English name: Rosemary Extract
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary also called scientifically as Rosmarinus Officinalis belongs to the Laminaceae – mint family. The extract is obtained from rosemary leaves. Demand for natural and pure substances including pure essential oils has been growing. Rosemary extract in its purest form is obtained by the SCFE Co2 extraction method. To get pesticide free, solvent free, pure and non toxic essential oil it goes through specific pressures and temperatures.
The name rosemary is derived from the Latin word ‘Ros’ and ‘marinus’ meaning dew of the sea. In Greek it is termed as ‘anthos’ also which means flower. Carolus Linnaeus a taxonomist and naturalist from the 18th century named this genus.
Rosemary extract has anti tumor, anti inflammatory and anti cancer properties. It is rich in anti inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. It is enriched with nutrients like carbohydrates, energy, sugars, protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B, B6, B12, C, zinc, sodium, potassium, niacin, folate, carnosic acid, rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid.
Rosemary has a number of health benefits. It improves circulation of blood and gives the immune system a boost. It has the capacity to neutralize harmful free radicals. In European regions, it is a popular remedy for treating indigestion. Extensive studies on rosemary oil indicate that it can enhance concentration, promotes eye health, memory, prevent macular degeneration, improve cognitive performance and offer protection to the brain from aging.
On breast carcinoma cells and human leukemia it has a differential anti – proliferative effect. It is used in the making of medications for thinning blood, high blood pressure treatment and manic depression. It is also a diuretic.
For its potential benefits to health, rosemary extract is used in making perfumes and as a culinary condiment. Anti inflammatory and antioxidant agents present in the oil helps it lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, heart and liver disease, asthma, breast cancer, skin damage, stimulates sexual organs, ease cramps and regulate menstrual cycle. In aromatherapy it is used as a decongestant and inhalant.
It has properties of relieving pain and has been used as a stimulating and warming drink for centuries for easing out rheumatism and headache symptoms and improving circulation. It aids concentration, focus, combats oral bacteria and eases scabies associated pain. If consumed in large quantities it can lead to adverse reactions like pulmonary edema, vomiting, spasm or even coma. Rosemary extract is used by some women for causing abortions and for increasing menstrual flow. In perfumes and soaps, it is used as a fragrant component and also in some beverages.
If rosemary extract is taken in low doses, it can be really safe. Some of the side effects which rarely trigger are coma, vomiting and spasms. Miscarriage could be caused due to high dosage. Nursing and pregnant women should avoid taking supplemental rosemary extract. It is best to take the advice of a good healthcare professional first before administering it. People suffering from epilepsy and high blood pressure must avoid rosemary extract intake.