Nat­u­ral Ben­e­fits of Rose­mary

Plus, two more heal­ing herbs

Prevention (USA) - - CONTENTS - BY ARRICCA ELIN SANSONE

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.

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