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Rosemary

Leaves, Whole, 25 Gr from Peru (SKU 3146)

Excellent quality Rosemary from Peru. Locally this herb is called Romero and is used as a spice as well as an incense. The leaves can also be used in Rapé preparations, by adding some (finely powdered) leaves, or the ashes thereof, to the recipe.



Rosemary belongs to the Lamiaceae, commonly known as the mint family. It is related to other well-known herbs such as the basils (Ocimum), thymes (Thymus) and mints (Mentha), but its closest relative is the genus Salvia, which includes at least 900 species. One of these is sage (Salvia officinalis). Many scientists believe that rosemary is so similar to Salvia that it should be included in this group. Salvia and rosemary both have only two stamens (male organs of the flower, containing pollen), whereas in the mint family the usual number of stamens is four.

Other names: Romero, Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary

Rosemarinus officinalis traditionally has been used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes—boosting memory, relieving muscle pain/spasm, stimulating hair growth and supporting the circulatory and nervous systems, increasing urine flow and treating indigestion. The University of Maryland Medical Center website reports that “none of these uses have been studied scientifically in humans. However, study in humans found that long-term daily intake of rosemary prevents thrombosis.”

A member of the mint family, rosemarinus officinalis is a woody, perennial herb whose needle-like leaves, white, pink, purple or blue flowers and low maintenance requirements make it a popular landscaping plant. It is perhaps even better known as a food seasoning to flavor meats and many Mediterranean dishes. [1]

In addition to being a fine flavoring of many Mediterranean dishes, Rosemary develops a delicate flavor when used as an incense. Put 1 tablespoon of rosemary on top of the charcoal, and enjoy the refreshing and purifying scent. The leaves can be ground into a fine powder, or they can be applied as a whole.

Large quantities of rosemary leaves can cause serious side effects including vomiting, spasms, coma, pulmonary edema and miscarriage. It is recommended that people with high blood pressure, ulcers, Chrohn’s disease or ulcertative colitis not take rosemarinus officinalis. Meanwhile, rosemarinus officinalis can be toxic and should never be taken orally. Pregnant or nursing women can eat rosemarinus officinalis as a food spice but should avoid it as a supplement. 2

This natural product is offered for its ethnographic and historical value and is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for a specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen, or a scientific sample. The information provided is purely meant for historical, scientific and educational purposes and should never be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific use. The use and application of our product is at the customer's decision, responsibility and risk.
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