Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Hebrew name:

רוזמרין רפואי

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Rosmarinus officinalis



Arabic name:

ندى الجبل אכליל אל-ג'בל

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In Israel it is growing in gardens and parks, it also can be found on hills on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Evergreen shrub with pale blue flowers, one of the Lamiaceae family. In Israel it is a very common, ornamental plant, in gardens and parks, partly because of its durability to dryness and air pollution. It can also be found on hills in the Mediterranean area.

The branches of the rosemary are soft in their early growth and become woody in their second year. Its leaves are needle-like, and their color is dark green at the upper side, and more gray at their lower side. The plant has a unique fragrance.
In folk medicine Rosemary was used as a remedy for: depression , digestive diseases , ear infections , throat and eyes infections and it also stimulates blood circulation. Many herbalists agree that Rosemary has qualities to nurture the hair and to prevent dandruff and hair loss.


Rosemary oil: we Solvents 10 drops of rosemary essential oil in 30 ml of olive oil. We can find rosemary Essential Oil in pharmacies and natural stores.
Rosemary brew: we take two handfuls of leaves and pour a liter of boiling water over them, we wait for about an hour and filter the brew.
For hair care and hair nurturing:  Dip your fingers in the oil and massage the scalp, wait an hour and wash it.
 Otherwise, shampoo the hair and after that wash it with the rosemary brew.
Those treatments are also helpful for prevention of dandruff and louses. 
For treating cold, flu, headache, throat infection and gastrointestinal diseases, we can drink two or three cups of the rosemary brew per day.
For increasing blood pressure drink a glass a day.

The origin of the name Rosemary is French and it means "sea dew".

The ancient Greeks used to wear on their children heads garlands of rosemary as a virtue for a sharp memory.

During the middle Ages, the rosemary was used as an amulet against witchcraft and evil eye.

Banks notes in his herbal book  ( 1525 ) "If you feel exhausted Boil the leaves in water and wash your body and you will feel fresh and clean …smell it frequently , and you'll always stay youthful" .
 In England courts of the 17th century, when prisoners were brought to justice, it was customary to disperse rosemary branches in order to protect judges from diseases that were spread in jails.
My mother, may she rest in peace, warned me not to use rosemary when I'm angry. Later she emphasized to avoid using rosemary in cases of high blood pressure and heart disease, because it raises the blood pressure. My mother would highly recommend rosemary brew for treating chronic low blood pressure.
My mother also used to wash her daughters hair with Rosemary brew, in order to keep their hair shiny.  First she shampooed their hair with a cube of soap that was made ​​from olives, and afterwards she washed their hair with rosemary brew. I must add that this cube of soap was also the laundry soap.