Its essence stimulates the mind, awakens a sense of desire and warms the body. Rosemary promotes blood circulation, thus helping to normalise low blood pressure. Moreover, it aids digestion, alleviates muscle and joint pain and improves concentration.
In Ancient Greece, rosemary was dedicated to Aphrodite – the goddess of love. A rosemary wreath decorated the bride's head at weddings as a symbol of love, fertility and loyalty. The plant also served as a sign of commemorating the deceased: mourners decorated the coffin with the fragrant sprigs. In the 16th century, rosemary became a well-known fountain of youth: the "Aqua Reginae Hungariae" extracted from fresh leaves went down in history as the first distilled perfume. It got its name from Queen Isabella of Hungary. She had been given the water by a hermit as a remedy against age-related rheumatic ailments. The King of Poland is said to have asked for her hand in marriage (at the time the queen was 72 years old), because thanks to this miracle distillate she not only recovered but was also rejuvenated.
Invigorating fountain of youth
Rosemary promotes blood circulation and warms the body. It bolsters circulation, thus counteracting blood pressure which is too low. It eliminates fatigue and improves efficiency and memory. If applied internally or externally, it relieves rheumatic muscle and joint pain thanks to its blood circulation-enhancing effect. Rosemary also eases menstrual cramps and allows the blood to flow again without any pain. It is also effective against flatulence and bloating, aids the digestion of fat and eases cramps in the bile ducts and small intestine. Thanks to its warming effect, when applied externally it has proven to be effective even in case of chronic liver diseases.
Leaves like needles
The plant is an evergreen subshrub which can grow up to one and a half metres tall. Its upright branches are densely branched and square. In the second year, they start to lignify in the bottom section. The needle-shaped leaves grow spirally arranged on the youngest sprigs. On the top side they are coarse, leathery and dark green. The edges of the leaves are curled up, so that only a narrow, white-tomentose stripe is visible from underneath. In the leaf axils, the blue-purple Lamiaceae grow on short side shoots. Rosemary has a characteristic, resinous and aromatic fragrance.