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Pagès has chosen to introduce Rosemary in several of its creations. This plant with its spicy and pronounced notes blends perfectly with other flavours and is known for its digestive benefits.
Focus on Rosemary, a medicinal plant known for its many benefits
ORIGINS OF ROSEMARY
The history of the use of Rosemary in phytotherapy begins in the Middle Ages. This plant, dear to medieval gardens, was once very popular.
But it was in the 14th century that special attention was paid to the benefits of this plant and its therapeutic powers. Rosemary is said to have been mixed with an alcoholate and used as a perfume by Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, hence its nickname "Hungarian water". The Queen, then 72 years old, would have solved her arthritis problems and would have benefited from the powers of this water of youth by seducing the young King of Poland who would then have proposed to her. It is said that the use of this water made the Queen more beautiful and gave her a second youth: she lived to 80 years old, an age that few people reached at that time.
Another story also puts Rosemary and its benefits on a pedestal. It is said to heal the illustrious Louis XIV with rheumatism that disabled his shoulder and arm. The Marquise de Sévigné also declared about Rosemary water: "It is divine, I get drunk on it every day. It's a fantasy like tobacco. I think it's good for sadness. I'm crazy about it, it's the relief of all the sorrows. »
This enthusiasm for Rosemary made it the most representative remedy of the old pharmacopoeia: the "Baume tranquille", the "Baume Opodeldoch", the vulnerable alcoholic drink, the aromatic wine, the "vinegar of the four thieves", etc. Many Rosemary products have been widely marketed under these names.
Throughout the ages, Rosemary has known many vernacular names: marine rose, crown grass, troubadour rosemary, virgin bouquet, incense. Each of them lets the imagination wander....
CHARACTERISTICS OF ROSEMARY
Rosemary is a shrub that likes to grow on arid and rocky soils. Abundant in the wild all around the Mediterranean, this plant can reach up to 1.50 to 2m in height in crops and is easily recognizable thanks to its long evergreen leaves with slightly rolled edges, dark green on the top and whitish on the bottom. It is often cultivated as a condiment plant or to form hedges.
Its woody stems are densely covered with linear and tough, opposite leaves, quite similar to coniferous needles.
Its first flowers, ranging from pale blue to purple, can be seen as early as February, in particularly mild climates. They colour the crops until April-May and are in the form of bunches, similar to ears of corn.
You will certainly come across this beautiful aromatic plant, with its very camphorated flavour, after a visit to the maquis, rockeries or garrigues. It is said that its smell also reminds us of incense.
USES OF ROSEMARY
Rosemary is granted many rather exceptional virtues. It is therefore used in many forms and for many purposes. Rosemary is obviously an unavoidable ingredient in herbal infusions. Its invigorating and beneficial properties for the liver and stomach justify its presence in infusions such as " Detox " or " Liver Comfort ".
More surprisingly, you can also find Rosemary wine! It is obtained by maceration for several days. We recommend drinking 2 to 3 small glasses of Rosemary wine per day. This would help to fight against skin ailments, blockages, swelling, sprains and even tiredness. Rosemary wine can also be applied locally to the skin: it is recommended to soak a compress of Rosemary wine and apply it to the affected part of the body.
Rosemary has proven itself in the field of beauty and continues to do so. Several natural beauty specialists recommend using Rosemary infused as a lotion or spray on the face to obtain a fresh complexion. This same infusion can be used to soak up painful rheumatic areas and, added to the bath water in appropriate quantities, gives anti-rheumatic or fortifying and stimulating baths for children and convalescents.
Also effective on the hair, Rosemary, combined with Nettle root and Burdock root, is visibly a hair care product that strengthens the hair. It is also said that Rosemary is effective in the treatment of dental ailments. Mouthwash with rosemary water can help to cure discomfort.
It should not be forgotten that Rosemary is also an ingredient commonly used in cooking. Its leaves and fresh or dried flowers bring original and pronounced flavours to meats, cereals, vegetables, desserts, etc.
BENEFITS OF ROSEMARY
Rosemary, a honey and condiment plant, is traditionally used for its effects on digestion and supports liver function. It contributes to the proper functioning of the bile duct and thus contributes to digestive comfort.
But it is not its only virtue: it is an essential asset to protect against winter viruses thanks to the antibacterial substances it contains, it promotes blood circulation, is an anti-stress and antitiredness, helps to restore memory and concentration, it is used against skin disorders and relieves rheumatism.
Nowadays, Rosemary is recognized for its stimulating and tonic action. It is recommended for the treatment of heavy legs to improve blood circulation.
It is also said that Rosemary stimulates the kidney glands and helps to avoid migraines, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, nervousness and of course intestinal disorders.
Despite the scepticism of our time, the halo of Rosemary's panacea of youth and beauty persists a little: it is still used to care for the skin and hair and is an important beauty ally in today's cosmetics.
Find Rosemary associated with Lavender and Thyme in the range of PAGÈS herbal teas, for a cocktail of medicinal plants rich in essential oils and soothing the respiratory tract, while indulging in the characteristic flavor of southern plants.
Associated with Apricot in the PAGÈS DETOX infusion, Rosemary stands out for its very original taste and leaves very pleasant notes in the mouth associated with the sweet and velvety notes of the fruit.
Our " Liver Comfort " herbal infusion is also made with Rosemary. Associated with Chicory, Lemon and Lime, Rosemary helps to support the normal functioning of the liver. This drink with its original and surprising taste is ideal for well-being.