Rosemary is a plant in the Lamiaceae
family of plants. Other plants in this family include chia seeds, basil, marjoram, mint, oregano, sage and thyme. These plants are collectively known as herbs.
Rosemary is rarely linked to food allergy, to date there are no recorded allergens for rosemary by the World Health Organization (WHO), because there have not been enough study into allergic effects from this food. If you are interested in what is needed by the WHO before they add an allergen to their allergen database you can check that out HERE
Rosemary contains an essential oil called carnosol which has many therapeutic benefits, but can be the cause of contact allergic dermatitis.
Rosemary is a low FODMAP food. FODMAP
stands for F
olyols. Foods high in FODMAPs can cause symptoms of food intolerance, affecting the gastro intestinal system and this can be mistaken for a true IgE food allergy.
Rosemary is a food high in salicylates
. Salicylates have the potential to cause worsening of asthma, swelling, itching and hives as well as food intolerance symptoms in people who are sensitive to salicylates.
You can read more about Food Intolerances
on the dedicated Food Intolerance Page.
Rosemary contains lots of essential oils and can be linked to allergic contact dermatitis, especially those who work with essential oils on a daily basis.
Rosemary is a plant in the Lamiaceae family. Other plants in this family are oregano, basil, thyme, chia seeds, lavender, sage, marjoram and mint.
Note these food lists are not exhaustive, the most up to date information is on the Cross Reactivity Tool.
Science Direct - Rosemary
FODMAPedia - Rosemary
ATP Science - Salicylate Food List
Science Direct - Carnosol
Articles and Journals
Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutic Mechanisms of Natural Products: Insight from Rosemary Diterpenes, Carnosic Acid and Carnosol, 2023
Contact Allergy to Cannabis and Related Essential Oils, 2022
Allergic Contact Dermatitis Induced by Rosemary Leaf Extract in a Cleansing Gel, 2014
Rosmarinus officinalis L. as cause of contact dermatitis, 2014
Rosemary contact dermatitis and cross-reactivity with other labiate plants, 2006
Occupational allergic contact dermatitis from carnosol, a naturally-occurring compound present in rosemary, 2006
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