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Rosemary Herb

Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits.

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Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.

The herb not only tastes good in culinary dishes, such as rosemary chicken and lamb, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

It is typically prepared as a whole dried herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves. A range of rosemary products is available for purchase online.

The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.

Fast facts on rosemary

Rosemary is a perennial plant (it lives more than 2 years).

The leaves are often used in cooking.

Possible health benefits include improved concentration, digestion, and brain aging.

Very high doses may cause vomiting, coma, and pulmonary edema.

This Medical News Today Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods.


Rosemary herb

PinterestRosemary has leaves shaped like needles and pink, white, blue, or purple flowers.

Rosemary has a range of possible health benefits.

Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds

Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.

Laboratory studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.

Improving digestion

In Europe, rosemary is often used to help treat indigestion. In fact, Germany’s Commission E has approved rosemary for the treatment of indigestion. However, it should be noted that there is currently no meaningful scientific evidence to support this claim.

Enhancing memory and concentration

According to research outlined in Therapeutic Advances in PsychopharmacologyTrusted Source, the aroma from rosemary can improve a person’s concentration, performance, speed, and accuracy and, to a lesser extent, their mood.

Neurological protection

Scientists have found that rosemary may also be good for your brain. Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals in the brain.

Some studies in rats have identified that rosemary might be useful for people who have experienced a stroke. Rosemary appears to be protective against brain damageTrusted Source and might improve recovery.

Prevent brain aging

Some studies have suggested that rosemary may significantly help prevent brain aging.Trusted Source The therapeutic ability of rosemary for prevention of Alzheimer’s shows promise, but more studies are needed.


Research published in Oncology ReportsTrusted Source found that “crude ethanolic rosemary extract (RO)” slowed the spread of human leukemia and breast carcinoma cells.”

Another study, published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and BiochemistryTrusted Source, concluded that rosemary might be useful as an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agent.

Also, a report published in the Journal of Food Science revealed that adding rosemary extract to ground beef reduces the formation of cancer-causing agentsTrusted Source that can develop during cooking.

Protection against macular degeneration

A study published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, led by Dr. Stuart A. Lipton, Ph.D. and colleagues at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, revealed that a carnosic acid, which is a major component of rosemary, can significantly promote eye health.

This could have clinical applications for diseases affecting the outer retina, such as age-related macular degeneration – the most common eye disease in the United States.

Side effects

Rosemary is usually safe when taken in low doses. However, extremely large doses can trigger serious side effects, although this is rare.

Side effects include:




Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)

High doses of rosemary may cause miscarriage; therefore it is not advisable for pregnant women to take any supplemental rosemary.

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10 Rosemary Recipes to Try

Here are all the best rosemary recipes to use this fresh herb! The evergreen flavor is perfect for adding flavor to potatoes, breads, dips and more.

And now…the top rosemary recipes to try!

Got fresh rosemary to use up? We’ve got recipes! This earthy, evergreen-scented herb is a way to step up all your recipes. It pairs beautifully with potatoes, is fantastic in breads, and adds a rich flavor to roasted vegetables. Because it’s so strong, you can use a light hand! You can even simply chop it up and add to olive oil with sea salt as a dip for bread. The simpler the better!

Here are all our favorite rosemary recipes for using this herb! There’s everything from lemony roasted potatoes to creamy white bean dip. It’s also perfect for drinks, like tea and flavored waters. And don’t forget to use it as a drink garnish! Here are all the best ways to use this pine-scented herb.


Rosemary Roasted Potatoes


One of the best rosemary recipes out there: rosemary roasted potatoes! Potatoes and pine-scented rosemary are the perfect pair. Here the potatoes are roasted with thinly sliced lemons, infusing them with a tangy flavor. Instead of squeezing on the juice prior to roasting, you thinly slice the lemon and place it on top of the potatoes while roasting. This brings out a much more intense lemon flavor, and it’s just the right brightness for the earthy rosemary.


Garlic Rosemary White Bean Dip

Garlic Rosemary White Bean Dip

Another great rosemary recipe: white bean dip! Move over hummus: white bean dip is the new thing! This one is flavored with garlic and fresh herbs. Rosemary adds just the right essence to the creamy white beans. It’s great for dipping bread, carrot sticks, crostini, or crackers.

Garlic Rosemary White Bean Dip
Rosemary Tea

Rosemary Tea

Rosemary Tea

Did you know you can make herbal tea with fresh herbs? Try this tasty rosemary tea! In just 5 minutes, you have a cup of restorative herbal tea. This tea has a fresh, piney essence. Combine it with a touch of sweetener and a squeeze of lemon for the perfect flavor. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and it makes drinking your daily water much more interesting.

Rosemary Simple Syrup


Here’s an easy DIY recipe that adds fresh flavor to all your cocktails and mocktails: rosemary simple syrup! This syrup adds just the right herbal evergreen nuance to all your drinks. You’ll be surprised at the amount of flavor that comes from just a few rosemary sprigs! It’s great for fall and winter to add a hint of cozy, but it works in summer too! Here’s what to know about making syrup with fresh rosemary.


Rosemary Fizz Cocktail


Got rosemary and want to use it in a cocktail? Great idea! Rosemary is fantastic for adding a fragrant, herbal undertone to drinks. Here’s the best way we’ve found to use it: this rosemary cocktail! It’s all about bubbly, citrusy, herbal flavor, pairing rosemary simple syrup with lemon, vodka, and fizzy soda water.

Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread

Rosemary is absolutely required for making focaccia bread! The combination of garlic and rosemary is ideal in this bread recipe. This bread is great for sandwiches or to serve with a meal. Once you make the bread, top it with minced garlic, rosemary, and other herbs if you’d like. The garlic herb flavor against the crunch of warm focaccia is perfection.


Lemon Rosemary Cucumber Water


Here’s a super simple rosemary recipe for entertaining—lemon rosemary cucumber water! Adding this fresh herb to water with cucumbers and lemons makes for a a tasty, easy, and healthy drink. Let it marinate for a bit and you’ll get a super refreshing drink for minimal effort. The rosemary branches make it look simply stunning!

Rosemary Roasted Tomatoes


This rosemary recipe has a secret. Typically you’d roast fresh tomatoes, but did you know you can roast canned tomatoes? Yes, add a bit of garlic and fresh rosemary, and these canned tomatoes are a revelation.

Simply cut whole canned tomatoes in half, then roast until sweet and infused with herbs. Serve them over creamy polenta and cannellini beans for a filling vegetarian meal.


Rosemary Herb Salt

Here’s a rosemary recipe to use up all the end-of-season herbs: herb salt! It’s full of beautifully herby flavor and it helps to bring that freshness of summer into the winter months. Simply roast the herbs with salt at very low heat for an hour. Then it’s ready to use on eggs, avocado toast, and olive oil for dipping bread.

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

This vegan shepherd’s pie is cozy comfort food to the max, and rosemary takes it even further! Imagine: a creamy gravy filled with tender vegetables, lentils and scented with fennel and sage. Then a fluffy layer of mashed potatoes, topped with fresh rosemary. It’s layered together in a baking dish and then baked until golden. This one’s a whole food plant based (WFPB) stunner.

Apple Cider Sangria (Drink Garnish!)


Lastly, rosemary is perfect as a drink garnish! Here it’s shown in our apple cider sangria recipe, a perfect cocktail for fall and winter. It’s robust and dark, featuring apples, pears, and orange soaked in Spanish red wine. Add a beautiful rosemary sprig and serve it up two-toned, with apple cider on the bottom and red wine on top.