It grows in California like a weed, and is a super common “ornamental” plant here in Oregon. It is deer resistant and drought tolerant, so that helps to make it flourish out here. It is definitely a plant that everyone should have in their garden. It is easy to grow and doesn’t require a whole lot of care.
What Is Rosemary?
Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack, and for good reason – not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our diet. Similar to many other useful herbs, rosemary is in the same taxonomic family as mint, but doesn’t have that characteristic flavor. It has a warmer, bitter, and more astringent taste that gives a wonderful flavor to soups, sauces, stews, roasts, and stuffing. It is particularly prevalent in Italian cultural cuisine.
How to use rosemary?
You can use it in your cooking as a garnish or final spice. You shouldn’t cook with it, as this can cause some of the beneficial components in it to be lost. Topical application of rosemary that has been infused in oil is another popular use. Rosemary poultices and air fresheners are also widely used.
Where to plant rosemary?
You can plant rosemary in well-drained soil that is about 70 degrees on average; you also want to make sure to plant the seeds early, since they can survive the frost for a few weeks, and this will give them a head-start on growth. You should give the plant plenty of room to grow, so don’t crowd it into a busy herb garden.
Health Benefits Of Rosemary:
While the general immune boosting qualities of rosemary are impressive enough, it is specifically powerful against bacterial infections particularly those in the stomach. H. pylori bacteria are a dangerous pathogen that can cause stomach ulcers and rosemary has been shown to prevent its growth when consumed.
The active components in rosemary are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic in nature. This represents a three-pronged attack against many different diseases and pathogens that could threaten the immune system or damage the integrity of the body.
As a natural antibacterial agent, rosemary works as a wonderful breath freshener that also improves your oral health. Steep rosemary leaves in a glass of hot water and then gargle or swish the water in your mouth to eliminate bacteria, and you will have naturally fresh and clean breath all night!
As an analgesic substance, rosemary has been topically applied in a paste or salve for hundreds of years to the affected area of the pain. When consumed orally, it acts as a pain reliever for areas harder to reach such as headaches and pain from a condition. In fact, a popular use of rosemary is for the treatment of migraines.
Detoxifies the Body
Rosemary is slightly diuretic in nature, meaning that it can help flush out toxins efficiently during urination. Furthermore, by increasing the rate at which water leaves the body, it can also help push out pathogens, salts, toxins, and even excess fat when consumed regularly (or when you’re feeling particularly “toxified”).
The anti-aging properties of rosemary are quite well known which you could try here and buy from here as well! Although more commonly thought of in its essential oil form, the leaves of rosemary can also affect the skin internally or topically and have been shown to improve the quality of the skin, while also healing blemishes and increasing the natural shine and hydrated appearance of your body’s largest organ.
Whether you use it for cooking, crafting, or healing, you won’t regret adding a rosemary plant to your garden!