Happy Monday and welcome back! I survived midterms, but during my studying time, I used plenty of October’s herb of the month, Rosemary for extra brain power! I wanted to share some of my favorite Rosemary uses with all of you including my Rosemary cleansing salt scrub/bath soak, brain boosting Rosemary tea, and my favorite Rosemary recipes!
First, let’s do a little recap on the healing and helpful properties of Rosemary…
Dew of the Sea Salt Scrub and Foot/Bath Soak!
- Dried rosemary
- Epsom salts
- Mason jar w/lid for storage
- Bowl & spoon for measuring/mixing
- Tea tree oil (could also try lavender oil)
- Other dried herbs (I chose to use Peppermint and Calendula)
- Fill the mason jar you are using up 3/4 full with Epsom salts
- Pour the Epsom salts into the mixing bowl
- Grind up your dried herbs either with a mortar and pedestal or even with your hands until they are as small and smooth of consistency that you like (I used approximately 2 tbs worth of dried, crushed herbs for my recipe)
- Add the herbs to the Epsom salts and mix thoroughly
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oils (tea tree, lavender, etc.) (WARNING: Tea Tree oil is very fragrant, if you have a sensitive nose you have been warned and open a window before this step)
- Add 2 tbs of Calendula oil and mix with spoon until the scrub is the same consistency all the way through
- Add mixture to mason jar, place on lid, and use as needed
Uses & Properties!
- Use 2-4 tbs per bath, place under running, warm water, and mix to dissolve
- Use 1-2 tsp per foot soak, place in soaking tub full of warm water, and mix to dissolve
- Mix 1-2 tbs of scrub with 1-2 tbs of water in glass and use as a salt scrub over the body. Rinse with warm water and cleansing soap.
Increases blood flow to the surface of skin, decreases inflammation, and removes toxins.
Antiseptic properties that cleanse pores and help increase healing of wounds/burns/acne.
Relaxing properties that decrease inflammation and eliminates odors.
Tea Tree Oil:
Strong antiseptic properties that remove contaminating, kill bacteria, and promote healthy/clear skin.
**No time to make a salt scrub/soak? Use some tea bags of rosemary tea and place those in your bathtub for a similar nervous system relaxing and blood circulation increasing effect!**
**Rub Rosemary essential oil onto temples during a tension headache, on your jaw if you clench your jaw, or sore muscles after a workout for a soothing and tension busting effect!**
BONUS TIP! Rinse your hair with some Rosemary tea or 3-5 drops of Rosemary essential oil dissolved in water or shampoo to cleanse follicles, activate circulation, and encourage hair growth! [USE CAUTION ON COLOR TREATED OR LIGHT HAIR]
Brain Boosting Rosemary Tea
Tea is awesome in so many ways! Here are some Rosemary based tea recipes that do not only taste great, but can help improve your health as well!
Dry rosemary leaves in your usual tea infuser, hot water, and out comes a fantastically easy tea! Add a cinnamon stick or powder and honey to taste. This tea will relax your mood, increase circulation therefore helping heart and brain health, improves memory, and can speed up recovery after an illness.
Combine equal parts Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme for a tea that promotes recovery, brain power, clear thinking, and overall feel good feeling.
My Favorite Rosemary Recipes!
Rose’s Holiday Thyme Soup
This fall/winter themed soup is very tasty, gluten free, paleo approved, and sugar cleanse worthy! The best part is that you make it in a crockpot! The Cook Lite girl’s (a.k.a. myself) BFF.
- Canola oil (1 tsp)
- 1 large onion (diced), 1+ large carrot(s) (diced), 2+ stalks celery (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced) or use minced garlic you buy from the store if this is too much chopping for you
- 3.5 tbs minced fresh Thyme & 3 tbs minced fresh Rosemary (if you can’t find fresh you can use dried)
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into 1″ cubes) (vegetarian? add more veggies & some potatoes and skip the chicken)
- 1.5 cups water or chicken stock
- 1 cup diced green/red/yellow peppers
- .5 tsp freshly ground black peppers
- Heat oil in large skillet & saute the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, rosemary, chicken x 5-7 minutes until chicken is white on ALL sides/drain off excess fat
- Put sauteed ingredients into slow cooker, sprinkle black pepper, pour in water/stock, stir –> cook on LOW x 8-9 hours
- Add diced peppers, cover & cook on high x 30 minutes
- Stir and serve!
Quick Garlic Rosemary Bean Dip
Dip for veggies, chips or spread for tortillas/lettuce leaves/collard greens!
- 3 cups cooked white beans
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large lemon (juiced), 1-2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary (or dried)
- 1 tsp Herbarmare or sea salt
- Bean cooking liquid as needed
- Soak your dried beans overnight and cook them the next day
- “Place all ingredients into food processor w/ S blade chosen”
- If you are like me and do not pretend to be an amazing chef and do not own a food processor then use a large spoon or whatever you have to smash the bean dip together
- Add bean cooking liquid (or just plain water) until you have obtained your desired thickness
- Place in a container and let it sit in the fridge to chill out for a while (the flavor is bigger and better if the dip sits in the fridge a bit)
- Heat and serve!
Thats all for today folks! Thanks for reading! Share/send me your favorite uses for Rosemary and I will talk about them!