Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean, and it’s probably the most aromatic herb you will ever use. It has an amazing fragrance and even greater flavor. People like to use it a lot, and we’ll give you more details on its harvesting and uses.
How to harvest and prepare rosemary
The good news is that rosemary can be harvested at any time. Make sure you prune your plant once a week or even every day. Snip off an inch or two of each sprig, and use it in your cooking. If you need more of it, wait until your shrub blooms, and remove the top few inches of each sprig. Don’t cut your rosemary too close to its base.
Bundle the clippings, and hang them upside down in a dry and warm area for up to two weeks. Add the stems to your compost, and keep the leaves in an air-tight jar. Seems easy, right? Well, it sure is easy.
- Vinegar and oil
Have you ever used rosemary infusion? Add your favorite herbs to your vinegar, and use it in your dressings, marinades, and other recipes based on vinegar. Rosemary will make your olive oil even more fantastic. It’s a nice way to add a healthy drizzle to your roast veggies or dipping sauces. Enjoy your aromatic infusion.
- Herbal butter
Herbal butter will do wonders to your savory dishes. Add garlic and rosemary to your butter, and your veggies, pasta, potatoes, and bread will taste like magic.
- Rosemary salt
Use rosemary and lemon sea salt on your grilled dish or roast veggies it’s easy to make, and you will only need three ingredients.
- Sauces and soups
Rosemary can be added to most sauces and soups. It’s a basic ingredient in many marinades. Combine it with citruses, garlic, peppercorn, butter, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and port. If you’re making soup, use it with sweet potatoes, vegetables, chicken, potato, zucchini, chickpea and parsnip.
- Salads and salad dressings
Rosemary isn’t a common ingredient in salads, but it’s definitely a ‘must’ in summer dishes. Try the brilliant heirloom tomato salad or combine it with lemon and capers in your favorite Italian potato salad. Rosemary works well with grapes and feta cheese. Rosemary vinaigrette is a nice addition to roasted butternut squash and tangerines or grilled peaches!
- Bread and pasta
Rosemary oil/vinegar will make your plain pasta and bread special, plus you can add the herb in your dough. Try the amazing rosemary focaccia bread or rosemary and black pepper fettucine.
Herbs work well in desserts, too. If you’re into deep flavors, feel free to add rosemary in your sorbet, especially if you combine it with lemon. Rosemary makes a nice combination with apples, coffee and even chocolate. Find the recipe that fits your palate.
Add rosemary to your summer detox drinks or cocktails. Use it in infused water, lemonade iced tea and juices. It works well with lemons, grapefruit, lime, apple, pears, etc.
Make an adult drink by combining your aromatic herb with gin or bourbon.
- General cooking
Use rosemary in your quiches, stir fries, stews, roasts… Find the best way to use it, and enjoy its versatility.
Rosemary is a healthy alternative to synthetic medication, because it offers excellent therapeutic properties.
- Rosemary essential oil
It’s pretty easy to make your own organic essential oil. Rosemary essential oil relieves anxiety, indigestion, headache, joint pain, colds, flu, poor circulation, etc. if you don’t feel like making an essential oil, just infuse rosemary leaves in any carrier oil. Jojoba and olive oil work better than other oils. Keep the infusion in a sunny spot for 3-6 weeks, and use it to sharpen your mental clarity, relieve muscle soreness, and enjoy a relaxing massage.
- Natural deodorant
Stop using chemical-packed deodorants, and add herbs to your menu. Rosemary, basil, parsley, mint and sage will kill bad odors.
Rosemary and nettle infusion is an excellent post-shampoo herbal rinse. It eliminates dandruff and stimulates blood flow. This is great for those who deal with hair loss and baldness. Essential oils boost hair growth, remove impurities, unblock hair follicles, and stimulate your scalp. Combine lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedar wood and peppermint essential oil to your shampoo. Massage it into the scalp once a week.
Rosemary steam treatment relieves nose and chest congestion. It’s a safer alternative than all the chemical stuff you’re using. Boil some water, and add in two tablespoons of fresh or dried rosemary. It acts as a natural antiseptic, and your nasal passages will be clear within a minute. Inhale the vapors for 10 minutes.
- Cognitive performance
Diffuse rosemary oil or enjoy a cup of rosemary tea to sharpen your mental clarity and improve our cognitive performance. Rosemary prevents aging, and keeps your brain young. Carnosic acid in rosemary prevents free radical damage.
Rosemary tea relieves heartburn and intestinal gases. Apply rosemary products topically to relieve toothaches, eczema, gout, headache, and joint/muscle pain.
Rosemary has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The German Commission E has already approved rosemary essential oil in the treatment of muscle pain and arthritis.
- Stress and anxiety
Rosemary will help you survive your moody days. According to a 2009 study, rosemary and lavender sachets reduced anxiety in students prior their exam. Sniffing these sachets will lower your pulse rate, and relax your mind. A similar study confirmed that sniffing rosemary essential oil will lower the level of cortisol in your saliva.
You can also inhale the vapors of herbal teas or add the sprigs to your bath. Anxiety will soon be gone.
- Oral health
Rosemary destroys bad bacteria and prevents tooth decay and gum disease, plus you will never ever deal with bad breath again. Steep four rosemary sprigs and four cloves in 2 cups of water. Use this mouthwash to boost your oral health. You can also add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your toothpaste.
Rosemary infused oil and rosemary essential oil soothe skin irritations like acne and eczema. The oils will also speed up the healing of wounds and bruises. Always dilute these prior using them.
Rosemary smells nice and works like magic. You should definitely have it in your home.
- Simmer pots
It’s time to make your home smell amazing. Fill your saucepan with water, and add in a bunch of fragrant fruits, herbs and spices. Simmer the liquid, and add water when needed. Enjoy the pleasant aroma. If you can’t keep an eye on your stove just use a crockpot.
Here are some nice combos:
- Sliced oranges, cranberries, cinnamon and rosemary
- Orange, juniper and rosemary
- Grapefruit, rosemary and vanilla
- Lemon and rosemary
- Pest deterrent
Place rosemary sprigs at your doors and windows or spray rosemary essential oil infusion. Use 10 drops for every cup of water. This will keep nasty insects away.
Mice hate rosemary, so you can place a few dried rosemary sprigs in your cupboards to keep rodents away.