Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.
The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.
6 Science Informed Reasons to Include Rosemary in Your Dog’s Diet:
- Rich Source of Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Compounds – may help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation as well as aid in neutralising cell damaging free radicals. (24, 25, 46)
- May Improve Digestion – Germany’s Commission E has approved rosemary for the treatment of indigestion.
- May Enhance Brain Function – may help your dog focus and remember information. It may also aid your dog’s memory as they age, but more research is needed. (6, 7, 8)
- May Offer Neurological Protection – Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals in the brain. (10, 11, 12, 13)
- May Have Anti-Cancer Benefits – published research concluded that rosemary might be useful as an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour agent. (14, 15, 16, 17)
- May Reduce Macular Degeneration – studies show that carnosic acid, which is a major component of rosemary, can significantly promote eye health. (18, 19)