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.

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