Health with herbs!
Rosemary herb always conjures up the image of a plant with rose-like soft satiny leaves, carrying the smell of sweet roses. Not until I came across the real herb plant. The leaves, to my surprise, were spikey, short, skinny and woolly needles carrying a eucalyptus or camphor-like smell. However, my research on the health benefits of this magic herb even got me to fall in love with this spikey bush that had little or no resemblance whatsoever to the real roses.
The spikes of rosemary have essential oils that contain tannin and resin. The oil makes a stimulating rub for arthritic conditions. Its uniqueness in smell and taste is what makes rosemary an important herb to flavour wines, vinegar, oil and butter. Sprigs of rosemary, when
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The most important constituents of rosemary are carnosol, carnosic acid, caffeic acid and its derivatives such as rosmarinic acid. These compounds have powerful antioxidant activity. Rosmarinic acid is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. Rosemary helps in stimulating appetite and in the secretion of gastric juices. It is also used as supportive therapy for rheumatism and circulatory problems. It is used in headaches, as well as for nervous complaints. Externally, trichologist claim that rosemary is very often used in hair care products and lotions as it stimulates hair follicles to renewed activity and prevents premature baldness. It is also a hot favourite with cosmetologists for its anti-ageing properties. To avoid bad breath, use rosemary as an effective mouth rinse. Because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties, it becomes a very useful herb to have it potted in your little kitchen patch.
Rosemary can take some time to fill in as a plant, so be patient. It is usually propagated by cuttings. Seeds can take time to sprout but it is much faster to start with a cutting. Try rooting it out in a glass of water with a little of the growth hormone added to speed it up. Then you can transfer the little joey into mother earth. The three fundamentals for successfully growing rosemary are enough sunlight, good drainage and proper air circulation.
To make use of rosemary’s health boosting properties, try a cup of rosemary herbal infusion. It helps in colds, influenza, indigestion, fatigue and headaches. One sprig with a cup of boiling water poured over it and left to stand for five minutes, makes a revitalising and stress-relieving tea.
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