The rosemary is extremely aromatic herb which originates from the Mediterranean, and it is probably the most used herb due to its wide spectrum of uses. It tastes incredibly and it has an outstanding scent, and because of that people use it very frequently.
Follow reading and find out more information of its harvesting and uses.
Harvesting of Rosemary
For harvesting rosemary you do not need any particular time because it can be harvested at any time. However, ensure pruning of the plant once a week or even each day. Whenever you are cooking or just seasoning your salads, snip off an inch or two of each sprig. If you need more rosemary wait till your shrub blooms, and then remove the top few inches of each sprig. Be careful not to cut your rosemary near its base.
Take your clippings tightening them in a bundle and then hang them upside down in a dry and warm place for 2 weeks. Afterwards, add the stems to your garden compost, and keep the leaves in an air-tight container.
When you are dealing with some health issue you can try the rosemary plant as it is a healthy replacement for the synthetic medication. This plant provides great therapeutic properties.
- Rosemary essential oil
The rosemary essential oil is very beneficial for the body as it has the ability to soothe joint pain, headache, anxiety, indigestion, poor circulation, colds, flu, and many more. You can make your own organic essential oil, but if you are not feeling like doing it instill the rosemary leaves in any carrier oil. The ideal carrier oils would be jojoba and olive oils, prepare the infusion with them and then keep it in place with sunlight for a period of three to six weeks. This oil will help you to sharpen your mental clarity, alleviate muscle soreness, and by using it you can enjoy a relaxing massage.
This issue can be easily resolved by applying the rosemary steam treatment as it contains natural antibacterial properties. This is for sure safer alternative than the other available products which are packed with chemicals. Thanks to its use the nose and chest congestion will be easily relieved. Here it is how to prepare it: boil some water, and include in it 2 tablespoons of fresh or dried rosemary. Once it is ready inhale the vapors for 10 minutes and your nasal passages will be cleared almost instantly.
Rosemary shows analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and because of that the German Commission E has approved the use of rosemary essential oil in the treatment of muscle pain and arthritis. The tea made of rosemary tea alleviates intestinal gases and heartburn. Rosemary products can be also applied topically thereby relieving headache, toothache, eczema, gout, and joint/muscle pain.
- Cognitive performance
Drink a cup of rosemary tea or diffuse rosemary oil to gain psychological clarity and enhance your cognitive performance. Further on, the rosemary contains carnosic acid which prevents free radical damage. It keeps your brain young and as well as prevents the aging process.
- Anxiety and stress
As per 2009 study on students using rosemary and lavender sachets before their test showed that they have the ability to lower their anxiety. Soothe your anxiety and stress by smelling these sachets as they will relax your mind and reduce your pulse rate. Another similar study confirmed that sniffing rosemary essential oil will lower the cortisol level in your saliva. Another way to experience relaxation is by adding rosemary sprigs to your bath or breathe in the vapors of herbal teas. Therefore, use this amazing plant and make those moody days vanish for good.
- Oral health
This plant is also great for maintaining your oral health as it can kill bad bacteria thus preventing dental caries and gum disease. On top of this your issue with the bad breath will be gone forever. For that reason, steep 4 rosemary sprigs and 4 cloves in 2 cups of water in order to prepare a rosemary mouthwash. Use it in order to improve your oral health, and also you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your toothpaste.
It is great for the health of the skin as well. Use it in a form of infused oil and essential oil in order to ease skin inflammations, including acne and eczema. Likewise, the use of these oils will quickly heal wounds and swellings. Have in mind always to dilute them prior use.
- Natural deodorant
Bad odor can be efficiently eliminated by using natural herbs free of any chemicals like rosemary, mint, sage, basil, and parsley.
Your hair will gain a lot from the use of rosemary and nettle infusion especially if you are dealing with hair loss and baldness. These essential oils enhance the growth of the hair, eliminate pollutants, unclog hair follicles, and promote the health of your scalp. Use them as a post-shampoo herbal rinse removing dandruff and stimulating the blood flow. You can add rosemary, lavender, cedar wood, thyme, and peppermint essential oil to your shampoo, and massage it onto the scalp once a week.
- Vinegar and oil
Boost the flavor of your vinegar by adding herbs, and then use it in your dressings, marinades, or on other dishes based on vinegar. Rosemary will contribute also to the flavor of your olive oil which you can use on your roasted veggies or dipping sauces.
- 2. Salads and salad dressings
Rosemary is an incredible ingredient in salads, especially during summer time. Include it in the heirloom tomato salad, or simply combine it with lemon and capers in the Italian potato salad. Rosemary vinaigrette will enhance the taste of roasted butternut squash and tangerines or grilled peaches. Also it is a great addition to grapes and feta cheese.
- Sauces and soups
Rosemary also goes well with every sauce and soup. This plant is a “must” ingredient in many marinades. You can mix it with garlic, peppercorn, butter, citruses, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and port. When used in soups it is best combined with sweet potatoes, chicken, parsnip, vegetables, potatoes, zucchini, and chickpea.
- Organic butter
Butter tastes incredible when herbs are added to it. Prepare your own herbal butter by adding rosemary and garlic, and add it on your veggies, potatoes, pasta, or simply smear it onto your bread which will taste like heaven.
- Bread and pasta
The combination of rosemary oil and vinegar will transform your plain pasta and bread in great savory dish. We recommend you the delicious rosemary focaccia bread or rosemary and black pepper fettucine.
Include this plant to your summer detox drinks or cocktails. You can add it in juices, lemonade iced tea and instilled water. It goes well with lemons, lime, grapefruit, pears, apple, and so on. You can make an alcoholic beverage by combining rosemary with gin or bourbon.
Rosemary goes well with desserts as well. So, you can mix it with coffee, apples and chocolate, and if you a fan of deep flavors, add rosemary in your sorbet and combine it with lemon. Nevertheless, use it in a dessert that suits your taste.
- In every dish
You can use it in every dish, but it is important that you enjoy it in your favorite combination.
Rosemary is a great aromatic herb and for that reason make sure to have it always available at your home.
- Bug and rodent deterrent
It is a natural repellent, therefore put rosemary sprigs at your doors and windows or simply spray rosemary essential oil infusion. The right dosage is 10 drops for every cup of water which will protect you from the nasty pests. It is great against rodents as well, mice do not like rosemary at all, therefore place a few dried rosemary sprigs in your cupboards to keep them at bay.
- Simmer pots
You can give your house the smell you have always wished for. All you have to do is to fill your pan with water, and then include a bunch of fragrant fruits, spices and herbs. Next, simmer the liquid, and if needed add in it water. Enjoy the pleasant aroma the pot offers, however if you find it difficult to keep an eye on your stove just use a crock pot. You can try the following combinations; each one of them offers an amazing aroma:
- Rosemary and lemon
- Orange, rosemary and juniper
- Chopped oranges, cranberries, rosemary and cinnamon
- Grapefruit, rosemary and vanilla