Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) From Fir0002/Flagstaffotos


It is always comforting to hear that a study has shown a culinary herb to be beneficial against a condition. One feels that one can hopefully avoid the cost and side effect of of pharmaceuticals. Plus it brings memories of simpler times when individuals had a better chance at health self sufficiency

So here we have a Japanese study showing that Rosemary has  [1] anti-depressant like effects and “…exert multiple benefits for neuronal system and alleviate mood disorder…[through]…regulation of several neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and acetylcholine).

The Livestrong site lists other possible medicinal uses of Rosemary:

  • Cramps: Skin rub

  • Aches and pains: Topical massage with Rosemary oil

  • Arthtritis, as an oral supplement

OK, before you add substantial amounts of rosemary to your diet, or rub its oil on your limbs, you should know that Rosemary can cause allergic skin reactions when used in topical preparations… and Rosemary essential oil may trigger epileptic seizures in individuals prone to it” (Wikipedia). Note that it is also not recommended for pregnant women

So even herbs deserve our respect and caution!

Consult with your herbalist AND your MD before initiating a treatment.


  1. Behavioral Brain Research ; “Rosmarinus officinalis polyphenols produce anti-depressant like effect through monoaminergic and cholinergic functions modulation” ; Oct 2012

  2. Complementary Medical Association. ; Rosemary

  3. Livestrong ; Rosemary

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