Rosemary: Practice Points – Patient Counselling

Rosemary is widely used as a food seasoning and preservative.

Rosemary extract exhibits antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and chemoprotective activity in various in vitro and experimental models.

Rosemary oil is widely used to assist in concentration and memory and to stimulate blood flow.

• Traditionally, it has been used to relieve stomach, gall bladder and menstrual cramps, but its internal use has not yet been significantly investigated in controlled studies.

Rosemary is generally safe when the leaves are consumed in dietary amounts, although excessive intake may cause stomach irritation and seizures in susceptible people.