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Post  dizzyflower on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:42 am

This almost seems daft to ask but mum found another thing in a book and decided to ask me if I'd tried it, which normally results in a yes mum ages ago reply. This time I had to admit no I hadn't, I'd eaten it as part of stuffing perhaps but not actually tried to use it for head pain.

I looked it up in another book and it suggested it was brilliant for all sorts of things. I thought it can't harm, so tried it as a tea as suggested. I think it does something good but not sure what. Has anyone else tried it? I felt as if I was getting more air into my brain if that makes any sense at all. I have loads of culinary rosemary growing like a hedge in the front garden. It would be lovely if I can grow something that helps a bit.

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Post  Mini on Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:10 pm

Never heard that rosemary can help with M, but I have a big bush in front of my house (which I have been trimming recently, throwing the cuttings away) so I could try the tea. Like you I use it for cooking often sticking it into lamb roast, as well as garlic, or in a tomato sauce. I also use older sticks for home made bbq kebabs, this flavours the meat from inside, but I've never tried it as tea. Worth trying I suppose.
How strong you make it DF? Do you use quite a strong brew, or only very mild flavour.
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Post  Sara79 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:20 am

I'm guessing she read this: http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/7-headache-cures-to-keep-on-hand/.

I wouldn't put undiluted rosemary oil on your skin, it can be very irritating. Put a drop or two in 5-15 drops of a neutral oil (olive, canola[rapeseed], peanut, anything without a strong scent of it's own)

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Post  Mule Kick on Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:39 am

Yes, rosemary helps somewhat (especially when combined with sage).

The book The Way Of Herbs, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D. (various publishers) has a chapter titled  Kitchen Medicines where the paragraphs for Rosemary and Sage state:
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
    Rosemary is of great benefit in treating headaches and may be used as a substitute for aspirin. It is astringent , diaphoretic, and stimulant. It is useful for indigestion, colic, nausea, gas, and fevers. It is high in easily assimilable calcium and thus is of benefit to the entire nervous system.

A tea is made by adding one-half ounce of rosemary to a pint of boiled water and steeping for ten minutes in a covered vessel.  . . .


Sage (Salvia officinalis)
    Sage is antispasmodic and astringent   . . .  

When combined with rosemary, peppermint and wood betony, it is effective for headaches. A half cup of the infusion, made from equal parts of these herbs (one ounce per pint of water), is taken every two hours until relief is obtained. . . .
I have not actually made the tea containing wood betony, but several decades ago (before my dx of migraines) I made some substituting pennyroyal for it (the tea tasted a bit strange, but I got used to it); since the above book in the next chapter titled Western Herbs To Know states that:
Pennyroyal is good for the treatment of nervous headaches.
Rosemary, sage, and peppermint are all astringent, so those sensitive to tannins should probably avoid their use.

Also keep in mind that these are remedies for headaches in general, rather than remedies for migraines in particular.

I do make extensive use of rosemary, sage, thyme, and basil in seasoning soups, especially when I have a headache. The Kitchen Medicines chapter also states:
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
    Sweet basil is good to use as a tea for indigestion, fevers, colds, flu, kidney and bladder troubles, headaches, cramps, nausea, vomiting, constipation and nervous conditions. Its medicinal properties include carminative, antipyretic, stimulant, alterative, diuretic and nervine. . . .
I have also chewed a few dried rosemary leaves by themselves, which sometimes helps a little bit.
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Post  Sara79 on Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:29 pm

I've used mint and valerian as a tea for nausea and to sleep, if you don't have any ragweed allergies, adding chamomile to that is good too. I have sucked on a whole clove to help settle my stomach, it helps me, but I know it wouldn't work for everyone.

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