Rosemary is a versatile, fragrant herb.
This perennial woody herb has a long history of being used for medicinal and health benefits, because it contains antioxidants — and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.
Rosemary is considered a cognitive stimulant and can help improve memory performance and quality. Rosemary has been shown to reduce anxiety, boost mood, concentration and memory. Both smelling and drinking rosemary tea offers these benefits.
Studies suggest that rosemary may prevent the negative effects of brain aging, even suggesting a protective effect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s
Rosemary tea contains compounds that may help lower high blood sugar levels by exerting insulin-like effects and boosting the absorption of glucose into muscle cells.
Rosemary tea contains compounds that help protect your vision as you age by slowing the progression and severity of diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Other potential benefits of the compounds in rosemary tea include:
Benefits heart health. One study found that rosemary reduced the risk of heart failure following a heart attack.
Rosemary is sometimes used to treat indigestion, rosemary is thought to support digestion by promoting a healthy balance of gut bacteria and reducing inflammation.
Boosts weight loss.
Some people claim that using homemade rosemary tea as a hair rinse promotes hair growth. Rosemary oil or extract can reduce hair loss but has to be applied to the scalp.