In ancient times, many common herbs that we now use to season a roast or throw in a salad were used as integral parts of the healing arsenal. One such common herb is often seen as part of the landscape in many arid parts of the United States. It is the humble rosemary bush.
The Egyptians and the Greeks at one time considered rosemary to be a “sacred plant” and in Medieval Europe the herb was used a sign of remembrance for fidelity. The Romans too believed that it improved memory and in China it has been used for thousands of years for everything from treating headaches to curing baldness.
Recent research, however, is proving that it may also be a powerhouse of cancer prevention and reversal, especially for breast cancer.
Rosemary Is an antioxidant dynamo
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, rosemary’s many health benefits include: memory improvement, the relief of muscle pain and spasm, the stimulation of hair growth, support for the nervous and circulatory systems and the prevention of thrombosis. It also has antimicrobial properties and is a known antioxidant.
Its most impressive attribute, however, is the effect it has on cancer cells, including skin cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia and breast cancer.
What does science tell us about the power of rosemary?
In large part, rosemary’s anticancer properties are due to high levels of carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), all strong antioxidants. In particular, carnosol, also found in rosemary, has been proven to detoxify certain substances that initiate the growth of breast cancer tumors.
A 2007 study done by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timişoara, Romania showed that when women with Stage III and IV breast cancer were given a special salad dressing high in rosemary (along with basil, sage, sea buckthorn berry, balsamic and grape seed oil), the oxidative stress reduced significantly in 95% of them.
The findings led the researchers to conclude that rosemary in conjunction with other bioactive herbal compounds “can lead to significant effects on health represent(ing) a promising adjuvant treatment in patients with advanced breast cancer…”
Rosemary Is safer than tamoxifen for reducing estrogen
Approximately 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have ER-positive breast cancer, which means that cancer cells are growing in response to the hormone estrogen. The most common conventional drug used to block the effects of estrogen is tamoxifen, which has more side effects than can be listed in one article, including cancer. In fact, tamoxifen is so dangerous that it has been classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization since the 1990’s.
On the other hand, current research indicates that rosemary has the ability to inactivate estrogen hormones safely and naturally by stimulating liver enzymes that can literally “turn off” aggressive estrogen types. Researchers at Rutgers University evaluated the effects of rosemary extract on laboratory mice and discovered that a 2% rosemary diet “increased liver microsomal oxidation and glucuronidation (a process involved in Xenobiotic metabolism).” It especially effected estradiol and estrone in the uterus. Estradiol is a particularly aggressive form of estrogen that is mimicked by cancer-causing xenoestrogens in the body.
A vital component of the breast cancer conqueror 7 Essentials System™ is “Heal with Therapeutic Plants.” This ‘essential’ is based on the concept that specific plants naturally contain compounds which can nourish, tone, strengthen, detoxify and heal the body, including substances that specifically target and destroy cancer cells and the mechanisms through which they grow.
For many years, I have counseled women on the power of certain herbs. Yet I continue to be amazed as I learn more and more about the healing effects of everyday plants like rosemary. Rosemary truly is a super-herb on many fronts when it comes to fighting breast cancer.
A word of caution if you use it, however. Rosemary is extremely potent so it should never be ingested internally in extract form. Also, if you are pregnant or prone to heavy periods, use it with caution as it has been known to effect menstrual cycles and promote heavy bleeding.
About the author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com