Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub with leaves similar to pine needles and is native to the Mediterranean region and Asia. The name derives from Latin and means "dew of the sea" because in many locations it needs no water other than the humidity carried by the sea breeze to live. It also called "Anthos", which in Greek means "Flower". Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses. The leaves, fresh or dried, are used to add flavor in foods.
Rosemary is high in Iron, Calcium and Vitamin B6. It contains antioxidants and bio active compounds that maybe useful in preventing or treating cancer, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Rosemary oil is used for fragrant bodily perfumes. It is also burnt as incense, used in shampoos and cleaning products. It can cause allergic skin reactions when used in topical preparations. According to research rosemary interferes with the absorption of iron and should not be consumed by those with iron deficiency anemia. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid consuming large quantities of Rosemary.