Posted by admin | Posted in Alternative Healing | Posted on 04-03-2012
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a common plant species in the Iberian Peninsula and, in general, throughout the Mediterranean basin. Used since ancient times in traditional medicine, thanks to the many properties those historically have been attributed.
Ensures that the Egyptian pharaohs were put on his grave a bouquet of rosemary to scent your journey to the land of the dead. Greeks and Romans considered it a symbol of regeneration. The Arabs supposed able to repel pests and part of their gardens. In the Renaissance, it was used to draw water from the famous Queen of Hungary and also burned in French hospitals to combat epidemics.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Today it is used as digestive plant, and externally as rubefacient. However, other studies have shown therapeutic properties that can be interesting.
In all, it’s most popular external applications. However, the interest in this aromatic plant now lies in the powerful antioxidant effect of some components such as diterpenes (especially rosmanol), by the great interest aroused by its antioxidant properties.
In fact, if one considers that it contains rosemary diterpenes are biosynthesized in plants in response to oxidative stress, to exert a protective effect of plant cell membranes, it is not surprising that exercise a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
Anyway, it has been found that both these components isolated as the drug extracts possess this activity. Furthermore, it has been observed to inhibit the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and aging of the skin caused by oxidation phenomena.