Rosemary Seeds are used for indigestion, to treat muscle pain and arthritis, and to improve circulation. Tea brewed from the leaves and taken internally can slow brain degeneration due to Alzheimer’s disease. It can also counteract nerve degeneration due to Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Rosemary Seeds History
Rosemary is native to the dry, rocky areas of the Mediterranean, especially along the coast. The genus name Rosmarinus derives from the Latin words ros and marinus which together translate to “dew of the sea.” Rosemary has been used since the time of the early Greeks and Romans. Greek scholars often wore a garland of the herb on their heads to help their memory during examinations. The Eau de Cologne that Napoleon Bonaparte used was made with rosemary. The herb was also the subject of many poems and was mentioned in five of Shakespeare’s plays.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is relatively easy to grow, making it a good choice for any home herb garden. Its pungent flavor and pinelike scent make rosemary a popular ingredient in foods. The upright varieties are best for both fresh and dried use. Rosemary can be grown as an annual (completes its life cycle in 1 year) or a perennial (completes its life cycle in 3 or more years). In herb gardens, it is often planted along with thyme, oregano, sage, and lavender. When planting, choose a variety that is suitable to the climate, soil, and desired use. Click here to learn more
Preserving And Storing Rosemary Plant
Rosemary’s sturdy, resinous character makes it a perfect candidate for freezing. Of course, you can freeze rosemary leaves in ice cube trays, suspended in either olive oil or filtered water. You can also make “herb roll-ups” by filling freezer bags with rosemary leaves, squeezing out any excess air, and rolling the bags from their base to the top, like we showed in last week’s post on preserving parsley.
My favorite and most convenient means of freezing rosemary requires one extra step, but the result is worth it. Take individual clippings of rosemary, leaves still attached to the stem, and place them on a baking sheet. Transfer the sprigs to a freezer bag for future use. Instead of a large mass of leaves, now you can easily pluck one or two sprigs, as needed, for garnishes, additions to soups, and components for rubs. Click here to learn three more ways to preserve rosemary.
Rosemary Plant Care
Rosemary plant care is easy. When growing rosemary plants, provide them with well-drained, sandy soil and at least six to eight hours of sunlight. These plants thrive in warm, humid environments and cannot take extremely cold temperatures. Since rosemary cannot withstand winters below 30 F
Rosemary Tea Recipes
You can use either fresh or dried rosemary, depending on what you have I would personally lean towards using fresh. The main difference between the two is the amount you brew with the water. click here to get this tea recipe.
Rosemary is an amazing source of.
- Pantothenic Acid
- Calories: 3.9 calories
- Protein: 0.1 grams
- Fat: 0.2 grams
- Carbohydrates: 0.6 grams
- Fiber: 0.4 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
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