ROSEMARY

ROSEMARY: “The Tasty Natural Preservative”

Decongestant, Digestive Aid, Infection Prevention

Also Known As: Incesier (French), Rosemarine

HISTORY:

Thousands of years before there were refrigerators, rosemary was used as a meat preservative. To this day, rosemary is a favorite in meat dishes. This preservation ability led to the belief that rosemary can help in preserving memory.

Greek students wore garlands made of this herb to assist in their memory recall during class. Centuries later, rosemary was incorporated into wedding ceremonies. When one got tapped on the shoulder with a rosemary twig, it was said that the couple would fall in love. If a twig was placed under one’s pillow, the aromatic herb was believed to repel a bad dream. Rosemary was also a symbol of spousal fidelity and into funerals to help loved ones remember their dead ones.

By the 19th century in England, when women planted rosemary around the home it meant that they ruled the household. Men would rid the rosemary plants from their homes meaning they were the rulers. According to legend, in the year 1235, Queen Elizabeth used rosemary to cure her paralysis. A hermit woman in the Middle Ages time soaked a pound of rosemary dipped into a gallon of wine for several days and then rubbed it on her limbs.

The French hung rosemary in hospitals and sick rooms for healing. Juniper berries and rosemary leaves were burned by French nurses in World War II as an antiseptic. Combinations or rosemary, wine, pennyroyal and marjoram was used externally to treat prevention of baldness, dandruff, gout and skin disorders. As you can see, rosemary has been used in so many ways down through the centuries.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Boil a cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of crushed herb. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily.

  • Tincture:

Use ¼, no more than ½ teaspoon of mixture up to 3 times daily.
Preparations of diluted rosemary may be given cautiously to children under the age of two.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Since seedlings are slow to develop, growers prefer to plant cuttings. If you decide to sow seeds, plant them in the spring, spacing them 6 inches apart in full sun. Use soil that is sandy, light, and well-drained. Rosemary can survive zero degree weather without special care, but for safety be sure to bring them indoors if you live in a cold climate.

SAFETY:

Rosemary poses no threat in used in culinary amounts. It may cause upset stomach, kidney and intestinal irritation. If it does, refrain from using until you have consulted with your doctor. Rosemary is on the FDA’s list as being a generally safe herb.