Rosemary - A Herb with Multiple Benefits
I have heard of rosemary extract so many times as it is an important ingredient in most high qualtiy skin care products. Rosemary extract can also be made at home. Rosemary is a remarkable herb and its extract comes from the branches of fresh flowering Rosmarinus officinalis shrubs that can grow without the external use of any chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The branches can be harvested only when they grow into complete flowers so that maximum extraction can take place. After harvesting them, the stems are abruptly cleaned and extracted while the flower is still fresh.
Rosemary has an exclusive aroma making you feel very fresh and lively. This herb has a high content of iron, calcium and vitamin B which are the basic requirements of our body. Also, it contains caffeic acid and rosemarinic acids that shields the brain from free radical, hence, reduces incidence of strokes and Alzheimer's disease; decreases inflammation caused by asthma; liver and heart disease. Rosemary is rich in Vitamin E too, which makes skin healthy and plays a key role in fighting against breast cancer by blocking the estrogensproduction; stimulates appetite; and has a soothing effect on muscle aches and joint pain, thus, it is helpful in arthritis.
I searched on the Internet and found some guidelines to make rosemary extract. This is just a simple thing if you have herbs that are growing in your garden: (a) pick them up in the morning and rinse properly under a running tap; (b) remove the entire stem and collect the rosemary needles in a bowl; (c) then, shift it into an air tight jar when you are sure that it is entirely cleaned; (d) lastly, add vodka in your jar and then again cover it and secure in a dark place. Allow these extract to get ripe for 4 to 6 weeks. Now this extract functions as soap, potpourri, tea and other purposes. This is a quick recipe to get these extracts and use them for your benefits.
I haven't tried this yet but I think it is a great idea to prepare it at home and use as required. This way, we can keep an eye on the quality and also save some money. Image Courtsey - Freedigitalphotos