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17 Impressive Benefits of Rosemary(2 min read)

matt-montgomery-3790 (2)Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant perennial evergreen herb with needle-like leaves with white, pink, blue or purple flowers native to the Mediterranean. The name rosemary derives from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea”, “sea dew.” Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.  Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

Rosemary has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes along with used in recipes for cooking.

For your hair, rubbing rosemary herb extractions over the scalp to stimulate the hair-bulbs, prevent premature baldness and dandruff.

Rosemary has been tested in clinical studies on the list below and has shown positive feedback from them.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

  • Improve mood
  • Relieve pain
  • Protect the immune system
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Detoxify the body
  • Bacterial infections
  • Premature aging
  • Skin conditions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Memory and concentration
  • Digestion
  • Neurological
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hair

Caution:  The essential oil of rosemary is not to be consumed. You can consume rosemary as we have for thousands of years in culinary aspects, but again, not as an essential oil. Don’t forget rosemary is in the mint family, so if you are allergic, be careful.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3624774/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905473/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227022/

http://www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133115/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23921795

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25002023

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/

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4 facts on XingPiJieYu, a Chinese herb for depression, chronic stress, memory and learning.

Chinese Medicine

Depression – Is a mood disorder that causes a constant feeling of sadness and no interest in day to day routines.  It affects how you feel, behave and think.

Depression is usually treated with monoamine-based antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) which are known as Citalopram (Celexa), Escitalopram (Lexapro), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), Sertraline (Zoloft) and Vilazodone (Viibryd) and about  1/3 of depressive patients are not responsive to these anti-depressants.

Side effects from SSRI’s consist of drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, diarrhea, nervousness, agitation or restlessness, dizziness, sexual problems, such as reduced sexual desire or difficulty reaching orgasm or inability to maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction), headache and blurred vision.

Memory and Learning – In Asia, they have been treating depression with Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically a Chinese herb called XingPiJieYu (XPJY) for many years and in a recent 21-day study on rats, studies are showing XingPiJieYu is improving memory and learning by improving the signaling pathway in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a small organ located within the brain’s medial temporal lobe and forms an important part of the limbic system, the region that regulates emotions. The hippocampus is involved in the storage of long-term memory, which includes all past knowledge and experiences.

Chronic Unpredictable Stress (CUS) – According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), There were past studies that showed XPJY improved behavior and depression in CUS in rats, which they say, is as good as sertraline.

The NCBI conclusion read as follows “XPJY has a regulatory effect on depressive behavior in the sucrose preference and open field exploration, and learning and memory in Morris water maze, and the expression of cAMP, PKA, CREB and BDNF in the hippocampus of model rats. The effect is probably achieved mainly by activating cAMP-PKA-CREB-BDNF signaling pathway. This study provides experimental evidence for the clinical application of XPJY in the treatment of depression and related learning and memory impairment.