Saturday, January 7, 2012

Article from Natural News on Sage & Rosemary + my notes on these great herbs as well.

Rosemary oil can be used as a natural meat preservative, and it works better than chemical additives

"In a 2006 study, essential oils of rosemary and sage performed better at preventing oxidative decay and preventing loss of polyunsaturated fatty acids in meat than a combination of BHA and BHT. This means rosemary oil and sage oil may be one of the best natural food preservers yet discovered, and instead of having detrimental side effects, these natural oils offers protective health benefits!"

 Rosemary and Sage, like many herbs, can be used in many forms and for many purposes.  Aroma therapy, bath oils and sachets, tea infusions, and tinctures.

Aroma therapy uses of Rosemary are great for stimulating and energizing a tired mind.  Bath oils and sachets of the herb can awaken a tired and stressed out mind while also relieving tensed or aggravated nerves.  Because of it's antispasmodic properties and ability to clear stressed minds and headaches, an infusion of Rosemary leaves in a tea is often used for relief of flu symptoms.

Sage, like Rosemary, when used in aromatherapy is a great mind clearing and awakening herb.  Sage is also a great antibacterial, antiviral, and astringent.  Internally it is useful in helping the liver cleanse the body of toxins that could cause nerve and muscle pains.  Because of it's antibacterial and antiviral properties it's often used as a mouth rinse or gargle for sore throats, coughs, digestion problems do to bacteria and gingivitis.  Externally used as a tincture Sage can be applied to injuries for symptom relief of swelling, bleeding, and treatment/prevention of infection.  Sage is also used as a deodorant because of it's ability to kill odor causing bacteria and its ability to lesson excessive sweating. 


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