“There’s rosemary and rue. These keep
Seeming and savour all the winter long.
Grace and remembrance be to you.”
(William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale, Act 4, Scene 4)
Rosemary is widely found all over literature and music. This herb has a fresh and sweet flavour and I use it a lot. Roast vegetables with rosemary are great, it makes focaccia (Italian style bread) taste divine and, of course, it makes meat dishes taste superb.
Originally from the Mediterranean region, rosemary is the symbol of fertility. In Europe, in the Middle Ages, brides wore a garland with rosemary to represent love, fidelity and loyalty, and rosemary leaves were placed on the bridal bed to ensure pleasure. Students in Ancient Greece wore rosemary sprigs on their hair to strengthen memory; also, rosemary sprigs were placed in between the fingers of the dead for immortality. One of this herb’s components works like a sex hormone and Shakespeare used to say that it was great for middle aged men.
Rosemary has many therapeutic properties: it is a great expectorant, fights bacteria, helps with digestion and depression, it has diuretic, anti-rheumatism, antiseptic and astringent properties.
A rosemary infusion brings many benefits:
- If you have rheumatic problems, add it to your bath water
- To fight hair loss, to strengthen hair and to prevent dandruff, add it to your shampoo as rosemary is extremely rich in antioxidants that help neutralise free radicals which are often responsible for hair loss
- Due to its analgesic, refreshing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-acne and tonic properties, it helps fight skin redness and acne. Soak a cotton pad with rosemary infusion and wipe it all over your face. Do it every day, during a few days
- If you suffer from flatulence, drink rosemary infusion every day
- It is good during your period as it alleviates menstrual cramps
- It relaxes nerves and muscles, improves the blood flow and stimulates the brain and memory
- It must not be used during pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding