These beautiful words belonged to William Shakespeare.
Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea".
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub up to 1.5 m high. It has a powerful, developed root system, which penetrates deep into the soil (up to 4 m). Leaves are narrow, acicular, small in size (3-4 cm), with curved edges. It grows on the dry rocky hills of the Mediterranean region from the Spanish Peninsular to Greece and the Sahara. The plant is constantly updated. Old shoots are frayed, the leaves get a dark gray color. Young leaves that are collected for spice, light gray on top and with a whitish bloom from below. The flowers are small, collected in dense inflorescences, which have a purple, blue or white color.
The plant flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates, but the plants can be in constant bloom in warm climates. Rosemary also has a tendency to flower outside its normal flowering season; it has been known to flower as late as early December, and as early as mid-February (in the northern hemisphere).
Common Names: Compass Plant, Compass Weed, Polar Plant, Romero, Rosmarinus coronarium
Medicinal Parts Used: Herb, root, oil (obtained from flowering tops)
Essential oils, which have the greatest healing effect:
Create a bitter taste:
- rosemary acid
This herb contains phytoncides, which are antioxidants and affect pathogens.
All together these substances create a therapeutic effect of rosemary. It is not a secret that rosemary and essential oils, contained in it, are a wonderful soothing means, as they improve mood, help to calm down and relax. In addition, it improves memory, so taking of rosemary is recommended to students and schoolchildren during the school year. There is even an opinion that it is able to suspend the aging process, while retaining youth.
ROSEMARY HEALTH PROPERTIES
Rosemary is used for the treatment of such diseases as:
- diseases of the upper respiratory tract
- reddening and inflammatory processes of the larynx and pharynx
- nervous system (its oil is inhaled, used for bathing and for massage)
- intestines and gastric diseases
- headache (rosemary oil is inhaled, and soon the painful sensations in the head region go away)
- neuritis gout and other neurological diseases
- furuncles, dermatological problems and slowly tightening wounds (in the form of the ointment)
- impaired concentration
- poor eyesight
- malfunctions in menstruation
- improves appetite
- has a positive effect on the movement of blood in the circulatory system of the brain, which is indispensable for people who survived a stroke
- is used as a tonic before bedtime, to rub the skin, which reduces its fat content
- strengthens hair, reduces its loss and treats for dandruff
- tones up the body, increases the strength of the heart contractions and increases blood pressure for a while
- oil kills pathogens and purifies the air
- improves the course of menopause
- is used with epilepsy
- promotes blood circulation, helps with cold feet and hands, and is indispensable for lower blood pressure
- helps in concentrating attention and strengthening memory
- has a positive effect on people who have impaired speech, smell or vision
- improves mood, getting rid of depression
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF ROSEMARY USE
Rosemary is contraindicated:
- with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
- with decreased acidity of gastric juice
- for women during pregnancy
- for people suffering from regular seizures
- with hypertension
Besides the above-mentioned health properties of rosemary, we must admit that rosemary extract contains more than two dozen antioxidants, and provides potent protection against chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s, one of the most dreaded diseases of today.
TIP OF THE DAY
“Always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can”
*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.