Herb of the Month – Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

a.k.a Rosemary

Rosemary_bush

Rosemary, sometimes referred to as the “dew of the sea”, is a highly fragrant and useful herb. It has been used over time to flavor food, help with memory, as a cleaning product, and to improve mood. It has a balancing effect on both the mind and the body. See below some common uses of Rosemary and how to cultivate it yourself!

Uses

Medicinal:

  • Aids in fat digestion when consumed in food by acting on the gall bladder (leaf)
  • Antiseptic gargle/mouthwash that is useful for getting rid of pesky canker sores and soothing sore throats
  • Calming effect on the nervous system
  • Decreases cellulite by encouraging blood circulation to the surface (essential oil)
  • Decreases tension headaches by rubbing oil on temples
  • Improves mood, perception, and encourages creativity while keeping dark thoughts away
  • Improves sleep by decreasing nightmares
  • Increases energy and affects the adrenal glands
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Memory booster!
  • Prevents dizziness
  • Relieves lung congestion
  • Stimulates circulation & eases pain by increasing blood supply where applied (essential oil), especially good at relieving sore muscles after a workout

Cosmetic:

  • Flower: use the essential oil in a bath, foot scrub, etc.
  • Leaf: stimulates blood circulation when placed in a bath
  • Leaf or essential oil: use some for a facial steam treatment
  • Essential oil: take a few drops and brush through wet DARK hair to keep it dark, shiny, and healthy

Culinary:

  • Flower: use in salads (fresh)
  • Flower: crystallize for garnish
  • Flower: pound with sugar & cream & add to fruit puree
  • Leaf: add to a wide range of meat dishes (especially lamb/pork)
  • Leaf: add to baked potatoes or other baked veggie dishes
  • Leaf: make into herb butter for veggies
  • Stem: shape into barbecue skewer
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Add rosemary to baked/roasted veggie dishes for extra flavor! This is preventive health!

Household/Decorative:

  • Fragrant “skeleton” when woven into wreaths
  • Place fresh boughs into room to cool the air or make the leaves into potpourri & place around linens
  • Boil a handful of leaves in 2 cups water x 10 minutes for antiseptic solution for washing counters, bathroom fixtures, etc.
  • Use the stems on a BBQ to discourage insects

How to grow it yourself!

Rosemary Flowering

Site:

Sunny, protect from cold winds! Also, can grow indoors in large pot.

Soil:

Needs excellent drainage

Growing:

Transplant when large enough to handle and plant 2-3 feet spaces between plants. Can also be grown in a container indoors, as long as there is sunlight.

Harvesting:

Small amounts year round!

Storing:

Dry sprigs/branches, strip off leaves before storing, and crush leaves just before use.

My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.
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