Rosemary is a very popular seasoning in Mediterranean cuisine. It is used in many dishes to give an aromatic touch and added flavor to meat and fish. Surely that is the first thing that comes to mind.
But if we go back a few years… its use is even more curious. Did you know that it was used in funeral rites? Moreover, it was also used in a military way in many wars. and how? you will ask yourself. The form is simple: it was used by doctors and soldiers to wash their hands and to make ointments.
And… today, after analyzing its chemical composition, apart from for gastronomy, it is also used as a component in drugs and medicinal creams with very surprising effects.
Of course we owe a lot to rosemary… do you dare to read this article?
The story about rosemary is fascinating; from wars to witchcraft
Before talking about the properties of rosemary and its qualities, a brief review of its history will provide us with a unique perspective as this plant has accompanied us for many years and has been used in all possible aspects: warfare, gastronomy, rituals and even witchcraft. .
In Ancient Greece special powers were granted to this plant due to its smell and its mythology. A magical example is that in the academies crowns of rosemary were created, which were very popular among Greek students before an exam, to, according to them, improve their memory. As for the mythology that surrounds rosemary, it was considered an aphrodisiac since it was consecrated to the goddess Aphrodite of love. From a more scientific point of view, they discovered in the medical field that it was very suitable for treating wounds, so they used it in grasses mixed with other herbs to treat wounds. Finally, in homes, it was burned for two purposes, the first aromatic and the second magical. They purified the house of bad spirits while providing a good smell.
And it is that the magic of Romero did not vanish with Ancient Greece. In Christianity, when the Virgin Mary fled to Egypt, according to the Bible, she placed a branch of rosemary on a bed of white flowers. When they lifted the branch of rosemary, the flowers turned blue indicating that Jesus had been there. Rosemary has always been a plant closely related to the mystical.
Flash forward a few years to the Middle Ages, and the use of rosemary has evolved a bit more. It was given to pilgrims and soldiers. Why? What was the point of walking with a sprig of rosemary? Well, their main reason was two: it smelled good and contrasted with the smell of sweat from marches and long walks, making it more bearable for themselves, and, at necessary times, it could treat wounds such as scratches that arose along the way. . Also, on the other hand, it was believed that it removed curses that had been placed on the subject. Carrying a sprig of rosemary covered you and removed lingering curses on you. This last act is still done by some traditional gypsies in the Modern Age.
While the plant spread (native to the Mediterranean), in northern Europe it was used more medicinally, while in southern Europe it was increasingly a culinary and ritual ingredient, from funerals, where it was common to leave branches of rosemary in the tombs, even magical as we have mentioned before.
As you can see, it has been a very versatile plant throughout history.
Here on the left we have the crown and how ancient Greek students used it to improve their memory before exams. (It is important not to confuse it with Caesar’s laurel wreath.)
On the other hand, here on the right 👉, this is how rosemary was used medicinally. A paste was later made with water and other plants to spread the mixture on the wound
The medicinal and pharmaceutical properties of Rosemary
Now that you know the story, you probably want to know how much truth there is in them. The truth is that in the part of magic and rituals we cannot be sure, and in the gastronomic part, surely you already know it for yourself. And about the medicinal part? Surely you already imagine that it is, but we are going to confirm it with data.
After analyzing rosemary in laboratories, we find that its chemical composition is very rich and varied. It has phenolic acids, flavonoids (we have already talked about them enough), essential oils, diterpenes, triterpenic acids and triterpenic alcohols, (in fact, this is where practically all the rosemary alcohol extract mixed with a little water that is commonly sold in pharmacies).
Rosemary is highly antioxidant due to its richness in components, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. Regarding the properties of their active principle, they are used as an extract for drugs according to the qualities of each principle, for example flavonoids, depending on the type, can be antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antibiotic, etc. In this case, Rosemary can be used in various ways, but from our Phytodoxia laboratory we use it in our PhytoBody Lotion product due to its antioxidant properties that make it especially recommended for sensitive and atopic skin. It has a high content of vitamins and minerals, so it tones the skin.
As you can see, it is one of the most popular and most practical Mediterranean plants in the world, also in medicine. Do you dare to try it?