Rosmarinus officinalis,The balm of Fierabras and Hungary Water

 

 

While Europe is still in the middle of winter, good news come from the South. Mediterranean flora has just started celebrating spring.Rosemary among the first ones. Are you ready for a recipe ?  As saying goes “New year-new beginning”, why not try something else as a rosemary chicken? I’ve picked two great ones-the first for those with troubles,after trying this balm, you will realise your problems may not be as big as they seem.  The second one is for perfume lovers, who seek something more, in this case it is a remedy and a perfume at once!

The balm of Fierabras

According to a chanson from 1170, Fierabras and Balan conquered Rome and stole two barrels containing the balm used for the corpse of Jesus. This miraculous balm would heal whoever drank it.In Chapter X of the first volume of Miguel de Cervantes‘ Don Quixote de la Mancha, after one of his numerous beatings, Don Quixotementions to Sancho Panza that he knows the recipe of the balm. In Chapter XVII, Don Quixote instructs Sancho that the ingredients are oil, wine, salt and rosemary. The knight boils them and blesses them with eighty Pater Nosters, and as many Ave MariasSalves andCredos.[9] Upon drinking it, Don Quixote vomits and sweats and feels healed after sleeping. However, for Sancho it has also a laxativeeffect, rendering him near death.from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fierabras

Hungary water

Hungary water (sometimes called “the Queen of Hungary’s Water”) was the first (European) alcohol-based perfume, claimed to date to about the late 14th century. According to legend it was first formulated at the command of a Queen of Hungary, sometimes identified as Isabella but usually as Elisabeth, or in one document “Saint Elisabeth, Queen of Hungary”. According to these same legends Hungary water first appeared outside of Hungary in 1370 when the French Charles V le Sage, who was famous for his love of fragrances, received some.Hungary water was known across Europe for many centuries, and until eau de Cologne appeared in the 18th century, it was the most popular fragrance and remedy applied. Similar to other herb and flower-based products, Hungary water was not merely (or even mainly) a fragrance, but also a valuable remedy; the early recipes advise the user to both wash with it and drink it in order to receive the most benefit.The oldest surviving recipes call for distilling fresh rosemary (and possibly thyme) with strong brandy, while later formulations contain lavendermintsagemarjoramcostusorange blossom and lemon.from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungary_Water

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12 thoughts on “Rosmarinus officinalis,The balm of Fierabras and Hungary Water

  1. There is so much that has been forgotten or even buired in valults containing manuscripts that would benefit us today– especially since modern pharmacopeia seems to be at its witsend to find new drugs as the present formulations now become ineffective from over use. Amazingly plants, animals, and trees are still our comfort and refuge.

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