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A fragrant herb that’s more often thought of as a culinary staple than a medicine, rosemary proves valuable during cold season, when it can be employed in soothing soups and teas that help ease sinus pain. Rosemary stimulates circulation and acts as a tonic for the central nervous system. Its scent improves memory and concentration while
providing a quick mood boost.
Parts Used: Leaves
Precautions: Do not use if you are pregnant or if you have epilepsy. Although some calming oils like jasmine, ylangylang, chamomile, and lavender have been shown to prevent seizures, more pungent oils like rosemary, fennel, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, camphor, and spike lavender have been known to trigger epileptic incidents.
Identifying/Growing: Rosemary is a compact shrub with fragrant, elongated leaves and strong, woody stems. Tiny flowers in shades from white to lavender emerge in late summer. While it’s not likely that you’ll find rosemary growing wild, this herb is simple to grow in a warm, sunny spot. Seeds take a long time to mature, so you may find it more convenient to purchase plants from a local nursery. Harvest the leaves early in the morning for stronger flavor and greater efficacy.