Rosemary Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Rosemary Herb

  • Rosemary herb contains the antioxidant rosmarinic acid and a good number of health benefiting essential oils including a-pinene, borneol, bornyl acetate, camphene, cineol and many others. These compounds are recognized to have anti-allergic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and rubefacient properties.
  • Rosemary leaves are rich in the antioxidant vitamin C; around 22 mg in every 100 g. It is essential for the collagen synthesis. Collagen is the key structural protein needed for sustaining the integrity of skin, blood vessels, bones and organs.
  • Rosemary leaves deliver only 131 kcal in every 100 g with no cholesterol. Besides nutrients the herb has a lot of significant non-nutrient compounds like dietary fiber.
  • The herb has good amounts of retinol or vitamin A; 2924 IU in every 100 g. Vitamin A has proven to contain antioxidants and is important for good eyesight.
  • Rosemary is extremely rich in B-complex vitamins, for example riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and folic acid (vitamin B9). It is among the herbs that have the highest amounts of folates; delivering 109 mcg in every 100 g. Folates are essential in DNA synthesis and can help protect against neural tube defects that usually happen to the newborn.
  • The herb is an excellent source of minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Rosemary is rich in iron, containing 6.65 mg In every 100 g of fresh rosemary leaves. Iron, when present in the red blood cells, helps increase the oxygen carrying capacity. 

Facts about Rosemary Herb

Fresh Rosemary Herb Leaves

Rosemary plant is an evergreen shrub found in Mediterranean that is largely grown across the world due to its flavorful and fragrant leaves. It is known as Rosmarinus officianalis in Latin, and the word rosmarinus stands for "dew of the sea".

When cooking with rosemary, the fragrant leaves are used to make sauces, to barbecue with, to rub meats and in many different ways.

Rosemary oil is often used to produce toners for men to apply after shaving, or to enhance their skin, and it is also employed to scent toners and moisturizers for women.

Rosemary Nutrition Information and Calories

Nutrition Facts of 1 g Fresh Rosemary
Calories 2 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g


Rosemary Recipe

Chilled Ginger Rosemary Tea

Make: 2 glasses

2 cups green tea, cooled
1/4 cup rosemary tea
8 ice cubes
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey

Mix all the ingredients in an electric mixer. Blend for half a minute or until smooth. Pour into 2 serving glasses and serve.

Rosemary Side Effects

Rosemary is usually safe when taken in quantities used in foods, and quite safe for the majority to take as oral medicine, put on to the skin, as well as breathed in as aromatherapy.

On the other hand, the undiluted oil is harmful to take orally. Eating large quantities of rosemary may also lead to vomiting, kidney irritation, uterine bleeding, skin redness, increased sun sensitivity and allergies.

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