Rosemary: what are the benefits and how to make tea

Ah, Rosemary, Golden rosemary! Rosemary is an herb derived from the Mediterranean region and has been used for various purposes over the centuries.

During the time of the Roman Empire, it was normal to find this herb in the beds of houses. That’s because it was believed that rosemary brought love and expelled death.

In the Middle Ages, it was used to scare away evil things and to purify sick people who had incurable pests or diseases.

At the time of the Enlightenment, the herb was burned as incense in religious rituals. Some beliefs even use rosemary as a form of protection against the “evil eye”. Do you want to know more about the properties and uses of this herb? Check the text!

How is rosemary used?

Rosemary can be used in several ways: to perfume or decorate an environment and as a symbol of protection. Today, this aromatic herb is known for its culinary use as a seasoning in sauces, meats and tubers, in addition to having fame in the cosmetic industry.

Here’s how the most popular ways to use rosemary are:

Tea

The rosemary tea is one of the most common uses of the plant.

In addition to being tasty and fragrant, the drink has benefits such as helping with digestion (for this, you should drink the warm liquid after lunch or dinner).

Capsules

Rosemary in capsules is made with the extract or oil of this plant. This presentation is usually used to combat anxiety symptoms or to improve digestion.

To know exactly how many capsules can be taken throughout the day and at what time, the ideal is to talk to a doctor.

Oil

The main function of rosemary oil is cosmetic. This product can be applied to the skin and hair to perfume and moisturize them.

In the locks, the rosemary oil also helps to strengthen the threads and eliminates dandruff and other residues.

Rosemary in oil can also be used to make infusions or to perfume cosmetics and environments.

Seasoning

The flavor of rosemary is strong and is therefore used to season meats, especially pork, lamb and turkey.

It can even be used in pasta, like pasta, and tubers, like the various types of potatoes and cassava.

But be careful, the drier the branch, the stronger the flavor. In such cases, it is recommended to use less rosemary.

This herb can be used with other types of condiments and seasonings with garlic, olive oil, salt, peppers, oregano and even sauces that carry wine.

It is worth saying that rosemary should always be removed from the dish, before it is served. That’s because eating the leaves or branch of rosemary can irritate the intestines of some people, causing heartburn , pain and discomfort.

Beauty

Rosemary is used in various cosmetics, mainly in hair products, to prevent hair loss and dandruff.

In addition to industrialized essences, you can use it in a more homemade way to wash your hair, along with shampoos and conditioners.

To do this, just make a rosemary tea (preferably with the herb in natura) and apply the warm liquid on the strands. But you should n’t do this every day.

Decoration

From a sprig or even a wad of rosemary, this plant has a charm for many people.

To use rosemary as a way of decorating any environment, you can use the plant fresh or dry.

There are several options:

  • Place in glasses or bottles;
  • Tie in circles or bundles
  • Make an aromatic bouquet with other plants (such as lavender and cinnamon);
  • Hang the branches on the ceiling or on the walls;
  • Decorate candles, cutlery, pans, paintings, mirrors and windows;
  • Put a sprig on invitations, menus or placemarks.

Anyway, in this regard, rosemary can be used as creativity allows.

What are the benefits of rosemary tea?

This aromatic herb, when consumed correctly, can bring several benefits for digestion (aiding in the elimination of feces), menstruation and the central nervous system (fighting stress ). Rosemary is still used to fight colds and flu and improve hair health.

Learn more about each of these benefits:

For menstruation

Do you know when your period is late, but the symptoms of PMS and colic are already bothering you? Well, the rosemary tea can help give that “little push” for her to get down.

That’s because it causes mild contractions in the uterus, stimulating the flaking of the endometrium.

To sleep

A study done at the University of Maryland (USA) showed that rosemary has relaxing properties.

The herb also reduces stress and anxiety, allowing the person to sleep more easily and have a better quality of sleep.

For the flu

This plant has several antioxidants (such as caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid) that stimulate the production of antibodies and improve the immune system, making the body more resistant to infections.

In addition, rosemary tea also helps to control coughing attacks that can occur with the flu . This is because this drink eliminates phlegm from the lungs, since it has a good expectorant action.

For the nervous system

Rosemary is also known as the “memory plant”. In fact, it tends to improve memory and reasoning.

Concentration can also benefit from regular consumption of this herb.

In addition, rosemary can also help prevent anxiety and depression crises .

For hair

In hair, washing with rosemary tea or applying the oil of this herb helps to prevent hair loss and also eliminates dandruff.

Does rosemary tea lose weight?

Rosemary tea can help with weight loss, as it helps in intestinal transit (elimination of feces). In addition, this herb still has diuretic properties that decrease fluid retention (which cause bloating) and a feeling of satiety, which leads the person to eat less at other meals.

But of course, tea alone will not work miracles.

Therefore, a balanced diet (rich in fruits and vegetables) combined with the frequent practice of physical activities is essential in the process of healthy weight loss.

How to make rosemary tea?

Separate the ingredients and arrange the rosemary in your cup (the more branches, the stronger the tea will become). Then, add hot water and wait between 3 and 5 minutes before removing them. Strain the drink with the help of a sieve.

Although it is possible to make tea with dry branches, give preference to fresh rosemary , which makes the drink more natural (without industrial preservatives, for example).

Another tip is not to add any kind of sugar or sweetener, to make the tea healthier.

In addition to rosemary, you can add other delicacies to the drink. Find out about some of them:

Rosemary tea with ginger

When combined with ginger , rosemary can help regulate cardiovascular health. This combination promotes an “anti-fat” action in the veins and arteries, thus lowering bad cholesterol (LDL).

Rosemary tea with lemon

Rosemary tea with lemon is good for reducing anxiety and strengthening the immune system.

This combination is also a diuretic, facilitating the elimination of urine from the body, eliminating the feeling of bloating caused by fluid retention.

How much to take a day?

This drink can be taken, in general, up to 3 times a day: in the morning, in the middle of the day and at the end, before going to sleep.

If possible, always consume this liquid while still warm and in the most natural way possible.

Rosemary tea (like any other) should not be consumed every day, as it can cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

If you can not do without a cup of tea, the ideal is to rotate among the flavors (for example, rosemary on Monday, chamomile on Tuesday, fennel on Wednesday, etc.).

What are the side effects of rosemary tea?

Rosemary tea, when consumed in excess (more than 4 cups a day) can cause poisoning, diarrhea, insomnia , nausea, heartburn and gastrointestinal discomfort. In more severe cases, it can still lead to nephritis (kidney inflammation).

This drink should not be ingested by pregnant women and nursing mothers, as it stimulates uterine contractions which can cause spontaneous abortions. In addition, it is still related to the inhibition of breast milk production.

Men who have prostate complications and people with gastroenteritis should also not drink rosemary tea excessively.

In addition, the oil of this plant can cause redness in the skin and dermatitis in people with sensitive skin.

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