ABOUT WILD ROSEMARY (LEDUM PALUSTRE)
Other names of this plant are Marsh Labrador tea, northern Labrador tea or Rhododendron tomentosum. Usually in mid-May the level of water in swamps decreases. It’s time when cranberries, wild rosemary and other plants begin to bloom. Wild rosemary thickets look like big and white snow drifts, from afar. But if you approach closer, you feel a strong and intoxicating aroma. It happens because Ledum palustre emits essential oil, which includes about 60 components with exciting and toxic effect.
HOW TO USE WILD ROSEMARY
It was observed that wild rosemary promotes alcoholic intoxication. In the past, unscrupulous brewers even added wild rosemary to beer at large festivals such as weddings, so as people drank less beer and became drunk faster. In small quantities, without the addition of alcohol wild rosemary is a good remedy for the treatment of bronchial asthma, severe chronic bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis and alleviating the symptoms of the common cold and flu.
TINCTURES, REMEDIES and RECIPES from WILD ROSEMARY
WILD ROSEMARY INFUSION
Pour 5 grams of wild rosemary stems and flowers with a glass of boiling water, infuse for 15-20 minutes. Take no more than one tbsp. 3-4 times a day.
WILD ROSEMARY OINTMENT
Pour 2 tbsp. of wild rosemary stems with 5 tbsp. of sunflower oil. Leave for 12 hours. Use for the topical treatment of eczema, gout, bruises, frostbites and fungal diseases.
Remember, that being among flowering wild rosemary for 1 hour may lead to the stupefying of the collector. So, be careful.