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Rosemary for circulatory problems & more

by Josephine Andrews
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Rosemary can help internally against indigestion and externally against rheumatism. The essential rosemary oil also stimulates the circulation. Read more about the effects, uses and side effects of rosemary here.

What is the effect of rosemary?

The traditional use of rosemary is medically recognized for:

  • Digestive problems such as upper abdominal pain, gas and bloating (internal use)
  • for the supportive treatment of rheumatic complaints and circulatory problems (external use)

These medicinally active substances are found in the leaves of rosemary:

  • essential oil with the main components 1,8-cineol, camphor, terpineol and α-pinene
  • Tannins such as rosmarinic acid
  • Diterpene phenols such as rosmanol
  • phytochemicals such as flavonoids

Overall, the medicinal plant shows the following effects:

  • antispasmodic (spasmolytic)
  • cholagogue, bile flow promoting (cholagogic, choleretic)
  • effective against liver toxins (antihepatotoxic)
  • effective against ulcers (antiulcerogenic)
  • skin irritant
  • circulation-enhancing

Also described are weak antimicrobial and antiviral effects (directed against microorganisms and viruses).

In empirical medicine, rosemary is also recommended for various women’s complaints such as whitish discharge (fluoride albus), nervous menopausal symptoms and menstrual cramps.

The medicinal plant is also said to help with poor memory, headaches and migraines (internal use) as well as sciatica, poorly healing wounds and bruises (external use). In addition, rosemary is sometimes said to have an effect against sexual aversion in women. However, there is no scientific confirmation of this.

How is rosemary used?

The dried leaves (Rosmarini folium), the essential oil obtained from them and various ready-made preparations are used.

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