The ancient Greeks dedicated the Ros maris plant to the Goddess Aphrodite, and nowadays, this plant is commonly known as rosemary.
Recent studies discovered that rosemary plant has the ability to prevent aging and it has powerful antioxidant agents. Moreover, it is a rich source of flavonoids which promote circulation, strengthen the blood vessels and improve blood flow to all tissues. As you can see on your own, we can use rosemary to stimulate hair growth, to treat headaches and even to improve our memory.
This plant is also an excellent solution for many digestive issues such as constipation, indigestion, improper absorption of nutrients in the intestine and stomach cramps. According to the science, rosemary extract has the ability to stimulate the secretion of bile which is in fact the crucial element in the digestion of fats.
According to a study conducted in 1995, rosemary plant is a potent natural diuretic and as a result of that, it can cleanse the liver from toxins and waste very effectively. Moreover, it has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which treat infections of the throat, nose, ear and bronchitis. You can use rosemary to cure fatigue as well, and it can provide relief of muscle pain, sciatica and rheumatism. If you decide to use it externally, all you have to do is to dilute the rosemary oil along with neutral oil like sunflower oil and then apply it onto the affected area. Another great solution to relieve rheumatism is to add rosemary tea into a bath. In addition, rosemary extract applied on your scalp will help you prevent baldness and formation of dandruff.
Note: when it comes to children, rosemary is not an option, while pregnant and nursing mothers are only allowed to use small amounts of it for culinary purposes.
April and September are the months where Rosemary blooms and during these months it has many branches and it can reach up to 1-3 meters of height. It requires warm places and partially sandy soil. During the winter days, you should protect it from wind. Make sure to harvest the flowers only when fully flowered, but when it comes to the leaves and branches, you can harvest them throughout the whole year.
Uses of Rosemary
If you are dealing with rheumatism, rosemary tincture is the best solution for you. In order to prepare it, you should pour 20grams of rosemary into 100ml of alcohol and then allow it to stay for ten days before straining it. One way to use it is to consume 15 to 20 drops dissolved in a glass of water. Another way is to use it externally for circulation issues and rheumatism.
When it comes to headaches, rosemary tea is probably the best solution. Besides headaches, this tea also can treat stomach cramps, tension, colds and flu. In order to prepare the rosemary tea, you should pour a teaspoon of fresh/dried leaves into a cup of boiling water and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Once prepared, make sure to drink 2 cups per day. Remember not to drink it prior bedtime.
You can also treat depression by inhaling rosemary tea. In addition, you can also drink it in order to treat digestive disturbance, menstrual cramps and it will relax the muscles in your body.
For proper circulation, use rosemary wine. All you have to do in order to prepare it is to soak 2 tbsp of rosemary leaves and flowers into a liter of white wine. After that, let the mixture stand for 6 days before straining it. To calm the heart, alleviate gout, rheumatism, inflamed joints and to improve blood circulation, promote urination, make sure to drink a brandy cup on an empty stomach.