Rosemary Tincture

Rosemary Tincture
Headaches, nerves, anxiety & depression, improve memory, sciatica, high blood pressure, immune system, strengthen hair, wounds & bites.
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Rosemary, the Queen of Vitality, is famously called the herb of remembrance and has long been used to remember a loved one or event, such as in weddings and funerals.

Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to:

  • Improve memory
  • Relieve muscle & joint pain and spasm
  • Stimulate hair growth
  • Support the circulatory and nervous systems 
  • High in antioxidants
  • Indigestion
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Bacterial infections
  • Colds & Flu

Rosemary is not only known for its taste and smell; it is also renowned for the many health benefits it possesses.
A good source of iron, calcium and vitamins A, C, and B-6, rosemary has been used for its medicinal purposes for centuries.

Improve memory - Rosemary was traditionally used to improve memory, and herbalists often recommend that students smell a sprig while studying and then again while taking their exams.
Rosemary is considered a cognitive stimulant and can help improve memory performance and quality. It is also known to boost alertness, intelligence, and focus.
Not only does rosemary help with short-term memory, it may also have a role in preventing and addressing Alzheimer’s.

Muscle & joint pain - Rosemary has long been used for inflammatory pain such as arthritis. Herbalists recommend both taking it internally and using it externally over the affected areas. One scientific study has validated this use and showed that a proprietary extract of rosemary decreased arthritic pain in human volunteers. It also decreased their levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker for systemic inflammation that leads to pain.

Hair growth - Historically, rosemary has been used to stimulate hair growth. In one study of 84 people with alopecia areata (a disease in which hair falls out, generally in patches), those who massaged their scalps with rosemary and other essential oils (including lavender, thyme, and cedarwood) every day for 7 months experienced significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils.

Circulation and heart - While not thought of as a primary herb for the heart, rosemary can be used to increase circulation and decrease inflammation in the cardiovascular system. British herbalist Jeremy Ross recommends rosemary combined with hawthorn for people with cardiac weakness alongside depression.

High in antioxidants - Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Antioxidants can neutralize harmful particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death.

Indigestion - Rosemary is often used for digestion problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. Rosemary made into a tea can ease slow or cold digestion that is causing gas, nausea, cramping, or bloating.
One reason that rosemary is often paired with fatty meats like lamb—along with the delicious taste combination—is for its ability to support the liver and help digest fats.

Stress & anxiety - The aroma of rosemary has been linked to improving mood, clearing the mind, and relieving stress in those with chronic anxiety or stress hormone imbalances. To create an anti-stress aromatherapy spray, simply combine in a small spray bottle 6 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of vodka, and add 10 drops of rosemary oil. Use this spray at night on your pillow to relax, or spray it into the air indoors any time to relieve stress.

Bacterial infections - Rosemary is specifically powerful against bacterial infections. It is linked to preventing staph infections. And several studies show that rosemary inhibits food-borne pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes, B. cereus, and S. aureus.

Colds & Flu - Delicious and warming rosemary herbal tea can bring welcome relief during the cold and flu season. Relieve a sore throat with sips of rosemary tea or a spoonful of rosemary-infused honey. Drinking hot rosemary tea helps to warm you up during the first stages of a fever, when you feel cold and are shivering.
It can also be a supportive herb in helping with stagnant congestion in the sinuses and lungs. (For this effect it combines well with ginger.)

Emotionally - Rosemary is associated with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion, and procreation, which correlates with some of Rosemary’s energetic properties. Rosemary connects us to gratitude, love, culinary ecstasy, and self-care wishlists. Rosemary will help spark the remembrance of gratitude and joy year-round.
It has strong feminine energy and is also known to attract love (it was believed that if you placed a sprig of rosemary under your pillow, it would reveal the identity of your soulmate in a dream).
Bathing with rosemary will help you to relax and will assist you in achieving emotional balance. It will also rid your body, mind, and spirit of negative energies and encourage positivity.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is safest to avoid rosemary in large doses. Normal culinary amounts are fine. The essential oil should also be avoided.
Rosemary may lower blood glucose. Those taking insulin should continue to monitor their blood glucose levels.

Tinctures are a liquid extract made by steeping fresh organic herbs in alcohol. Tinctures are the most concentrated form of herbal medicine and if taking internally (consult a herbalist) are best taken under the tongue where they directly enter the blood stream. They are very strong and may be taken diluted in water, juice or tea.

Ingredients: organically grown Rosemary, Kerikeri-made pure grain alchocol.