Rosemary - Romero
(Rosmarinus officinalis L.)
A herb in the mint family with medicinal, culinary ,and
ornamental uses. Upright growth with needle like scented leaves. Adored for its
long blooming period.
Tender shrub with glossy, strongly scented, evergreen needlelike leaves with a flashy light stripe below and blue, lavender, or white flowers. Flowers are borne on old growth in late winter. When grown outside in warm climates, most rosemary cultivars can grow up to six feet high. Prostrate forms creep along the ground.
Rosemary has a wide variety of use outside of the kitchen. History reveals uses from using rosemary for depression, headaches, muscle spasms, rheumatism, skin ailments and wounds. It was also burned in early hospitals along with juniper berries to "cleanse the air" as it does have some antibacterial effects.
The food industry uses the oil as a natural protectant against food spoilage organisms. The antibacterial and antifungal activities have been documented towards mold, Staphylococcus aureus, and E coli.
History also reveals it's use as a memory enhancer. According to Dr James A. Duke, "Some evidence suggests that oxidative damage cuased by highly reactive (free radical) oxygen molecules in the body plays a role in Alzheimer's. If that's so, rosemary should help. It contains a couple of dozen antioxidants-that is, compounds that help mop up free radicals."
Rosemary oil should be used sparingly since over use can produce poisoning symptoms. Always follow the directions on the containers that you purchase.
HerbMed.org Herbs for Health
Romero - Rosemary Graphic
Romero's Properties Favored by Aztec's
Aztec's Method of Use
- To Repel Insects and Aromatize your Home: You must have a fire proof container that you can hold in your hands without burning yourself.
- Ignite 4 to 6 charcoal brickets
- Place glowing coals in fire proof container
- Add a mixture of dry and fresh Romero leaves
- As the mixture smolders,go from room to room in your home.
(Use Common Sense with this One!)
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