Rosemary is a native to the Mediterranean region, and it’s incredibly aromatic and full of flavor. This herb is a common “resident” in gardens and homes.
Harvest and prep rosemary
You can clip off rosemary springs at any time. Regular pruning will make your plant look fuller and healthier. Clip off the top 2-3 inches of each spring.
If you need larger amount, wait until the shrub begins to bloom and snip the top few inches from each spring. Don’t cut the plant too close.
Bundle the clippings, and hand them upside down in a warm area for 10-14 days. Store the leaves in an air-tight jar.
How to use fresh/dried rosemary?
Use rosemary to give flavor to your food.
1. Vinegar and oil
Add rosemary to your vinegar and oil, and use it in your salads, marinades and other recipes involving vinegar. Rosemary infused oil and vinegar will bring your food to a completely different level.
2. Herbal butter
Garlic and rosemary butter recipe will liven up your roast meat, vegetables, potatoes and bread.
3. Rosemary salt
Rosemary and lemon sea salt is great for roast vegetables and grilled fish.
4. Sauce and soup
Combine it with citruses, garlic, peppercorn, butter, olive oil, balsamic vinegar or port if you like to use it in sauces. If you are making a soup, combine it with sweet potato, roast mixed veggies, chicken, potato, zucchini, chickpea or parsnip.
5. Salads and salad dressings
Rosemary goes well in many refreshing summer dishes. Use it in heirloom tomato salads, Italian potato salad with lemon and capers or with grapes and feta cheese. Rosemary vinaigrette can be used with roasted butternut squash and tangerines or grilled peach delight.
6. Bread and pasta
Dress your pasta or bread with rosemary oil or vinegar. You can actually add it in the dough. Try rosemary focaccia bread or rosemary and black pepper fettucine.
Try the delicious lemon and rosemary sorbet or apple and rosemary mini pies. There’s a nice recipe for lemon and rosemary coffee cake or rosemary and dark chocolate shortbread bar.
It can be used in detox water and delicious cocktails. Drink grapefruit and rosemary infused water or sparkling rosemary limeade. Iced tea works great, too. Combine lemon and rosemary. If you are into juicing, juice apple, pear and rosemary. Enjoy your evenings with a rosemary gimlet gin or a lemon and rosemary bourbon sour.
Rosemary can be added to almost anything, regardless of whether it’s quiches, stir fries, stews and roasts.
10. Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil relieves anxiety, indigestion, headache, joint pain, cold and flu, poor circulation and other conditions. If you can’t make your own essential oil, just add some rosemary to your carrier oil (jojoba orolive), and let it infuse for 3-6 weeks. Keep the jar in a sunny spot. Use it to relieve muscle pain and massage your body.
11. Natural deodorant
Eat more herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley, mint and sage to improve your body odor.
12. Strong and shiny hair
Use strong infusion of rosemary and nettle leaves to rinse your hair after shampooing it to get rid of dandruff and improve the flow of blood in your scalp. This will make your hair strong and shiny.
Rosemary essential oil and other oils boost hair growth and improve hair quality. They remove impurities and unblock hair follicles while stimulating the scalp. Combine lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood and peppermint in your shampoo, and massage them into the scalp every week.
13. Relieve congestion
Boil some water, and add in two tablespoons of rosemary. It’s a natural antiseptic that will clear your nasal passages. Inhale the steam for 10 minutes, and cover your head with a towel.
14. Cognitive performance
Diffuse rosemary oil or drink rosemary tea to improve your mental clarity and cognitive performance.
Rosemary prevents the aging of your brain, keeping you sharp. Carnosic acid destroys free radicals and prevents damage.
15. Relieve pain
Drink rosemary tea to relieve heartburn and intestinal gas. When used topically, the oil relieves toothaches, eczema, gout, headache and joint/mucle pain.
The German Commission E approved the use of rosemary essential oil to relieve muscle pain and arthritis.
16. Reduce stress and boost anxiety
Smell your rosemary plant every time you are nervous, overwhelmet or exhausted. Sniffing rosemary reduces anxiety and pulse rates, giving you a relaxed state of mind.
Smelling rosemary oil lowers the levels of cortisol.
17. Oral health
Rosemary destroys bad bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease that will eliminate your bad breath.
Boil four rosemary springs and four cloves in two cups of water. This is your homemade mouthwash/ add a few drops of the oil to your toothpaste.
18. Skin health
Use rosemary infused oil or rosemary essential oil topically to relieve skin irritations such as acne or eczema. It accelerates the healing of wounds and bruises.
19. Simmer pots
Simmer pots are a nice way to make your home smell great. Boil some water, and add some herbs, fruits, and spices. Let it simmer on the stove top, and add water if needed. This will fill your home with great smell.
Here are some nice combos:
• Sliced oranges, cranberries, cinnamon and rosemary
• Orange, juniper and rosemary
• Grapefruit, rosemary and vanilla
• Lemon and rosemary
20. Pest deterrent
Keep rosemary by your door or window to keep pests away. Spray a mixture of 10 drops of rosemary essential oil to a cup of water. This will repel pretty much every insect.
Rosemary also deters mice. Keep dried rosemary springs around your home.