Rosemary Leaf has been historically known for its ability to support memory and it had great symbolism attached to it as a plant of love and loyalty because it was traditionally used at weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies. Because rosemary is known as the “herb of remembrance” greek students would wear rosemary while taking exams as it was believed that the scent of the plant boosted the brain’s power to remember.
A common herb found in spice racks in every home all over the world, rosemary is a wonderful flavoring agent and food preservative native to the mediterranean. Due to its nourishing and protective qualities it is also commonly used as an ingredient in soaps, lotions, creams, mouthwash and toothpaste. Rosemary also has a wonderful taste and aroma which is what contributes to its nourishing benefits. Our sense of smell is often a primary indicator if something appeals to our taste buds. While part of the mint family, rosemary has a warmer, bitter and more astringent flavor that can easily enhance any dish you put on your dinner table. Along with its list of powerful constituents the rosemary plant is also a nourishing source of vitamins A, C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium.
Scientists have discovered a phytochemical found in the rosemary leaf called carnosic acid which may provide a multitude of nourishing benefits. While found in smaller amounts in the commonly used herb sage, rosemary is the true leader of the pack when it come to this powerful compound. Based on extensive research, the antioxidant properties found in carnosic acid may support the brain to ward off the effects of oxidative stress. By supporting the body’s ability to stimulate nerve growth factor synthesis and healthy circulation (specifically within the brain). This powerful constituent may support a healthy nervous system to prevent the development of neurodegenerative conditions. Researchers use the term “pathological-activated therapeutic” to describe the possible effect carnosic acid has on the brain and nervous system. According to the research, Carnosic acid does not randomly target free radicals in the brain until they begin to cause damage to neurological cells. Because the free radical response is a natural defense mechanism small amounts are needed to stop the ravaging of specific free radicals. This therapeutic effect may prevent an indiscriminate elimination of all free radicals. Although that may seem beneficial, it is not. When we destroy all free radicals it lowers our body’s defense to effectively destroy them through a healthy immune system response. What makes this so exciting is that science is beginning to understand “plant intelligence” and their ability to perform only targeted functions when needed in order to keep the body’s immune defenses active for a more comprehensive healing.
Another compound found in rosemary which is taking the science world by storm is rosmarinic acid. This phytochemical is similar to the caffeic acid ester found in coffee and a member of the polyphenol group. Polyphenols have shown to have powerful antioxidant properties and produce many supportive benefits. This specific polyphenol is also commonly found in sage, basil and oregano. Rosmarinic acid has been shown to support the body’s ability to have a healthy inflammatory response. Perilla, also rich in rosmarinic acid, is a great example of a food known for its ability to support a healthy response to allergies. A study by Sanbongi C and colleagues (Clinical and Experimental Allergy, June 2004) have shown that the oral administration of rosmarinic acid is possibly an effective intervention for asthma due to allergies. Another study by Youn J and colleagues (Journal of Rheumatology, June 2003) demonstrated that rosmarinic acid may suppress synovitis in mice and that it may possibly be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike antihistamines, rosmarinic acid may possibly prevent the activation of immune responder cells, which cause swelling and fluid formation.
Rosemary is yet another wonderful example of nature’s pharmacy and plant intelligence. We are understanding that plants do in fact have a form of intelligence and an ability to learn with an advanced network system of communication between each other and nature. The simple things in life often have the most profound effects.
Some possible traditional uses of our Rosemary Leaf Extract Powder 20% may include:
- May have powerful antioxidant properties
- May work as a natural food preservative
- A natural flavoring agent
- May support a healthy inflammation response
- May support a healthy immune system response
- May support a healthy response to allergies
- May support a healthy brain and nervous system
- May support short and long term memory
- May support healthy circulation
- May support a target specific effect on the nervous system scientists call pathological-activated therapeutic
Constituents of Rosemary extract include:
- 1,8-cineole, acetic acid, camphor, carnosol, carvacrol, caryophyllene, chlorogenic acid, geraniol, hesperidin, limonene, luteolin, rosmarinic acid, salicylates
Suggested Use: Mix 1/4 teaspoons to recipes, juice or add to your favorite smoothie.
Mixing Suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic ginger and cinnamon powders.
Botanical Name: Rosmarinus Officinalis.
Other Names: Polar plant, Compass-weed, Rosmarinus coronarium, Incensier, Dew of the Sea, Incensier, Mary's Mantle, Mi-tieh-hsiang, Polar Plan.
Parts Used: Leaf.
Ingredients: Rosemary Leaf Extract (carnosic acid 20%).
Origin: Grown and extracted in China. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Rosemary Leaf Extract Powder passes our strict quality assurance which typically includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Rosemary Leaf Extract Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Rosemary Leaf Extract Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.