#Mamoon & #mamoonremedies is inspired by the need for alternative to modern-day medical cures. Each month, or when time permits, @thehorseandcrow will focus on the history of a plant, its ethnobotanical uses, and how current research helps to support its historic use. This month, @mothraqueen has honored us with the ability to share a powerful symbolic painiting she made for, ‘Freedom’ at Burning Man 2017 entitled, “The Tower.” #pain, #internal, #IBS, #painrelief, #paracelsus, #respirtorydisorders, #lovesymbol, #colitis, #matriarchy, #depression, #anxiety #antiinflammatory #rosmarinusofficialis
I had originally come across the benefits of rosemary on a recent family visit to Cyprus. My grandmother was suffering, tremendously, from the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. After a bit of research, I found that rosemary, infused as a tea or made into a tincture could help relieve many of her symptoms. Symptoms of which I felt were an accompaniment to the anxiety and stress of losing her husband.
Rosemary is antispasmodic, which means that it can help relax the muscles, particularly around the gut and intestines. With IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome), for example, part of the reason the condition is so painful, is due to the spasms which occur in the gut. These also cause bloating.
Rosemary relieves these symptoms. pharmacists of whom found that its oil, “…has a marked action on the digestive system, with relieving the symptoms of indigestion, constipation, and colitis.”
There are an incredible amount of gastrointestinal issues that rosemary helps to alleviate and throughout history it has been used to stimulate appetite, to help digestion and work against stomach pain and dyspepsia, ulcers, diarrhea, flatulence and bloating and also aids in dispelling intestinal worms and parasites.
In 2011, The journal of established that Rosemary leaves hydro alcoholic extract (RHE) and essential oil (REO) “are both effective to possess anti-colitic activity, and reinforce the use of this plant as a remedy for inflammatory bowel diseases in traditional medicine”
The antioxidants in rosemary have been proven to reduce and prevent the unhealthy amount of white blood cells which are present with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Try making a rosemary tisane, or tea infusion next time you are experiencing flatulence, bloating and mild spasms of the gastrointestinal and biliary tracts. The leaves alone (especially younger ones) are the strongest in relieving and relaxing the stomach.
Against asthma, coughs, colds, and catarrhs, bronchitis, pneumonia. Rosmarinic Acid (RA) is a bronchodilator which means that it opens up the air passages while at the same time, RA inhibits leukotrienes that inhibit the bronchial flow. The antioxidants also decrease the pathogens that affect bronchial asthma by preventing free radicals.( Aqel M B, J Ethnopharmacol, 33 (1991) 57.)
In addition to the pain relief that comes from relieving the gastrointestinal tract, rosemary has been used to alleviate other pains ailing the entire body. Inhalation of the essential oil affects the perception of pain that a patient may feel. External use of rosemary oil can ease the pain of rheumatism and gout, especially in the winter, if symptoms are worsened by cold weather. As a poultice, it has been used as a way to heal wounds. An oil can also be rubbed on the stomach for its relief.
As a medicine, rosemary has the power to deliver a unique gift to a world suffering from the physical effects of the mind and body. In Part III: Stimulation, Purification and Regeneration, @thehorseandcrow will explore the power of its ability to ward off harmful diseases, or even spirits, as well as reverse some of the most pervasive ‘incurable’ health disorders in our world today.