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What other names is Rosemary known by?

Compass Plant, Compass Weed, Encensier, Herbe Aux Couronnes, Old Man, Polar Plant, Romarin, Romarin Des Troubadours, Romero, Rose de Marie, Rose Des Marins, Rosée De Mer, Rosemarine, Rosmarinus officinalis, Rusmari, Rusmary.

What is Rosemary?

Rosemary is an herb. Oil is extracted from the leaf and used to make medicine.

Rosemary is used for digestion problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for gout, cough, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss.

Some women use rosemary for increasing menstrual flow and causing abortions.

Rosemary is used topically (applied to the skin) for preventing and treating baldness; and treating circulation problems, toothache, a skin condition called eczema, and joint or muscle pain such as myalgia, sciatica, and intercostal neuralgia. It is also used for wound healing, in bath therapy (balneotherapy), and as an insect repellent.

In foods, rosemary is used as a spice. The leaf and oil are used in foods, and the oil is used in beverages.

In manufacturing, rosemary oil is used as a fragrant component in soaps and perfumes.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Causing abortions.Taking rosemary by mouth does not seem to cause an abortion.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Age-related mental decline. Early evidence suggests that taking 750 mg of powdered rosemary leaves in tomato juice might improve memory speed in healthy, older adults. However, taking higher doses (150-6000 mg) seems to make memory worse. There is also early evidence that suggests rosemary aromatherapy can improve the quality but not the speed of memory.
  • Hair loss. Early evidence shows that applying rosemary oil with lavender, thyme, and cedarwood oils to the scalp improves hair growth.
  • Stress. Early evidence about the effects of rosemary aromatherapy for anxiety and stress is unclear. Some evidence suggests that rosemary and lavender oil may reduce pulse rates, but not blood pressure, in people taking tests. Other research found that applying rosemary oil to the wrist increased feelings of anxiety and tension during testing.
  • Arthritis. Early research shows that taking a product containing rosemary, hops, and oleanolic acid (NG440 or Meta050) can reduce pain associated with arthritis.
  • Gas (flatulence).
  • Indigestion.
  • Increasing menstrual flow.
  • Gout.
  • Cough.
  • Headache.
  • Liver and gallbladder problems.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Toothache.
  • Eczema.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of rosemary for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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