Known since ancient times, rosemary is a plant that we are used to using mainly at the table, as a condiment for the most diverse dishes, especially meat-based. However, rosemary has significant beneficial properties that the Romans, for example, knew very well: in fact, they used rosemary as a medicinal herb used to combat sore throats, toothaches, sprains and sprains. Paradoxically, its use as a medicine precedes that of food: it is only in 300 AD, in fact, that rosemary makes its appearance on the tables for the first time. As well as with food, rosemary can be taken in the form of a decoction, herbal tea or infusion, alone or accompanied by other herbs with similar effects. The infusion is excellent for helping digestion and fighting gastrointestinal pain, and can also be used by those suffering from gastritis to soothe heartburn and disinfect the stomach. Rosemary also has a beneficial action in cases of colitis, reducing vomiting. Herbal teas are used for the most disparate purposes: first of all as natural tonic, as they help to overcome moments of particular tiredness, favoring the recovery of strength after physical or intellectual efforts that have determined states of exhaustion. The herbal tea is also very useful against heart pain and pain due to rheumatism. The decoction instead of rosemary is preferable in cases of intense sore throat: its purifying action helps disinfect the throat and eradicate bacteria.
Decoction - rosemary decoction">How to prepare rosemary decoction
Rosemary is a perennial plant, which is therefore found all year round and is always green: rosemary leaves can therefore be harvested at any time of the year, even if the ideal time is spring. Care must be taken to pick the most tender leaves, the new ones, and only the thinnest branches. If you prefer to have them ready, dried rosemary leaves are sold in every herbalist's shop. In both cases, the quantity of rosemary leaves to be used to prepare a decoction is fifty grams. After carefully cleaning all the twigs and washing them to remove any soil residues, put them in a saucepan full of water (about half a liter) and bring to a boil. From the moment you notice the first bubbles, let it boil for about ten minutes, then turn off the stove, cover with a lid and let the decoction cool down a bit (five minutes is enough). Subsequently, with a colander, carefully filter the decoction and pour it into a mug. The recommended dose of decoction is one cup a day, two in cases of particularly resistant sore throat. Another type of decoction more suitable for counteracting water retention (and therefore preventing the onset of cellulite) is prepared using a dozen carefully washed rosemary leaves and a cup of water: both the leaves and the rosemary must be poured into a saucepan to put on the fire. Subsequently it is necessary to filter the decoction, let it cool and drink it after meals, one to three times a day. The last decoction is prepared with forty grams of rosemary and about a liter of water. The procedure is always the same: you have to let the water and rosemary boil for five minutes, let it rest for a quarter of an hour and then filter carefully. This decoction, excellent for disinfecting and purifying the liver, should be taken every morning on an empty stomach.
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The properties of rosemary decoction
Rosemary is a widely used herb in the field of herbal medicine, the science that exploits the beneficial properties of flowers, plants and herbs while treating medium or mild diseases. In addition to helping those suffering from slow digestion or those who are frequently affected by intestinal pains and pangs, the decoction of rosemary helps to recover the physical shape thanks to its energizing and revitalizing action. Rosemary soothes headaches, vomiting and various types of neuralgia, while the decoction in particular can be used in cases of alopecia (a disease that causes localized hair loss): rosemary, in fact, helps to overcome the stress that determines the 'onset of alopecia and promotes hair regrowth. Another important one properties of rosemary is the draining and diuretic one: this herb helps fight water retention and quickly eliminate toxins from the body. Circulation also benefits, especially the peripheral one, which is effectively stimulated: this helps to counteract skin blemishes such as cellulite. Like many other herbs, rosemary is useful for treating but above all for preventing the onset of these diseases. After large meals, abuse of sweets, sausages and frying, the decoction of rosemary it can be a real cure-all: it helps to purify and detoxify the liver.
Contraindications of rosemary
Like all healing herbs, rosemary should also be used in moderation: excess, in fact, can cause more or less severe irritation of the stomach and intestines, up to causing mild forms of gastritis. Since rosemary has considerable healing properties, it is also advisable, before starting to use it, to consult with your doctor and evaluate the benefits and possible contraindications deriving from the constant use of this herb.
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