Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rely on Rosemary

In 1881 a book called J.M. Nickell’s Botanical Ready Reference especially designed for Druggists and Physicians stated various uses for Rosemary.

Rosmarinus Officinalis - (Rosemary)
     Leaves and Flowers - aro. Bit. Cep. Sti. Emm.
    Aro - Aromatic - Odoriferous, Stimulant, Spicy
    Bit - Bitter - Having a Tonic Effect
    Cephalic - Relating to Diseases of the Head
    Stimulant - Exciting or inducing organic action of the animal economy
    Emm. - Emmenagogue - Promoting menstruation

I believe that often times looking back to our ancestors often holds clean and simple solutions for things we can do for ourselves now. Rosemary is good for everyone but for those with Lyme this another great herb to use in cooking.

Rosemary can be used as an antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic and fungicidal. It can lessen the effects of Alzheimer's disease by promoting circulation to the brain and preventing the breakdown of the chemical which promote memory. I am pretty confident that most Lyme patients have memory issues…why not help get the brain circulation going and help boost the memory.

Rosemary also protects DNA from cancerous-causing chemicals that would normally bind to and mutate strands of DNA. It can also protect the body from certain carcinogens such as alfatoxin and help defuse carcinogens through the liver. With all of the medications we are on we need to constantly be aware of out liver. We also have to detox as much as possible to help eliminate die off….another helpful quality as far as I am concerned.

Rosemary increases the condition of the skin by promoting blood flow, and through its properties as an antibacterial. It has been proven to lessen patches of visible cancerous skin. I love anything that is antibacterial. I will go to great lengths to ensure the spirochetes don’t stand a chance.

Not only does rosemary aid the circulatory system, but it aids the digestive system as well. It does this by causing the gallbladder to produce greater quantities of bile and suppresses symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) such as flatulence, intestinal cramping and feelings of being bloated. Those on IV antibiotics, especially, need to be aware of the effects on their gallbladder.

Also, yeast infections do not stand a chance against rosemary for several reasons. Rosemary (through its property of being a diuretic) flushes out any yeast-causing bacteria before the bacteria can cause any infections. It acts as a fungicidal by killing candida yeast and destroying any yeast-infected cells. Again….if adding Rosemary to your diet will in any way help with Candida then it is time to get to the grocery store. Candida (yeast) is something all of us need to be aware of. It’s symptoms can mimic many of the Lyme symptoms and a systemic yeast infection can make you feel truly awful.

Rosemary sounds like a wonder herb…and while I am confident it alone will not make all of the problems related to Lyme go away I believe it can only be beneficial to add to you diet.

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