Natural Benefits of Rosemary
Plus, two more healing herbs
This fragrant herb does more than upgrade the flavor of a winter pot roast. Rosemary’s antioxidants can soothe skin, clear stuffy noses, and more, says Kristina Conner, N.D., a naturopathic physician and a professor at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. Try her ideas at home. CLEAR OUT SINUSES
Rosemary’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help clear congested nasal passages and quiet coughing. Combine 1 Tbsp dried rosemary (or ½Tbsp of the fresh version) with 1 cup boiling water in a heatproof bowl, tent a towel over the bowl and your head, and inhale the steam.You can add mint or a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to soften rosemary’s pungency, says Conner. (Avoid this treatment if you have breathing issues.)
SOOTHE YOUR SCALP
Relieve dermatitis or dandruff with 1 Tbsp dried rosemary per 1 cup of boiled water. Steep 1 minute, add 5 drops tea tree oil, then let cool slightly. Massage into hair, leave in for a few minutes, and rinse out. Repeat a few times a week after using shampoo and conditioner.
MAKE AN ANTIOXIDANT MARINADE
Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are chemicals that form on the surface of meat cooked at high temperatures—like when grilling or panfrying—and may increase the risk of cancer. Research suggests that the number of HCAs can be reduced by using a marinade containing antioxidant-rich herbs such as rosemary. Mix 1Tbsp dried rosemary (or ½Tbsp of the fresh kind) per 1 cup of red wine with garlic and other leafy herbs to taste, then marinate about 3 hours before cooking.