I have heard of rosemary extract extremely often, as it is an important ingredient in most high quality 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 amazing aroma that makes you feel very fresh and lively. This herb has a high content of iron, calcium and vitamin B which are the basic requirements for our bodies. Also, it contains caffeic acid and rosemarinic acids that shields the brain from free radicals, hence, it allegedly reduces the incidence of strokes and Alzheimer's disease, and also apparently 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 Estrogen production. It's also said to stimulate appetite, and has a soothing effect on muscle aches and joint pain. Sufferers may find it particularly helpful in treating arthritis.
Want to create your own rosemary extract? It's simple enough if you have the herb growing in your garden:
(a) Pick rosemary in the morning and rinse properly under a running tap.
(b) Remove the entire stem and collect the rosemary needles in a bowl.
(c) Place in an air tight jar when you are sure that it is entirely cleaned
(d) Lastly, add vodka to your jar and then cover it. Secure in a dark place. Allow the extract to ferment for four to six weeks.
(e) Now it can function as soap, be used in potpourri, in teas and for a myriad of other purposes.
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