All About: Rosemary Tea

WHAT IT IS: Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant, perennial herb. It is often used to enhance flavors when cooking, particularly in hearty foods such as stuffing, roasted meats, and Italian dishes.

WHAT IT DOES: Adding rosemary to your summer adventures can go a long way. The herb’s antioxidants can cut the formation of carcinogenic compounds when grilling meat, and a daily dose of rosemary tea helps to break up internal gases—relieving indigestion and decreasing belly-bloat. Rosemary helps block allergy triggers, improve memory, and prevent arthritis, too.

HOW MUCH TO USE: Use1 tablespoon of dried rosemary for every 3 cups of boiling water. To sweeten, add honey or agave syrup.

THE SIDE EFFECTS: In rare cases, extremely large doses can cause vomiting, spasms, or miscarriages.

FINAL NOTE: Rosemary’s antioxidants fight off free radicals—research suggests that the herb promotes eye health, reduces the formation of cancer-causing agents, and prevents brain aging.

TRUSTED SOURCES: Alvita Organic Rosemary Tea, alvita.com; Celebration Herbals Rosemary Leaf Organic Tea, celebrationherbals.com