Rosemary Extract

Rosemary Extract

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History is rich with references to rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.), a small, perennial evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean. Egyptians and Greeks considered rosemary to be a sacred plant, associated with love, death, and remembrance. In Egypt rosemary was used to embalm the dead, and sprigs were placed in tombs to symbolize the memory of the departed.

In Medieval times rosemary was considered to be a love charm and a sign of remembrance and fidelity. Believing that rosemary would help a married couple remember their wedding vows, the herb was often placed on the bride's head as a wreath, and rosemary wine was used to toast the couple. As Ophelia says in Shakespeare's Hamlet , "There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance: pray you love, remember."

The Romans believed that rosemary improved memory (the first smart drug?), and students massaged rosemary oil into their forehead and temples before taking examinations. In Greece, healers believed that rosemary could treat problems of the liver, circulation, and digestion. In ancient China the herb was considered effective for treating headaches and, when applied to the scalp, was thought to cure baldness.

Many of the traditional uses of rosemary are supported by modern research. In addition to the essential oil eucalyptol (cineole), researchers have isolated a number of potentially therapeutic compounds, including tannins, flavonoids, caffeic acid derivatives such as rosmarinic acid, and diterpenes such as carnosol or carnosic acid. All of these may have potential therapeutic effects. In recent years, rosemary has developed a reputation for antibacterial and antifungal action, and herbalists recommend that the leaves be used externally for skin infections.

Research into the free-radical quenching effects of rosemary have found it to be a potent antioxidant, possessing greater activity than the common food additives BHT (tert-butyl-4-hydroxytoluene) and BHA (tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisol).The discovery of the antioxidant activity of rosemary in biological systems supports the historical use of rosemary as a preservative for meats and foods.

Rosemary extract acts as a natural anti-oxidant. It can impart its own aroma into your products, so keep that in mind when using it. As a preservative, add 1-5 % of our Rosemary oil extract to your products.

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