Grow Rosemary Herb for Its Culinary and Curing Power

As for Rosmarine, I lett it runne all over my garden walls, not onlie because my bees love it, but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and, therefore, to friendship; whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that maketh it the chosen emblem of our funeral wakes and in our buriall grounds.” — Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

Rosemary, a Fragrant Culinary Herb
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Rosemary is famous for its curing power since ancient days. The Spanish called it Romero as they believed that Mary took shelter under a large rosemary bush during her journey. It later came to be known as the Rose of Mary in honor of the Virgin Mother. In France, the rosemary herb was sometimes referred as Incensier since it was an alternative to incense and was often burned in ceremonial rituals. Rosemary is long known to improve memory . So much that, scholars and students of ancient Greece often wore bands of rosemary on their heads to help them retain the memory, especially while taking exams. The legendary Shakespeare’s Ophelia appeals to Hamlet with, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember.” Grow rosemary in your home herb garden for its evergreen healing power.

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Growing Rosemary Plant

Rosemary planting is largely done in Spain, Italy and France. Growing rosemary requires a climate similar to the Mediterranean, which is cold winters and moderate summers. The full grown 60 to 75 cm shrub is dense and evergreen with woody branches bearing cylindrical, inwardly folded thick, sessile leathery leaves. The green leaves have a characteristic strong aroma and are rough at the top with small white hairs at the bottom surface. The flowers grow profusely in white clusters with a slight bluish tinge during season.

 

Healing Power of Rosemary

Rosemary was widely used by Europeans as a medicine. It has antioxidant, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties. For centuries, rosemary has been used to treat intestinal cramps, spasms, arthritis, baldness, stomach upset and bruises. Contemporary scientific research suggests that rosemary may be useful for Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. The camphor content in finely chopped rosemary oil improves blood circulation. Using rosemary in bath helps stimulate blood circulation and rejuvenates the skin. Rosemary is not only fungicidal but also diuretic. It stops growth of yeast and helps remove yeast cells from the lining of the urinary.

A hot infusion of rosemary herb is taken for colds, flu, rheumatic pains and indigestion. It is a stimulating drink to cure fatigue and headaches. Tinctures are taken as a stimulating tonic and combined with oats, skullcap, or vervain for depression. Rosemary Compresses soaked in hot infusion are used for sprains alternating with ice packs every two or three minutes to relieve pain. A hair rinse from infusions is used to treat dandruff. .Rosemary Extracts are commonly found in commercial shampoos. Massage oil is made from diluting rosemary oil with neutral oil. Use this oil to massaging the aching joints and muscles or into the scalp to stimulate hair growth.

Rosemary and Garlic, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Provence, France
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Rainwater Harvesting for Your Home Herb Garden

Rain is grace;rain is the sky condescending to the earth;
without rain, there would be no life.

– John Updike

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Exaco 73 Gallon Oval Rain Barrel
Exaco 73 Gallon Oval Rain Barrel

Implement Rainwater Harvesting for Your Home Herb Garden
Demand of water is increasing day by day . Not only do we need water to cook , bathe and wash linen, water is also used heavily in industries as an universal solvent, for cleaning purposes, generating electricity and farming in agriculture. An urban citizen requires almost double the amount of water compared to the rural citizen. Water bodies are disappearing due to rapid urbanization , construction of buildings and loss of green cover. We cannot deny the fact that water preservation is everybody’s business.

According to a latest research and technology used by Japan’s Sanyo firm rainwater on roof top reduces heat penetration in the building which translates to energy savings and reduction of electricity bill. This system uses ozone for sterilization, de-odorization, de-coloration, removal of virus and organic matter. Bacteria and algae may develop in rain water stored in tank. Ozone purifies the water and leaves no residues as it is converted to oxygen due to its oxidizing properties.

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Good Ideas IMP-L50-TC Impressions Palm Rain Barrel, 50-Gallon, Terra Cotta

Essential Components Of Rainwater Harvesting System
The necessary components of a complete rainwater system comprises of catchments ,gutters, mesh, filters, conduits, storage tanks and recharged trenches , pits. Catchments are the barrels, tanks or artificial ponds that directly receive the rainwater through rainfall, pipes and drains. It can also be a paved area of terrace or roof-top. The roof should be made of reinforced cement concrete (RCC), galvanised iron or corrugated sheets for rain water harvesting. Mesh is required to check the debris. Gutters are the the channels to collect the water from all possible origins and slope. Bamboo or beterl trunks can be used for this purpose. Conduits are pipelines usually made of polyvinyl chloride that carry rainwater from the catchment or rooftop to the harvesting system. A first flush device is used to flush out the first spell of rain. This is essential since the first spell of rain carries relatively large amount of pollutants from the atmosphere.

Rainwater Purification and Storage
Rainwater is purified with a filter that is used to remove suspended pollutants. A filter unit is a chamber filled with layers of fibre, coarse sand and gravel to remove debris and dirt from water before it enters the storage tank or recharge units. Charcoal and alum can be added for further filtration.

For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the water which is essential for flora and fauna. We have turned the precious resource into a garbage destination where all industrial wastes and drainage flow.

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