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The Natural Benefits of Everyday Foods: Rosemary


This woody, fragrant herb does more than upgrade the flavor of a winter pot roast.

What It Has

Polyphenols: These antioxidants can help reduce the heterocyclic amines (HCAs), chemicals that form on the surface of meat cooked at high temperatures (such as frying or grilling).

The compounds in rosemary oil have been found to improve digestion, as well as boost concentration and mood.

Expert Take:

Rosemary’s antioxidants can also help soothe skin and clear stuffy noses, says Kristina Conner, N.D., a naturopathic physician and a professor at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.

Natural Benefits of Rosemary

Clear Out Sinuses: Rosemary’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help clear congested nasal passages. Combine 1 Tbsp dried rosemary (or ½ Tbsp 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.

Soothe Your Scalp: Relieve dandruff with Tbsp dried rosemary per 1 cup of boiled water. Steep for 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 A Marinade: Research has shown that HCAs can be reduced by using a marinade containing antioxidants. Mix 1 Tbsp dried rosemary per 1 cup of red wine with garlic. Marinate about 3 hours before cooking.

Source: Prevention Magazine, Healing Kitchen the natural benefits of everyday foods (2019)

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