Rosemary grows on a small evergreen shrub belonging to the Labiatae family that is related to mint. Its Latin name, Rosmarinusofficinalis, means “dew of the sea” and rosemary is most closely associated with the cooking and treatments of different diseases. Its leaves look like flat pine-tree needles, deep green in color on top while silver-white on their underside.

Rosemary is one of those wonderful herbs that make a beautiful ornamental plant as well as a welcome culinary seasoning. Rosemary has had the reputation for miracles for thousands of years. It has been used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, aphrodisiac, and expectorant.

Rosemary has earned praise for alleviating nerve-related conditions, boosting the immune system, fighting off bacterial and viral infections, aiding respiratory ailments, strengthening digestion and improving circulation. Rosemary contains both caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid which act as a powerful anti-inflammatory making it ideal for those who suffer with auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.

It also contains properties and volatile oils that work similarly to anti-histamines and make it very useful to treat conditions such as asthma and chronic migraines. Rosemarys diuretic properties have been known to help relieve gout, edema, and kidney stones. Rosemary has the ability to stimulate memory, improve concentration, and help overcome mental fatigue by increasing the blood flow to the head and brain. It is also known to alleviate depression and sadness and can decrease anxiety brought on by stress.

Its oil is often added to hair and skin care products due to its ability to cleanse and nourish the scalp and heal and repair the skin. Essential oil of rosemary can also be used through a steam vaporizer to disinfect the air in your home and/or office which is especially beneficial during cold and flu season.

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Northern areas are very favour climate for cultivation of this herbal. So its need for raising this herbal crop in green houses and local nursery development. Rosemary is future needing herbal crop for its multi nutritional effects on human body.

The authors are from the Department of Agriculture Sciences, University of Haripur

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