Rosemary

Rosemary

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

Rosmarinus officinalis, romero

Introduction

Rosemary is an herb that is used in cooking and baking. The leaves can be made into an oil and have been used to ease feelings of anxiety and stress. Rosemary can also be taken as a pill, powder, or extract and has been used ease digestion. The herb can also be used as a cream or lotion.

Dosages

There aren’t any advised doses for rosemary.

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

  • Gingivitis—may be as effective as standard treatment when used with zingiber officinale and calendula officinalis extracts A1
  • Opioid withdrawal —may ease symptoms when used with standard treatment B1

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe to use rosemary on the skin, but reactions may happen.C1 It is also likely safe to take rosemary orally in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. Rosemary in large amounts may not be safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.

References

A. Gingivitis

A1. Mahyari S, Mahyari B, et al. Evaluation of the efficacy of a polyherbal mouthwash containing Zingiber officinale, Rosmarinus officinalis and Calendula officinalis extracts in patients with gingivitis: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Feb;22:93-98

B. Opioid Withdrawal

B1. Solhi S, Salehi B, et al. Beneficial effects of rosmarinus officinalis for treatment of opium withdrawal syndrome during addiction treatment programs: a clinical trial. Addict Health. 2013;5(3-4):90-94.

C. Safety

C1. Miroddi M, Calapai G, et al. Rosmarinus officinalis L. as cause of contact dermatitis. Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2014 Nov-Dec;42(6):616-619.

Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 3/30/2020

EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at healthlibrarysupport@ebsco.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.

Home |Terms and Conditions |Concerned About Privacy? |Accessibility |Careers |For Employers and Medical Plan Providers

You may also be looking for: CVS/pharmacy | MinuteClinic | Specialty Pharmacy | SilverScript | Accordant