Rosemary Incredible Benefits (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub, popular since antiquity, with extremely fragrant pale blue and off-white flowers that attract wildlife.
Native in the Mediterranean region, is now widely cultivated and used throughout the world. The essential oils that reduce anxiety, fatigue and stimulate memory. It has a long history of traditional use, and the ancient Greeks and Romans put its medicinal properties to good use.
It is part of the Lamiaceae family, along with mint, thyme, oregano and lavender.
We can enjoy the benefits of rosemary using its fresh or dried leaves, in infusions, using essential oils for topical use, inhalation.
This plant can be found in our infusions: infusion 1 and 2
In addition to its medicinal properties, it is an excellent shrub to have in the garden for its beauty, low watering and soil quality requirements and for being an incredible plant that attracts bees, butterflies and pollinating insects, stimulating biodiversity.
What makes rosemary so special?
Rosemary is particularly interesting for its neuropharmacological properties. And the results of scientific studies that prove its effect on mood, learning, memory, pain, anxiety and sleep are absolutely fascinating.
From the isolated chemical compounds up to the present day, everything suggests that rosmarinic and carnosic acids are responsible for these promising properties.
In the modern world, where more and more people suffer from stress, anxiety and depression and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, could rosemary be an ally?
What are the benefits of Rosemary?
The medicinal uses of rosemary have been praised for centuries and science has proven some of its properties such as:
- Anti-depressant and anti-anxiety
- Memory booster
On a nutritional level, rosemary is also an excellent source of B vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese.
- Rosemary is part of the famous French spice “Herbes de Provence”
- Due to its characteristic aroma, the Romans called it rosmarinus, which in Latin means dew of the sea.
- It is said that Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, who lived in the 13th century and who suffered from gout, regained her health and was rejuvenated thanks to rosemary. The recipe for water of youth would consist of rosemary, lavender and pennyroyal.
- Reader’s Digest Selection, 1983, Segredos e Virtudes das Plantas Medicinais
My name is Diana Rego and I am the founder of this project.
I grow up in a small farm in the North of Portugal, near the river and I spent a big part of my childhood playing with plants and watching with curiosity the tiny "animals" like crickets and ants that lived almost invisibly around us.
Maybe thats why i have early developed a passion for Nature. Sustainability, Conservation, Environmental Education and the confidence all of us can have an active and key role in society.
I graduated in Veterinary Medicine and I have worked as a veterinarian for several years abroad and in Portugal.
When I returned to my home country and with time i have come to realize the strugle for small farmers to sell their good quality organic products. The barriers they were facing with the big markets and the waste of non standard products such as small and "ugly" fruit.
More than a brand, Criatura aims to be a movement of sustainability and a new way to fight waste.
We create infusions for people who want to make the most of the flavors and benefits of organic products with innovative design, while reducing their environmental impact.
Together we can contribute to a more sustainable, ethical and fair consumption.
Our infusions are for everyone, they can be consumed at any time of the year and bring more joy at any moment of your day.
For the design of our beautiful packaging we had the collaboration of the Portuguese Illustrator Teresa Rego.
Use organic products, free of pesticides and without genetically modified organisms. Valuing national and local products. Giving another use to the small and “ugly” fruit, rejected by the big markets and supporting small producers.
It is difficult to dissociate sustainability from innovation. We need to constantly evolve and innovate if we want to develop different ways to combat waste and find the most interesting ecological solutions for packaging our products.
Organic and natural products don't have to be boring. Nature is colorful and we want our products to be healthy, elegant and a source of inspiration.
Sharing our challenges, the good and the bad, allows us to grow and innovate as a brand. Gaining the trust of the community and being honest with our work method is essential to consolidate the authenticity that
we try to characterize ourselves.
Each one of us makes a difference, but together we can change the world. Being connected to a community that shares our ideals and encourages the exchange of ideas, allows us to learn and evolve and is an unconditional support for us to continue our work.