Monday, April 25, 2011

Guest Post--Rosemary

April 25, 2011

Hey Ya'll--hope everyone had a joyous Easter--we did, fer sure!

Had a huge thunderstorm last night--power went off, but no worries, we had candles and flashlights. Got up, still no power, but again, primitive technology served us well. Braidin' the Redneck's hair this mornin' had a real old west feel to it. Kinda romantic, ya know?

Well, I have another guest post for ya'll from Becky. This time, we are learnin' a bit about one of my absolute favorite herbs--Rosemary.

Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis can be used medicinally, culinary, as an essential oil in aromatherapy and has even been used in certain legends.
It acts as a circulatory and nervine stimulant (which strengthens the nerves & their pathways). Rosemary also can help in the toning and calming of the  digestive system and it can be beneficial where psychological tension is present.
Rosemary can help with flatulent indigestion, nausea, headaches or depression associated with debility.
To aid in depression, one may mix rosemary with skullcap, kola and oats.
Externally it can help ease muscular pain, spasms, sciatica, neuralgia & can aid in menstration.
It's also a parasiticide & anti-microbial...which means it can kill parasites & microbes within the human body.
It can act as a stimulant to the hair follicle and may be used in premature baldness, but the essential oil is most effective here.
Only the leaves & twigs are used and are at their best when gathered during the summer while in their flowering stage.
To make an infusion (tea) with rosemary: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse in a covered container for 10-15 mintues. This should be drunk three times a day. Take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.
If you plan on using the essential oil of rosemary, there are certain precautions that should be taken, as the oil is more potent.
Well, what do ya think? Please let me know if these posts help ya'll with information, and if you would like more.
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2011 by Evelyn Edgett

1 comment:

  1. Dear Evelyn,

    I love rosemary! We have a little potted one that sits on our kitchen windowsill, and gets constantly picked on, poor thing! My friend in California says she's going to send me a bunch from her yard, which is exciting. :)

    Rosemary tea is very nice-tasting, and I add it to potatoes and soups all the time. I never knew it was good for depression, though, although I like it in hair rinse, too!