Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis (in the Lamiaceae or Mint family)
Part used: Leaf.
Taste/smell: Aromatic, spicy.
Tendencies: Warming, drying.
Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day.
Use: (a) Nervine, (b) Astringent, (c) Diuretic, (d) Carminative, (e) Emmenagogue, (f) Abortifacient, (g) Cholagogue, (h) Choleretic, (i) Antispasmodic.
Rosemary is a tonic to vasomotor function and peripheral circulation and it soothes the nervous system. It is used for atonic conditions of the stomach, gastric headache, circulatory weakness and hypotension following stress or illness. Additionally the essential oil can be used as an external analgesic for rheumatism and as a circulatory stimulant.
Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effect.