In laboratory settings, it is known that rosemary has both antimicrobial and antioxidant effects on animals. However, it is not clear whether these benefits cause the same effects in humans. Rosemary has been used in alternative medicine to treat or cure certain medical conditions.The following are conditions in which scientists have observed the effects of rosemary; While some have a stronger link to rosemary than others in terms of potential health benefits, more research is needed on the effect of rosemary in general.
Research shows that applying rosemary oil to the scalp is as effective as minoxidil for increasing hair density in people with male pattern baldness. In one research study, people who massaged rosemary and other essential oils (lavender, thyme, and cedarwood) showed improvement after seven months.
However, it is not clear whether rosemary provides this benefit.
Diabetic Kidney Damage (Nephropathy)
Some research suggests that using a product containing rosemary, St. John’s wort, and lovage might reduce the amount of protein in the urine compared to standard diabetes medications. Protein in the urine is a very serious marker for kidney disease in diabetic patients.
Research shows that using rosemary does not improve attention or mental energy in adults with low energy levels. However, study results vary. Other studies show that it can reduce exam stress and alleviate anxiety.
Although it is thought that rosemary may improve the effects of fibromyalgia, early research suggests that taking a product containing rosemary, hops, and oleanolic acid does not actually improve fibromyalgia symptoms.
Gum disease (Gingivitis)
Early research shows that herbal mouthwashes containing rosemary and other ingredients help reduce gum bleeding and swelling in people with gum disease when used twice daily after meals for two weeks.
Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)
A preliminary study showed that taking rosemary oil could temporarily increase blood pressure in people with hypotension, but the benefit was temporary.
Other popular uses of rosemary include:
- increase menstrual flow
- Liver and gallbladder problems