Rosemary

By Ellie Fisher

Rosemary grows EVERYWHERE around the Geelong community, but did you know that you can use it for way more than just flavouring your Sunday Roast?

Rosemary contains volatile oils – the things that give it that beautiful smell – to assist in circulation to peripheral blood vessels, particularly of the scalp to help hair follicles grow strong! Eating rosemary fresh in salads, soups and smoothies supplies a greater volatile oil content than rosemary that has been roasted.

Rosemary also acts a gentle stimulant to the brain, making it a great way to increase your alertness without making you feel anxious…Consider having a sprig of rosemary nearby when studying or preparing for important meetings to increase memory function and concentration.

Rosemary also is a direct stimulant to the liver, helping to clear toxic wastes out and increase bile production that boosts our digestive function! Consuming rosemary as a tea (2 sprigs steeped in hot water for 5 minutes) has direct actions on the gut that can benefit your digestion!

Rosemary also contains Rosemarinic Acid which is a powerful antioxidant. Useful in the winter months when colds and flus are on the increase, rosemary can help boost your immune function and fend off bad bugs!

This simple ingredient is good for your blood, brain, immune system and digestion!

How could you add a little extra rosemary to your diet?

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