The Health Benefits Of Rosemary


Rosemary herb is used frequently for culinary purposes and yet most of us do not realise its multiple health benefits. Rosemary’s origins lie in the Mediterranean and it is a very hardy plant with silvery leaves which exude a pine type fragrance due to their essential oil content. Rosemary leaves are best picked in early summer before the plant flowers and can be used fresh or dried. Rosemary leaves are often used with meat dishes or sprinkled onto vegetables such as potatoes and tomatoes for a pleasant flavour.

Rosemary has a long history of traditional use as a medicinal herb and was recommended for a myriad of health concerns from boosting the immune system to the growth of hair. Ancient Greek scholars wore rosemary garlands on their heads to improve memory; Shakespeare mentioned rosemary in several of his plays, and in the 13th Century, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary was responsible for a tonic called ‘Hungary Water’ which contained rosemary in alcohol and was credited with curing a wide range of ailments. During the bubonic plague in Europe, rosemary was burned to purify the air and prevent infection. Read More…

Herbal Beauty


Wise women were – well, wise about a few things. How to cast love spells. How to predict the weather from the rustling of leaves. And above all, how to transform herbal ingredients into fabulous, skin-saving salves, balms and creams. Beauty technology may have advanced apace, since then: we live, after all, in the age of the cosmeceutical, of nano-tech, of creams inspired by NASA scientists. But personally? Give me herb-powered concoctions, every time. (Albeit a little more glamorously-packaged than you might pick up from your friendly neighbourhood, broomstick-riding crone…)

You don’t have to be an expert – or anything approaching a wise woman – to enjoy the skin- and hair-boosting power of herbs. However, I would say that if you have a particular skin challenge, it might be worth seeing a registered herbalist: herbs are acknowledged in many circles for their efficacy at treating conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and other generally itchy/unsightly conditions – both via herbs applied topically and perhaps taken as tinctures or remedies internally. Read More…