Useful properties of rosemary, the composition and application
What are the benefits of rosemary?
Rosemary – evergreen shrub, with a height of 1 m. Its leaves are oblong, like flat pine needles, if you grind them, they will start to smell the subtle pine scent. In early summer, the shrub blooms, and delicate blue flowers attract bees, because the plant is a bee plant.
One of the important properties of rosemary to purify the air. So the plant is helpful to keep in the house. Suitable for growing way of bonsai. Without skills it is quite difficult. But there is no reason for disappointment – even dried twig allows you to enjoy a refreshing scent in the apartment.
Superstitions and beliefs
Many useful properties of rosemary have been known even before the emergence of Christianity. Moreover, the plant was attributed miraculous properties: it was the guardian of the family, protection from evil spirits. With him was associated a huge amount of magical rituals, he even brewed a love potion. And the Church would have stopped the "diabolical rites and potions", if not for the powerful healing properties of rosemary. Reasoning sensibly, she decided to bring the plant to the "light forces".
Later rosemary was used in Christian rites of banishing evil spirits. Instead of incense fragrant weed was consecrated dwelling. Rosemary made mention of in the Bible. Artists painted it at the insistence of the clergy on the icons. And in some countries married couple still in love give rosemary wreaths to attract happiness and prosperity.
Properties and composition
The therapeutic properties of rosemary are enclosed in the leaves, young shoots and flowers. Enclosed tannins, essential oils, resins, flavonoids, rosmarinic and ursolic acid. Ursolic acid in its composition helps to combat muscle atrophy. Rosemary is a strong stimulator of immune function, due to the antioxidant properties.
More than a hundred diseases helps to fight this amazing healing plant, as it has sedative, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, tonic, cholagogue, diaphoretic properties.
No wonder this plant is recognized as in folk and traditional medicine, which continues to examine how useful the rosemary. Because the properties of its really unique, and contraindications to its use quite a bit: rosemary is not recommended for pregnant women and hypertensive patients.
In cooking, rosemary is mainly used as a spice. It can be added to fish and meat dishes. It goes well with game, wild mushrooms. You can season them with soups, salads and marinades. It also makes a good tea, medicinal tinctures and fine wine.
In medicine . as mentioned above, he paid special attention. After all, the main benefit of rosemary is help in combating disease. It effectively fights as "light", for example, colds and "serious" - even helps in recovery after a stroke, a positive effect on memory and eyesight. He also studied as a tool in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
In cosmetology rosemary has also found use as therapeutic and prophylactic drugs. Rosemary extract is added to oils, creams, masks, lotions and conditioners to improve the sheen and strength of the hair to tighten, refresh and cleanse the skin.
For example, a mask with rosemary are suitable for combination, oily skin and even oily skin. To prepare this mask is not difficult: base (usually green clay) need to add 3 to 5 (depending on skin type) drops of rosemary essential oil. The prepared mixture should be applied on the face and when the skin starts to pull off, wash it (usually 10-15 min). The procedure is performed 1-2 times per week. After a few sessions the skin will improve dramatically.
In the perfume industry rosemary is used for scenting rooms. If you have no way to grow a plant at home or in the office, but you like fresh, invigorating scent of rosemary, buy special funds and take pleasure.
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