With the arrival of spring just around the corner, we start to look forward to all the fresh scents of the spring season. One of the scents that comes to mind is rosemary. Rosemary has quite a history of love, remembrance and also numerous medicinal properties. Below is a brief review of this amazing herb as well as a delicious rosemary smoothie recipe to try at home.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is native to the Mediterranean region and is in the same family as mint. It’s a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. It has a strong, fresh, camphor-like scent with a woody undertone.
In the past, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies and thought to be a love charm. The bride was adorned with a rosemary headpiece, which symbolized fidelity, love, abiding friendship and remembrance of the life the woman had led prior to her marriage. The groom, along with wedding guests, would also wear a sprig of rosemary as a symbol of love and remembrance.
Rosemary also has a reputation for strengthening the memory. Greek scholars were even known to intertwine rosemary in their hair when studying for exams in the hope of aiding their memory.
Rosemary contains a number of phytochemicals, including rosmarinic acid, camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, and the antioxidants carnosic acid and carnosol. These phytochemicals, have been considered possible drugs for millennia.
Below is a list of four reasons why we love rosemary:
- Antioxidant & Cancer Combatant: Contains the antioxidants carnosol, rosmarinic and carnosic acid which function as powerful antioxidants and anticarcinogens.
- Pain Relief: Contains camphor which stimulates nerve endings that relieve symptoms such as pain and itching when applied to the skin.
- Beauty Benefits: Contains caffeic acid which shows powerful antioxidant activity along with increasing collagen production and prevention of premature aging.
- Antibacterial & Anti-Fungal: Rosemary is proven to contain powerful antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. In fact, in one phytotherapy research study, rosemary essential oil was shown to possess significant antimicrobial effects against three Gram-positive bacteria, three Gram-negative bacteria and two fungi as well as Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans.
Adding Rosemary In Your Diet
We love to cook with rosemary too! Below you will find one of our favorite green smoothies recipes that contains fresh rosemary. This smoothie is packed with vitamins and health-promoting properties. Yum!
Rosemary Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup water or almond milk
- 1 organic banana
- 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
- 1 cup organic baby spinach
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar (optional)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 serving of your preferred green superfood powder
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender for 30-45 seconds or until smooth. Enjoy!
We would love to hear from you! Do you use fresh or dried rosemary or rosemary essential oil? If so, share your favorite recipes or tips on using rosemary below.