Rosemary has long been used for culinary and aromatic purposes. It’s also common in traditional herbal medicines. The rosemary bush is found in South America and the Mediterranean region. Rosemary tea has a distinct and pleasant smell and taste and provides many health benefits.
Antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds – Rosemary helps protect the body from oxidative damage and inflammation which can result in chronic diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. Its antioxidant properties make it a natural preservative, increasing the shelf life of perishable foods. Rosemary tea may help to fight infections and helps with wound healing. Rosmarinic and carnosic acid have shown to have antitumor properties and may even slow the growth of leukemia, breast and prostate cancer cells.
Lower blood sugar – High blood pressure poses a threat to your eyes, heart, kidneys and nervous system. It’s essential that anyone who suffers from diabetes properly manages their blood sugar levels. The compounds found in rosemary tea may lower blood sugar, with the carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid offering insulin-like effects on blood sugar. Studies indicate that these compounds increase the absorption of glucose into muscle cells, which works to lower blood sugar.
Enhance mood and memory – Most everyone suffers from stress and anxiety at certain times. Studies have shown that oral dosage of rosemary twice daily for one month can lower anxiety levels and improve sleep quality and memory. Even smelling rosemary has benefits. Inhaling the aroma of rosemary has shown to help concentration, mood and performance. Rosemary tea can help to improve mood by supporting a healthy balance of gut bacteria and lessening inflammation in the hippocampus, the area of the brain linked to emotions, learning and memories.