Rosemary or medicinal rosemary (lat. Rosmarinus officinalis) is an aromatic herb from the sedum family, whose original home is the climatically favorable Mediterranean Sea. It grows as an evergreen, richly branched shrub with narrow, responsive leaves and is adorned with beautiful flowers of white, blue, or purple colors when it blooms. The fruit is hard.
Originally it was widespread in the Mediterranean region. It is also grown in England, the USA, Mexico and almost all of Central and Eastern Europe, but there is one condition: since it cannot survive severe winters, it must be wintered in a greenhouse.
The herb has a wide range of medicinal properties. It is an antioxidant that supports the body's natural defences. It contributes to the normal functioning of the digestive tract , the liver and the gallbladder , has a positive effect on the level of cholesterol in the blood and the elimination and purification of the body . In addition , it has beneficial effects on the kidneys and urinary tract , helps maintain the normal functioning of the respiratory system and heart , and supports blood circulation .
Rosemary is suitable for general refreshment of the body . Women can try it to feel good during menopause and keep joints healthy regardless of gender. In the field of mental health, it is useful for maintaining a good memory and emotional well-being (it has a positive effect on stress ).
Dried rosemary leaves are used to prepare tea, invigorating baths or inhalation. Rosemary is also a great spice that goes especially well with fish and chicken.
To prepare an infusion, pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon 1/4 l and let stand under the lid for 15 minutes.
Take 3-4 times a day between warm meals.
To prepare a bath, take 50 g of the leaves in 1 liter of water, bring the water to a boil and let it stand for 30 minutes. Then strain the liquid and add to the bath.
To inhale, we need 10 g of rosemary in 1 liter of water, bring the water with the leaves to the boil and let it steep for 10 minutes. Inhale several times a day.
The history of rosemary is long. It was bred by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The name Rosmarinus comes from the words ros and marina – sea dew. It was said to stimulate memory, which is why Greek students often wore wreaths of rosemary on their heads. This plant was associated with love and death. What should you imagine? During the funeral, a sprig of rosemary symbolizing memories was placed in the hands of the deceased. On the other hand, it also means love. Because of this, brides wore it earlier on their wedding day. Since it also acts as a medicine, it used to be a sought-after remedy for the plague.
Fresh or dried leaves are used as both herbs and spices. Dried rosemary leaves have a strong, camphor-like aroma. The recommended daily allowance of spices is a maximum of 1 teaspoon of rosemary per meal for 4 people. In larger amounts it can have intoxicating effects.
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