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Castilian: rosemary.

English: Rosmarin.

In Europe, rosemary has been seen throughout history as a symbol of life, love, fertility and death. Ancient Greece as devoted to the goddess Aphrodite, and made crowns with leaves of rosemary, myrtle and bay leaves. The Belgian tradition recalls that babies do not bring storks, but that appear next to a rosemary kills.

INTRODUCTION: Legend has it that in the xvll century, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, to 72 years, suffering from rheumatic pain, regained health and rejuvenated thanks to what later came to be known as "water of the Queen of Hungary ': an alcoholic lotion made up of rosemary, lavender and peppermint. After his recovery, his appearance was so young, that the king of Poland called on the marriage proposal she rejected out of love for God, and that was who he had sent the marvelous elixir. Its use spread quickly among the ladies of a certain age to keep skin smooth and without wrinkles.

FEATURES: A kills less than one meter in height, although it can reach the metro and a half in some cases, the stem is woody, branched, populated by a multitude of narrow leaves and long (about 3 cm. By 3 mm) rigid, such as needles, with the edges rolled down its entire length, dark green in the upper surface and whitish on the bottom, because they are coated with a thick white hairs. From the armpits of the leaves emerge flowers with petals of violet blue. The flowering occurs constantly throughout the year. In colder climates, the flowers are twice a year, in spring and autumn. The fruits, tiny droplets of oil secrete highly appreciated by the ants, frequent visitor to the rosemary. The plant smells like incense and have an aromatic flavor (astringent)

LOCATION: It originates in the Mediterranean region where they live in the lowlands, near the sea Its scientific name could proceed d Latin ros marinus, dew and sea, to designate their status by the sea. He also agreed that interpretation in the Castilian nickname of 'flavor of the sea ". However, there are those who believe in the Greek rhops murinus bush and aromatic. It develops in limestone terrain, next to Encinal populating low - lying areas or no tree. Resists drought well. He is known also as Rosmarino and aroma of the sea.

ACTIVE: leaves, flowers and stems contain an essential oil, whose proportion varies depending on the time of harvest and the weather has been subjected to the plant. They have also organic acids, a glycoside, saponin and a bitter principle.

Medicinal properties: It is antiseptic (against infection) a stimulant, vulnerary (to heal wounds antispasmodic (regulates the bowel movements) and diuretic. It also serves to combat various skin diseases.

COLLECTING: Throughout the year, as it always is in bloom, but spring seems to be the era in which concentrate the active substance, especially in the weeks before had not rained. Reflects the flowering tops (twigs with flowers and leaves) Dry in the shade, in a ventilated place and kept away from the light.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: It is used in infusion (a twig so it can take three cups a day as a stimulant or as a digestive tonic. The same infusion is very effective against the wounds sores, applying it directly or soaking a gauze. In frictions or alcohol rosemary massage is very useful against disorders of the skin (let macerate is prepared flowering tops of 250 grams in a liter of alcohol for nine days.


Obstruction of bile.

Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe the essential oil through internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years or patients with gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, hepatopathy, epilepsy, Parkinson's or other neurological diseases.

Do not administer, or topically applied to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils.

Do not prescribe oral dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

You have to be cautious about prescribing the pure essential oil via internal: can cause headaches, muscle spasms, gastroenteritis, renal endothelial irritation at higher doses, it may be neurotoxic (convulsive) and abortion.

In topical use the essential oil producing flushing skin, should be avoided its application on wounds, skin blemished areas and contact with mucous membranes.

Caution / Poisoning.

Save the essential oil out of reach of children.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Infusion: one tablespoon per cup of dessert, infuse 10 minutes, three cups a day, before or after meals.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, 1 - 3 times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

Essential oil (see precautions, side effects, contraindications) 1 - 4 drops, one to three times a day, on a sugar cube, or in capsules (50 mg / caps, 2 or 3 a day)

Dry extract (5: 1) 300 mg / capsule, 1 - 3 / día.

External use:

Decoction: 30 - 40 g / l, boil 10 minutes. Apply in the form of baths, washing towels or embedded on injuries or sore areas in vaginal irrigations or friction on the scalp.

Essential oil: diluted to 2 - 5%, or oily solution in alcohol, to treat myalgia, neuralgia and inflammations osteo.

Glycolic extract (1: 5)


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