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Thursday, September 8, 2016

12 Ways To Use Rosemary

While I am a lover of all the herbs, there are a couple of them that have many different uses and medicinal properties, you can cure and aid many ailments and health concerns with just a few plants. Even if you’re in an apartment, you can grow one or two herbs by the window or on the front porch. Pick a few herbs that can be used with all sorts of variety, like cooking, medicinal, skin care, etc. It would be best to research each herb yourself to see what would be best for your specific needs, but if you’d like a few ideas, my favorite is Rosemary. (If you’d like a couple others, try Lavender, Basil, and Peppermint as well!)

Why Rosemary?

Let me tell you a little bit about Rosemary and why it’s such a miracle plant.  Rosemary (also known as Rosmarinus officinalis) has been used in traditional medicine for years. Rosemary can relieve muscle and nerve pain, boost liver function, improve circulation, cure adrenal fatigue, aid in digestion and eliminate bad bacteria. Rosemary also will help give antioxidants a boost, helping fight off infection and disease.


First of all, to correctly harvest Rosemary, all you have to do is cut off the top couple inches of each little plant (make sure you leave it a little room to keep growing, don’t snip too far!) and it’ll keep growing! Pruning your plant daily or weekly (depending on how big it is, use your judgment) can actually help your plant stay healthy and not overgrow its pot!


Hang your rosemary upside down in small bundles in a dry area out of the sun (which is said to remove color and aroma from the herb, though I’ve been unable to find any article yet with scientific reasoning to prove this to me as of yet) I still do it anyways just in case! It makes sense to me that the sun would also evaporate the natural oils in the herbs too quickly and while you want your herbs dry, you don’t want them stripped of medicinal qualities and taste. Drying can take anywhere from a day or two to a week depending on how big your bundles are. Once they are dry, store them in a covered jar (again, out of the sun) until you are ready to use! Some say to strip the leaves from the stems before storing, but I like to leave them on the stems right until I use them! Though this takes up more space, many sources I have read from (many being chefs) say you get the most flavor/aroma from keeping them on the stem until ready for use.

You are now ready to use your rosemary! Completely dried herbs are safe from mold and bacteria and will keep for 6-12 months if kept in an airtight container.
Rosemary has many medicinal and holistic uses you would not expect. But we’ll start with the most obvious use of Rosemary: Cooking.


Rosemary is very aromatic and flavorful, perfect to use for both sweet and savory dishes in the kitchen. Here are a couple ways to use rosemary you might not have tried. If you have any more, feel free to post them in the comments! I love trying new things with my herbs.

Make a rosemary-infused olive oil by placing several sprigs of rosemary in a glass jar with enough olive oil to cover the herb, let sit for 2 weeks or more, it will get stronger the longer you let it sit. You strain the rosemary out of the oil or leave it in and put it in a bottle with a spout and just let it strengthen over time. When you use it up, get rid of the rosemary and do it again with fresh sprigs.

Make a rosemary-infused vinegar the same way as above, or you could even store them together with the rosemary. Or infuse the vinegar with a different herb (like basil or oregano) than the oil and get different flavors/properties!

Make garlic & rosemary butter by putting the desired amount of butter into a glass mixing bowl with chopped garlic and rosemary, use a wooden spoon to fold in the herbs and garlic in, tearing and smashing them into the butter, add a 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice and a dash of salt per 8 Tbs. butter. Put into a glass container. If refrigerated, can last for up to a month.

Make frozen Rosemary cubes by pressing freshly chopped rosemary into ice cube trays, cover with water and freeze, store the cubes in a Ziploc bag or dish and take out at any time to use for vegetables, soups, smoothies, etc.

Make a rosemary & lemon salt for poultry, vegetable or fish dishes by taking a jar, press fresh rosemary in the bottom, squeeze the juice of one large lemon per about 16 ounces of salt, and pour the salt on top. Shake it and let it sit in a cool dark place. The longer it sits, but the stronger it will get but you can use it immediately, just let it keep sitting. When it’s gone, throw out the rosemary and start with a fresh batch.


Rosemary hair rinse tonic
For this simple but powerful hair tonic you will need vinegar, (I prefer apple cider vinegar but you could also use regular white) enough dried rosemary to fill ½ of whatever jar you are using, and a glass jar with non-metal lid (use glass, cork, wood or plastic.)
Place rosemary into glass jar. Pour vinegar over the rosemary. Cover with non-metal lid (vinegar ruins metal). Let sit in a cool dark place for 1-2 weeks. Use cheesecloth or a tight mesh strainer to strain the rosemary. Pour into a glass tincture bottle with a dropper or spray attachment.
To Use: Drop (or spray) all over your scalp. Let it sit on hair for about 5 minutes (the time it takes to shave your armpits or use a body scrub) and then rinse with water. No other shampoo or conditioner is needed this shower/bath. Use once a week to stimulate hair growth, cleanse chemicals and soothe an itchy scalp.

For my Rosemary hair growth oil, I like to make it in a little glass tincture bottle with a dropper so that you can drop it without mess or waste onto the ends or specific area of focus. For this one, I like to use essential oils instead of homemade infused oil because I love the way the EOs interact with coconut oil. So along with Rosemary oil, I like to add tea tree oil (melaleuca) because not only is it fabulous for both your hair and skin, it also encourages growth and smells fantastic. Add 15 drops each of these oils to ¾ parts of coconut oil and fill the remainder with jojoba oil. (Another great oil to use in this recipe? Hemp seed oil, which is chock full of Omegas 3, 6 & 9, moisturizes the scalp and strengthens hair. For those unfamiliar with hemp seed oil, hemp seed oil is made from a different type of the Hemp plant than marijuana and does not contain the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol or THC)

Make a comforting Rosemary sea salt scrub and bath salt by combining ¾ parts Sea salt (Epsom salt can also be used instead of sea salt for those with sensitive skin) with ¼ baking soda and adding an oil (choose one of the skin/hair boosting oils from the Rosemary hair growth oil above, like coconut, jojoba or hemp and also consider castor oil, a skin healing oil that won’t leave your skin dry.) Add rosemary essential oil or herbs, or both, and any other oil or herb you’d like. (My favorites are rose petals, rosemary, lavender and chamomile, with lavender, rosemary, and melaleuca oils.) Mix all these ingredients together and add to a glass jar. Shake before using, settling of the oils in natural.

Use the powerful healing effects of rosemary in this Healing Herb Salve including Rosemary, Cottonwood Bark, Chamomile, Lavender and any other herbs you’d like to add to your choice of oil (again, choose from one of the options above) and soak the herbs in a glass jar (metal lid is fine this time) for at least two weeks. Then, strain the herbs from the oil with a cheese cloth or close mesh strainer and warm in a double boiler or a saucepan on low. Add 1-ounce beeswax to every 6 ounces of oil (a 1:6 ratio, a little more beeswax for a harder salve, a little less for a more gloss like salve) I don’t add any essential oils to this recipe so it can be safe for any burn, bruise, bump or bite.


Did you know that really the only reason deodorant is necessary is because of your diet? Eating a lot of dairy products, sugary drinks, and processed foods are all hard to digest and causes your body to eliminate toxins by producing heavy, stinky sweat! Eating more herbs like rosemary, along with basil, mint and others, drinking more water and reducing the amount of those other foods/drinks can decrease the odor in your sweat, making deodorant unnecessary. I personally very rarely use deodorant! If you’d like more information on the dangers of deodorant and how to switch, check out this useful article on the dangers of deodorant.


Burn dried Rosemary in a safe dish near your patio or area you want to keep mosquito free, or on a rock next to a campfire as the thick cloying smoke and smell are repugnant to bugs, especially mosquitoes.
If you have a diffuser, put a couple drops of rosemary oil in it and a drop of peppermint to keep away those pesky pests.


Since Rosemary is a natural pain reliever, there are many ways to use this magical plant for healing. For external pain and sore muscles, wrap the herbs in a hot, wet towel and apply it to the area or drink a tea made with rosemary for oral pain relief, sore throat and should help loosen mucus, or relieve congestion by boiling water and adding to large bowl, stir in a few sprigs and hold your head above the steam, covering your head with a cloth or towel to make sure none escapes, and breathe in deeply. (NOTE: You can also add Lavender to help with headaches and stress, or peppermint to help clear your sinuses and lessen headaches.)

I hoped you liked these uses for Rosemary! I didn't add any metaphysical properties or uses for rosemary because I wasn't sure of the interest but I might add it in later.
Please comment your experiences with these uses and any other ideas you might have! Namaste!

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