Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is a fragrant, woody herb with white, pink, purple, or
blue flowers. Unlike many other plants and herbs, it can withstand very cold temperatures and drought. Rosemary is used as a decorative plant, while the stubby, needle-like leaves are used to flavor various foods and drinks.
The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus), or “dew of the sea”.
Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to help boost the immune system, and to improve blood circulation. It is used commonly to treat indigestion in Europe. The scent of rosemary, in addition to being used in perfumes, is said to improve concentration, performance, speed, and mood.