When discussing the health benefits of rosemary tea with people they are often in disbelief that rosemary was commonly used as tea before it became popular as spice. Rosemary is an evergreen perennial herb whose name comes from the Latin words, “Ros Maris”, which translates to “dew of the sea”. It is traditionally from the Mediterranean region and was later renamed to Rose of Mary in tribute to the Virgin Mother. The rosemary plant is scientifically called Rosmarinus offinalis.
There are many health benefits of rosemary tea. Rosemary has been shown in many studies to help improve memory and recall of past events. This was even regarded in famous works through history; Shakespeare for instance, in his famous work Ophelia – “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance…”. Later on the medieval era, rosemary came to shine as the preferred method of warding off evil spirits. It was often burnt to thwart the black plague from entering the house and to this day it is seen as a cleansing and revitalizing plant, and is used widely used as incense.
Medically speaking though, rosemary’s wonderful attributes can be accredited to its wide array of vitamins – Vitamin A (beta-carotene) , Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, and its high concentration of the chemicals choline and acetylcholine.
Rosemary has been widely linked to the prevention of cognitive disorders. Studied have found that carnosic acid, a compound found in abundance within rosemary may have a positive effect on shielding the brain from free radicals, thus preventing the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Moreover, the compound carnosic acid has been found to be both anti-inflammatory and anticancer agent.
Rosemary has been found in numerous research studies to possess anti-carcinogenic properties. One study showed that powdered rosemary was effective in preventing the binding of carcinogen to normal cells at an astounding 76% success rate, thus significantly reducing the likelihood for tumors to develop.
The wide assortment of health benefits of rosemary tea are also partly attributed to compounds such as camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid and rosmanol. Camphor is a slight antimicrobial substance that has also slight anesthetic properties. It gives rosemary some of its healing powers. Caffeic acid is a compound with anti-carcinogenic properties. It is responsible for rosemary’s unique ability to limit the binding of carcinogens. Betulinic acid is actually harvested out of rosemary to treat malaria and some viral infections. Finally, rosmanol is considered to be an anti-cholesterol compound. It may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
The health benefits of rosemary tea are vast. Rosemary has been around forever and used by every major empire for medicinal and holistic reasons. Modern research has uncovered the secrets of rosemary and rosemary tea, that it is a great drink with many healthy side effects. There are very limited negative reactions to rosemary tea; suffice it to say that the healthy benefits greatly outweigh any negative consequences.