taste/smell: Aromatic, spicy.

Tendencies: Warming, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Nervine, (b) Astringent, (c) Diuretic, (d) Carminative, (e) Emmenagogue, (f) Abortifacient, (g) Cholagogue, (h) Choleretic, (i) Antispasmodic.

Rosemary is a tonic to vasomotor function  (actions of nerves and muscles that cause a blood vessel to dilate or constrict)and peripheral circulation as well as soothing the nervous system. It is used for atonic conditions of the stomach, headaches associated with indigestion, circulatory weakness and low blood pressure following stress or illness. Additionally, the essential oil can be used as an external analgesic for rheumatism and as a circulatory stimulant.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effect.

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