Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis is a herb used in medicine for thousands of years. The name rosemary comes from the color of the flower, a beautiful blue: “ros” means dew, rosemary – dew Navy.
The use of Rosemary in ancient medicine was proved by several findings; leaves of this plant were discovered in the Egyptian tombs of the pharaohs. Also ancient Greek students wore on their head a rosemary wreath to stimulate blood circulation in the brain and improve their memory.
Hundred of years ago French doctors used rosemary as a disinfectant; they boiled it along with juniper and used the obtained solution to clean the floors or burned the rosemary leaves to disinfect the air.
The most important benefits of Rosemary
Rosemary is used for its following effects:
– Significantly improves blood circulation, relaxing the muscle pains and stimulating brain circulation for people who want to improve their memory and attention.
– Reduces blood cholesterol.
– Regulates biliary secretion and favors its elimination in the duodenum, also having beneficial effects on liver function. It is indicated in jaundice.
– Decreases menstrual pain and muscular cramps; is a good anti spastic.
– It is useful for treating bad joints, osteoarthritis, gout.
– Because it improves blood circulation and relaxes the muscles it’s also useful in treating asthma and lung diseases such as colds, bronchitis, even as an adjunct in pneumonia.
– Regulates blood pressure, including the intracranial one, reducing headaches. Rosemary is often used in aromatherapy against migraines.
– Improves peripheral circulation for people who suffer from cold hands and feet.
– Rosemary aromatherapy is indicated for smokers as certain substances found in the cigarette smoke (like nicotine) has vasoconstrictive actions, spasms of blood vessels reducing blood circulation in the tissues they irrigate.
Often the most powerful vasoconstriction in smokers occurs in peripheral circulation in the limbs and the effects are more visible to fingers. In the case of bad smokers the peripheral circulation of fingers can become so reduce because of the vasoconstriction, that local tissue dye, suffer from gangrene and require amputation of the affected fingers. Rosemary prevents such complications and improves pulmonary blood circulation and thus the respiratory function.
– It’s a good brain tonic and is used including to combat nightmares. Doctors from the medieval period suggested that patients that suffer from nightmares sleep with a few leaves of rosemary under the pillow.
– Rosemary is a good intestinal tonic and for the entire digestive tube, regulating the intestinal contractions. It is used for treating abdominal cramps and due to its antiseptic powers becomes useful in treating infectious intestinal diseases, such as eneterocolita.
– Rosemary treats insomnia
– Rosemary is a special ingredient in the cosmetic industry as it improves the circulatory function of the skin, offering a higher intake of nutrients, vitamins and oxygen to the cells and also accelerating the absorption of other ingredients found in cosmetic products.
Rosemary regenerates the skin, restores the subcutaneous structures, improves local circulation and gives the skin that young, strong and elastic look.
– Rosemary fights obesity, stimulates fat burning and reduces cholesterol. Rosemary is useful in treating dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension. Rosemary prevents cardiac and cerebral arrest.
– Rosemary is useful in asthenia conditions, convalescence and anemia.
Rosemary is used in various forms: oil, dried leaves, spices, extracts for cosmetic products or bath salts. Along with lavender, rosemary is one of the best in aromatherapy remedies.
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