For issues with circulation and more, Rosemary herb stands out for its anti-oxidant and mildly stimulating properties. While it is traditionally well known to enhance brain function, improving cerebral blood flow, and memory retention, it also has a pronounced effect on the following systems; digestive, genito-urinary, respiratory and nervous systems.
The unique chemistry of Rosemary enhances circulation, digestion and reproductive health. Rosemary contains bioflavonoids, essential oils, saponins, bitter constituents and minerals. These enable Rosemary to act not only on the circulation, but also assists in the clearing mucous in the respiratory system (saponins), and helps stimulate digestion (bitters & essential oils). It is well known as a traditional culinary herb, for good reason. Rosemary’s essential oil and bitters contents alleviates poor digestion, and well as helps to stimulate bile flow and prodcution in the liver. This can also help to decrease gall stones and liver congestion. Known to increase warmth in the body it is great for anyone suffering from sluggish digestion, and also accompanied by fatigue.
Rosemary helps to increase the digestive and circulatory force by stimulating overall vigour of the body’s chi or life force. It helps tremendously with depression, not only of the elderly with lack of cerebral blood flow, but great for the younger ones in society today that we are losing to fake diagnoses of ADD/ADHD, and over-prescribing of anti-depressants (SSRI’s) that are known to have flouride in the core of the drug molecular structure, and turn users into veritable suicidal homicidal zombies, or at least increases the tendency to be dissociative state – not being fully present and/or aware of ones surroundings. More importantly, these drugs blunt and shut down your connection to your emotional life.
Rosemary is anti-depressant, and was traditionally known (ref Swiss herbalist Otto Brunfels)* to increase ‘courage and pluck’, by making ones disposition a little more Yang, in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) terminology. Rosemary, and other herbs should be a much preferrrable approach to mood/brain function than a toxic by-product of the mining industry, now shouldnt it?
Oats is an example of another herb that would complement the actions of Rosmary for depression, anxiety and overall mood support. Rosemary enhances the capacity for mental and physical work, improves vision, reduces inflammation, and helps restore the brain and glandular system, especially the adrenals and pancreas. Caution to those with serious kidney underfunction (get your eGFR checked if in doubt) as Rosemay does stimulate the kidneys. (or Yin Deficiency with empty heat)*
Siberian ginseng would go great with Rosemary both for mood, libido support and the ubiquitous adrenal exhaustion. When concentrating the cardio-vascular benefits, Hawthorn, Ginkgo and Motherwort herbs come to mind and would fit nicely with the profile and actions of Rosemary.
Speaking of mood, Rosemary has also significant benefit for those, due to stress, poor circulation, or aging, have decreased libido. Rosemary’s effect on both circulation of the periphery, and especially to the gonads ensures its beneficial effects to shore up flagging sexual function. It is good for both impotence and infertility, and PMS with depression.
Finally, as Rosemary’s oil content is significant, it is also a strong anti-baterial, anti-viral and anti fungal. So this can be used in support of infection issues anywhere in the body, especially the urinary and respiratory systems.
Rosemary is best in tincture form, 1-4ml 3 times a day depending on age, body weight and other pre-existing medical conditions. You will have to determine the dose that is right for you, based on why you are taking it, and whether on it’s own or with other herbs. Rosemary has minimal toxicity issues so it can be taken for longer periods of time, e.g several weeks to several months, then take a break. Enjoy!
*(The Energetics of Western Herbs, Peter Holmes)