Rosemary is a well-known herb with its needle-like leaves, and aromatic scent. Most people know and love it in the kitchen, but did you know how valuable it is for healthy hair and scalp? Well, the secret is out. Here is a brief list of this wonderful herb’s uses and benefits to hair and scalp:
- it gently cleanses hair due to the antibacterial quality of Rosemary
- increases shine
- fights premature graying
- stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp encouraging hair growth
- relieves irritated, dry, flaky, dandruff scalps
Rosemary can be used fresh or dried. If you have an abundance of fresh rosemary, you can always dry it and save for later in a tight lid jar.
As simple as a cup of tea and oh so wonderful to use on your hair and scalp as a: cleansing rinse, treatment to increase shine, prevent those premature gray hairs, treat dandruff and scalp irritation.
Simply boil water, remove from heat and add your rosemary to the water. Allow
to steep for 15-30mins, then sift out the leaves. What’s left is wonderfully infused rosemary water. Use externally on your hair and scalp. DO NOT RINSE OUT! As you rinse your hair and scalp, treat yourself to an invigorating scalp massage.
It’s going to be a good hair day.
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Rosemary is a popular Mediterranean herb used to flavor many soups, sauces, and meat dishes. For centuries, Rosemary has also been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments.
- Cancer Prevention – studies of its efficacy against breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and skin cancer show promising results.
- Improved Memory – research found that rosemary contains carnosic acid that has neuroprotective properties believed to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and normal memory loss that happens with aging. In tests, even the smell of rosemary has been found to improve memory.
- Improved Mood – the same study that found that smelling rosemary improved the memory of test subjects also found that their mood was significantly improved.
- Pain Relief – a popular natural migraine remedy for centuries: boil rosemary in a large pot of water and pour into a bowl, place a towel over your head and lean over the pot to inhale the steam for about 10 minutes. Essential oil of rosemary can be applied topically as a treatment for arthritis, sore muscles, and other joint and muscle pains.
- Anti-Inflammatory – Rosemary contains two potent anti-inflammatories, carnosic acid and carnosol. Studies found that they inhibit an enzyme that causes pain and inflammation in the body, as well as the production of excess nitric oxide, which also plays a role in the inflammatory process.
- Immune Boost – thanks to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties Rosemary can boost not only the immune system but the overall health of the body, and heal in so many ways.
- Antibacterial – studies show Rosemary’s powerful antibacterial properties effective against bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and Staph infections.
- Improve Digestive Health – often used to help treat digestive problems like upset stomach, constipation, indigestion, and much more. Also helps prevent food-borne illnesses when ingested with foods such as meat or eggs.
- Healthy Scalp and Hair– use as hair oil or rinse to stimulate hair growth, improve shine, and get rid of flakes.
- Freshens Breath – can be used as a natural mouthwash: steep fresh rosemary in a pint of heated water, strain and use as a mouth rinse as often as you like. Keep in the fridge, covered.
- Diuretic – can help get rid of bloating and water retention. When used regularly, it may help increase urine flow, kidneys function at optimal levels to get rid of excess water in the body.
- Respiratory Health – the scent of the essential oil may help with congestion due to colds, allergies, respiratory infections, and the flu. Boil fresh rosemary in a pot of water, place it in a bowl, and breathe in the steam to help clear the lungs and throat, relieve sinus or head pain associated with respiratory conditions.
- Detox the Liver – used to treat liver problems for hundreds of years, studies found that rosemary extract reduces cirrhosis, a compound that is toxic to the liver.
- Anti-Aging – a popular ingredient in anti-aging skin creams because it helps reduce puffiness, stimulates cell regeneration, increases firmness, and improves overall skin tone. Rosemary is a natural anti-inflammatory and increases blood flow to the skin.
Precautions: Rosemary is considered safe with no side effects. However, pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts because it may lead to uterine contractions and miscarriage. Since it may raise blood pressure, people with high blood pressure should not take rosemary.
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Herb butter is easy to make and great to use with many dishes: pasta, steamed vegetables, baked potato, corn-on-the-cob, fish, toast, etc. It keeps well in your freezer, and is great to keep on hand for jazzing up those last-minute meals, or add a gourmet touch on special occasions.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Combine all ingredients. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
- 4 ounces cream cheese (fat-free works fine as well)
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- Dash pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon zesty Italian salad dressing mix
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Try this zesty butter on a slice of homemade bread hot from the oven. There is nothing better! The fresh herbs make a little go a long way. You will use less but still get great flavor. It’s also amazing on baked potato.
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne
Mix all ingredients until evenly combined.
Lay about a foot long section of plastic wrap or wax paper on a work surface. Put the herb butter on the bottom center, and form into a mound about 8 inches long. Fold the bottom edge over the butter and roll forward until completely wrapped, forming a tube of butter about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the ends together. Refrigerate until firm or freeze for up to 1 month. Slice as needed.
Go ahead and experiment with herb combinations: Parsley, sage, or a combination of parsley, chives, basil, thyme and tarragon. Chives, chervil, salad burnet, tarragon, cress and capers make a tasty combination as well. Also delicious are: parsley and chives with small amounts of thyme, dill, basil, oregano or rosemary.
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