Rosemary is a shrub-like plant that originates from the Mediterranean regions, but now it is cultivated throughout Europe and America as well.
It is named after the Latin words ros (dew) and marinus (sea), meaning “sea dew”, since the sea breeze that carries moisture affects its growth.
Throughout history, the rosemary was very popular, and it has a special place among the plants, due to the symbolism to which it is attached.
It has been a valued spice and natural medicine for more than a thousand years, even the Greek gods loved it. In the ancient world, it was dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love.
Health benefits of Rosemary herb are…
– For improving memory and concentration
– Against depression
– Against headaches
– As a natural antibiotic
– For muscle pain
– Gout and rheumatism
– Indigestion and colic
– To stimulate the kidney function
– Against hair loss and dandruff
– As a natural aphrodisiac
People have been using the flowers of rosemary and the sprouts in bloom for centuries. But the leaves are the most commonly used, which are collected in the summer and then they are put to dry.
The rosemary oil is produced by distillation of the leaves or the twigs, and its quality depends on the climate and location.
It is believed that this oil increases the energy and stimulates and suppresses the excessive sweating. It is an excellent remedy for the stomach and nerves and helps in the treating of headaches.
It is used in hair lotions, not only because of the pleasant smell, but also for stimulating the hair roots and preventing the premature baldness. In order to stimulate the hair growth, you should massage a few drops of the oil into the scalp, and then rinse the hair.
A mixture of dried leaves and flowers of rosemary and borax is one of the best products to wash your hair and prevent dandruff.
The rosemary helps with rheumatism, and it should be massaged on the affected parts of the body, after which you should wrap those parts with a cotton cloth.
If you suffer from diseases of the stomach and intestines, it is recommended to take 3 drops of oil on a sugar cube or in a teaspoon of water.
The essential rosemary oil is used in aromatherapy to increase the concentration, the memory and to relieve the stress.
The bath with rosemary oil is relaxing for the entire body. Add 5 to 10 drops of rosemary oil in the hot water in the tub.
In order to make wine, you should break off branches of green rosemary and pour white wine over them. After a few days you should strain the mixture and it is ready to use.
The rosemary wine stimulates the brain and the nervous system, improves the circulation and kidney function and it is also a good remedy for headaches.
Young peaks, the leaves and flowers can be prepared as a tea, which is a good remedy for headaches, stomach cramps, colds and nerve diseases.
If you suffer from depression, the inhalation with rosemary tea will help in the treatment.
The rosemary tea has a beneficial effect on muscle relaxation, indigestion and menstrual cramps.
The Hungary Water is for external use and it is used to restore the vitality of the paralyzed limbs. It is named after the Hungarian Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, which completely cured her with the constant using.
It is prepared by mixing the fresh rosemary peaks in bloom with alcohol. You should let the mixture sit for four days and then strain it.
The Hungary Water was proved to be very useful in the treatment of gout in the hands and feet, and is applied so that the water is strongly rubbed into the skin.
Rosemary in cooking
The rosemary is often used in Mediterranean cuisine. In small quantities, it is an excellent spice for soups, roast meat and soft cheese.
In order for the dish to receive the flavor, you should put a rosemary stem in the dish, which is later removed. You can add the rosemary in oil or vinegar.
Together with the thyme, oregano, marjoram and savory, it is an ingredient of the famous Mediterranean blend of herbs – Provencal herbs, which are used in the preparation of stews and dishes with tomatoes.
The rosemary enhances the flavor of tomatoes, pumpkins, potatoes, eggplants, peas and lentils. The baked potatoes with the addition of rosemary can be a meal or a great side dish.