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March – the month of rosemary, eucalyptus and laurel

Returning from your walk, refresh yourself with the well-known «Lošinj tea» whose exotic aroma of eucalyptus imparts a special vigor. So, yes, if you need inspiration for new decisions, inhale the fragrances of Lošinj in March! Book now something from our offer!

1. Salute the Captain!

 

Lošinj is an island having a longstanding maritime tradition. Visit the votive chapel of Annunziata in Čikat and find out why its walls are covered with paintings of sailboats rather then sacral relics. Find out how women saw their father, husbands and sons off as they set sail and how significant shipbuilding and maritime activities are to the island.

Info: www.island-losinj.com

 

 

2. Lošinj school of interior design

 

Wake up the creative person inside you! With the help of experts, learn about the elements and principles of designing, learn about the materials and design a space in a modern, rustic, Mediterranean, minimalistic or eclectic fashion.

Info: www.island-losinj.com

 

 

ROSEMARY

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) is an evergreen Mediterranean bush of aromatic scent that can grow up to 2 meters in height. It is grown as an ornamental shrub, spice plant and for the production of essential oil. The thick bush with many branches is woody at the lower part, while the upper part is covered in thick leaves of short stems. The leaves are firm, narrow, leathery and dark green, long 2 to 4 cm. They are dark green above, and grey and white below with dense hair and glands which discharge essential oil. The flower is light blue, purple-blue or white. It blooms twice a year, from March till May and in September, but on Lošinj it blooms throughout the year. It likes sunny and rocky areas and does not need much water. It is susceptible to frost and is easy to transplant.

 

INTERESTING DETAILS
Rosemary was attached the power of repelling evil spirits, so it was used as a protection in all important stages of human life. It is used to decorate the newborns' cradles, and brides on their wedding day should plant a rosemary branch whose deep roots will symbolise a long and happy marriage. Also, rosemary branch is used to sprinkle the deceased's coffin.

 

LAUREL (lat. Laurus nobilis L.)


is an evergreen Mediterranean bush or tree up to 15 metres tall. It is spread through the Mediterranean countries, and in Croatia it grows along the Adriatic coast separately or with other evergreen bushes. It grows in areas up to 400 metres above the sea level.
The leaves are leathery, firm and glossy, and flowers are yellow-white. The tree reaches 60 cm in diameter. The fruit is an egg-shaped dark blue berry 8-12 mm long. The oil oleum lauri is extracted from the fruit.
The leaves are harvested throughout the year, and the fruit is picked from the late spring and in summer, and it is put in javorčić brandy.  A laurel bush becomes a tree when the branches are shaped and trimmed into a bush and one stem is allowed to grow upward. Along the promenades in the Čikat cove there are laurel trees taller than 6 metres.

 

INTERESTING DETAILS
In old Greek the name for laurel is dhafni, after the myth about the nymph Daphne who turned into a laurel tree in order to avoid Apolo's courting. Apolo made the laurel tree saint ant wore laurel branches in memory of the unrequited love.
The laurel wreath that used to adorn the winners of the Olympic Games had originated from the Pythian Games, competitions and festivities held in the honour of Apolo in Delphi from 568 BC. Roman emperors used laurel wreath as a symbol of triumph and immortality. The Romans believed that laurel protected them from plague and thunder. Allegedly the emperor Tiberius always wore a laurel wreath during the thunder.
The priestess Pythia chewed laurel leaves before making prophecies, so later it was recommended to sleep with a laurel leaf under the pillow in order to see the future in dreams.
Roman military leaders were crowned with laurel wreaths on their return from military campaigns to Rome.

 

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus (lat. Eukaliptus globulus) in Greek means “the one who protects“.
The tree native to Tasmania and Australia grows very fast and reaches the height of 80 metres. Today it is grown in many countries with warm climates, including Primorje. Since it easily sucks water from the land (some species even up to 500 litres of water a day), it is planted to drain swamp areas.
The fruit is cone-shaped with valves, so its very shape indicates that it protects. The leaves are long, lance-shaped, usually sickle-like, with a short petiole and pale-green. They are about 20 cm long and about 5 cm wide. Their edges are always in the north-south position, in which way the leaves protect themselves from overevaporation on high temperatures. If the leaf is observed in the light, one can see small dots that actually represent the essential oil cavities. In dry leaves there is 1,5 – 3 percent of the essential oil the main ingredient of which is cineole (eucalyptol)

 

INTERESTIGN DETAILS

Its smell repels mosquitoes and it is used to suppress malaria. It can be used as a tonic and antiseptic. To make an infusion, 10 grams of leaves is put in one litre of water. The leaf has a calming and antiseptic effect.
In cases of mouth, throat (laryngitis) and nose diseases it is used as a mixture for inhalation or a healing ointment. It is also used as a weak deodorant antiseptic in the rooms of the ill.
Eucalyptus is one of the main ingredients of the Lošinj tea which can be used as refreshment after a pleasant walk. Its exotic fragrance and freshness will improve your mood and provide you with the feeling of serenity.