Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rosemary - for what to use

People for centuries used the flowers of rosemary and sprouts in bloom. Widest use have leaves, which are collected in the summer and then placed to dry.

It is believed that the rosemary oil stimulates and increases energy and suppresses excessive sweating.

It is an excellent remedy for stomach and nerves and helps in treating headaches.

It is used in hair lotion, not only because of the pleasant odor, but also for the stimulation of hair roots and to prevent premature baldness .

Rosemary helps with rheumatism, applied so that they massage the diseased parts of the body, after which they must be wrapped with a cotton cloth.

If you suffer from diseases of the stomach and intestines, you take 3 drops of oil on a sugar cube or in a teaspoon of water.

Essential rosemary oil is used in aromatherapy to increase concentration, memory and relieve stress.

Bath with rosemary oil works relaxing the entire body. Add in the hot water in the bathtub 5-10 drops of rosemary oil.

Rosemary can be used ... 

  • for the improvement of memory and concentration 
  • depression 
  • headache 
  • as a natural antibiotic 
  • for muscle pain 
  • gout and rheumatism 
  • indigestion and colic 
  • stimulation of the kidneys 
  • with hair loss and dandruff 
  • as a natural aphrodisiac

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rozmarin; Rosemary; Kranzenkraut; Romarin;

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region, but you can find it also in the continental region. The name rosemary derives from the Latin for  "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word, meaning "flower".

Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses. The plant is said to improve the memory. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffings and roast meats.

Culinary use
The leaves, both fresh and dried, are used in traditional Italian cuisine. They have a bitter, astringent taste and are highly aromatic, which complements a wide variety of foods. Herbal tea can be made from the leaves. When burnt, they give off a mustard-like smell and a smell similar to burning wood, which can be used to flavor foods while barbecuing. Rosemary is high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Rosemary extract has been shown to improve the shelf life and heat stability of omega 3-rich oils, which are prone to rancidity.Rosemary oil is used for purposes of fragrant bodily perfumes or to emit an aroma into a room. It is also burnt as incense, and used in shampoos and cleaning products.

Traditional medicine
Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory and has been used as a symbol for remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia. Mourners would throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead.

Rosemary contains a number of potentially biologically active compounds, including antioxidants, carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid. Other chemical compounds include camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, rosmaridiphenol and rosmanol. Rosemary antioxidants levels are closely related to soil moisture content.

Rosemary is used as antiseptic and anticellulite. It helps regrow mice hair exposed to and growth stunted by testosterone.

In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies. The bride would wear a rosemary headpiece and the groom and wedding guests would all wear a sprig of rosemary, and from this association with weddings, rosemary evolved into a love charm.

Rosemary was used as a divinatory herb. Several herbs were grown in pots and assigned the name of a potential lover. They were left to grow and the plant that grew the strongest and fastest gave the answer. Rosemary was stuffed into poppets (cloth dolls) to attract a lover or attract curative vibrations for illness. It was believed that placing a sprig of rosemary under a pillow before sleep would repel nightmares, and if placed outside the home it would repel witches. Somehow, the use of rosemary in the garden to repel witches turned into signification that the woman ruled the household in homes and gardens where rosemary grew abundantly. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How to use basil in the treatment

Against anxiety, restless sleep and migraines

60 to 80 grams of dried basil leaves and flowers pour with a liter of boiling water and leave to stand for 30-50 minutes. Strain and drink without sugar. During the day, drink 2 to 3 cups of tea.


Against dry skin and dandruff

30 grams of basil pour with 200 grams of boiling water. Leave to rest for half an hour. Lave your face and massage your scalp with this tea.

For strengthening sexual potency

Daily drink 2-3 cups of tea of basil.

Against stress

Take 2 tablespoons basil leaf and flower and one tablespoon spices and parsley, pour with 600 grams of boiling water. Leave to stand for 2 hours, strain, sweeten with honey. Drink before breakfast, lunch and dinner 200 grams of this tea.

Monday, April 15, 2013

How to use basil?

Basil contains essential oil, tannins, saponins and bitter substances. Contains many substances that act as a preservative and prevents the growth of many microorganisms and destroy them.

In folk medicine used to treat anxiety, restless sleep, dizziness, stomach cramps, cough, angina, boosting appetite, better urination, kidney inflammation, headache, potency, skin cleansing, etc.

It can be grown in pots and gardens. Propagation is by seed. 
Leaves and flowers should be harvested just before flowering and use them immediately or dried in the shade. Often basil dried hanged in small bundles then crumble and put basil in jars. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Basil (Ocymum basilicum L.)

One of my favorite plants is the sweet basil.
Basil is native from India. It was brought from India by Alexander the Great. Cultivated in the gardens of ancient Rome. In the south of France has grown more than 12 centuries. It is widespread in many European and non-European countries for distillation of essential oils. In Serbia cultivated since ancient times as flowers, spice and less like medicine herbs.

Basil plant grows as a small shrub, as can be seen in the photograph above (where I was surrounded by all kinds of basil), up to 50 cm.
It has small serrated leaves and white or pink flowers.
The whole plant smells pleasant. The leaves are used in preparing food as a spice.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to prepare mint tea?

One teaspoon of tea pour with a cup of boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes and strain.


2 glasses of this wonderful tea is enough to drink per a day.

Monday, March 11, 2013

How to use peppermint

Peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal use, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago.

Peppermint has a high mentol content, and is often used in tea and for flavouringice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste. The oil also contains menthone and menthyl esters. Dried peppermint typically has of volatile oil containing menthol , menthone , menthyl acetate , menthofuran and cineol. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos, soaps and skin care products. Menthol activates cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin and mucosal tissues, and is the primary source of the cooling sensation that follows the topical application of peppermint oil.

Peppermint is commonly used to soothe or treat symptoms. Examples would be nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel, and bloating. It is also used in aroma therapy.

Peppermint flowers are large nectar producers and honey bees as well as other nectar harvesting organisms forage them heavily. A mild, pleasant varietal honey can be produced if there is a sufficient area of plants.
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