Latin: Rosmarinus officinalis L.
Synonyms: Polar plant, compass weed, compass plant, Rosmarinus coronatium.
Evergreen shrub, leaves up to 2.5cm, dark green upper and paler underneath.
Pungently aromatic odour.
Small, two lipped pale blue flowers.
Parts used: Herb.
Flavonoids; apigenin etc.
Diterpenes and triterpenes.
Nervine, anodyne, antiseptic.
Antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral effects are useful for infections – and action on smooth muscle may reduce spasmodic coughs.
Thought to be effective in strengthening the small blood vessels and capillaries.
May facilitate improved brain function, and thereby has been used for dementia and memory.
Well known and widely used culinary herb, generally safe in herb form.
Seek advice when using essential oils or extracts.
Traditionallyknown as the herb of remembrance as it is said to improve memory.