Herb Garden – Rosemary

HERB OF THE MONTH : ROSEMARY

Rosemary is a popular culinary herb with distinctive piney scent. It is an easy to grow plant with attractive flowers. The name Rosemary is derived from Latin word “Rosmarinus” which means “dew of the sea”. It represents the plant’s coastal habitat and it’s delicate, droplet-size flowers are of pale ocean blue color. It is a member of Mint family. Rosemary is native to the western Mediterranean region, especially Spain, Portugal and Morocco. It is one of the widely planted herbs in California (USA).
Rosemary is an evergreen perennial herb. It grows from 2 to 6 feet height depending on the species. Rosemary thrives in full sunlight. It likes light, well drained, sandy loam (mixture of sand, clay and silt soils in equal amounts) soil. It should not be overwatered. It grows well in containers also. Among several varieties of Rosemary, “Rosemary officinalis “is widely grown variety throughout the world.
Uses:
The wonder-herb Rosemary has been used variously as medicine, food preservative, stimulant, memory enhancer, and of course as a flavorsome cooking ingredient. Fresh or dry leaves and flowers are mostly used parts in the plant. Some of the uses are:
  • Rosemary gained early reputation for improving memory and concentration. Students in Greece burn Rosemary in their homes the night before exams.
  • Rosemary has been a symbol of love, loyalty and remembrance. Often included in rituals and ceremonies associated with both marriage and death.
  • Rosemary essential oil is used to scent soaps, creams, lotions and perfumes.
  • Dried leaves are used to make potpourris, sachets and moth repellents.
  • A warm tea made out of rosemary leaves is a good medicine for cold, flu, rheumatic pain, headache and fatigue.
  • Rosemary leaves possess antiseptic, antidepressant and antioxidant properties.
  • Rosemary essential oil along with other herbal oils, can be applied externally to treat arthritis, joint and muscle pains.
  • Shampoos made with Rosemary essential oil will help in reducing dandruff.
  • Rosemary is a valuable culinary herb, especially in French and Italian dishes. Its piney aroma and bittersweet flavor work well in both sweet and savory foods.
Precautions:
Rosemary extracts with concentrated essential oils can cause a rash with sun exposure. Intake of essential oil is not advisable. Using Rosemary as a seasoning during pregnancy is fine, but medicinal doses are not recommended.
Known as a symbol of remembrance and friendship, Rosemary fills a garden with aroma, flavor and activity. An herb garden without Rosemary is incomplete.

-Anu

2 Responses to “Herb Garden – Rosemary”

  1. Venugopal Says:

    Dear Anu,

    Thank you so much for providing an insight into another Herb – Rosemary. It is really nice to get to know that these herbs have so many benefits. I’m eager to read Herb Garden blog every month to get to know a new herb.

    Thank you,
    -Venu

  2. Sanjai Says:

    Thanks for an informative article on Rosemary. Though common, its benefits are great.

    Thanks,
    Sanjai

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