Rosemary is and evergreen shrub up to 2 m high, with goody stems and strongly aromatic narrow leaves.
Part of plant used: Leaves
Safety information: Do not use medicinally with epileptics or during pregnancy; food flavoring is safe.
Active ingredients: In the leaves-essential oil with pinene and other fresh aroma-chemicals, also tannins, saponin, and organic acids, giving circulation-stimulant, digestive-tonic, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties.
Culinary use: With lamb, pork, and other meat dishes, in vinegars, marinades, and salad dressings.
Medicinal use: A standard infusion of fresh or dried leaves helps headaches, migraine, and general fatigue as well as indigestion and wind. A herbal oil balm made with equal parts of myrtle, rosemary, and lavender rubbed into skin helps rheumatism. The essential oil is used in muscle balms and sports rubs, as well as in aromatherapy massage for arches and pains and poor circulation.