Used externally, rosemary essential oil can be applied in a diluted form to relieve muscle cramps and arthritic joint pain. It also has a reputation for preventing premature baldness and stimulating hair growth.

Rosemary is regarded as a traditional digestive remedy and, when taken as an infusion, it can help to ease cramping, bloating and gas, and may ease "liverish" symptoms, such as headaches and poor digestion of fats.

For the safe and appropriate medicinal use of rosemary, consult your healthcare professional. Also, see Memory and concentration, page 213, for external use. Do not use rosemary in greater than culinary quantities if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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