In My Garden…Rosemary

I recently started a fruit and herb garden, so each week, one of these plants will be featured on the blog with interesting info and recipes. This week it’s Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).

The first encounter I had with rosemary was on a school outing (almost 20 years ago!) when we went to the “Die Kasteel” in Cape Town. We walked past a rosemary bush and the teacher said “Rosemary is very good for you hair”… and that was all I needed to get hooked!

Rosemary…

…blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Petitgrain, and Basil

…odour intensity is high

…part of the plant which is used are the flowering tops and the leaves.

…extracted by means of distillation

–        Infuse the fresh leaves in boiling water to make a mouthwash for sweet smelling breath. This also helps reduce flatulence when taken in small amounts.

–        Its anti-bacterial properties makes it a good addition to bathwater for healthy skin. Add about one cup of leaves.

–        I add dried rosemary to a basic body scrub I make:

  • ½ cup sea salt (I use magnesium sulphate, or “Epsom salts”for a very gentle scrub with health benefits)
  • 60ml base oil (I like sweet almond or olive)
  • You can add lemon juice for improvement on blemishes.
  • To this I add dried Rosemary and it smells beautiful!

And of course, the main reason I have Rosemary in my garden, it adds shine to dark hair! I steep a few sprigs in hot water, let it cool and use it as a final rinse when washing my hair.

And for those who didn’t know, it’s also useful for alopecia.

It stimulates the mind, promoting clear thought and inner vision. So I like burning Rosemary oil when I am studying or working, it helps me to focus and not get distracted by Twitter! ;)

Rosemary is a companion plant to beans, cabbages, and carrots. But mine is planted next to my strawberries.

Do you have Rosemary in your garden, and what do you use it for?

Sources:

‘A Guide to Green Housekeeping” by Christina Strutt

‘Secrets of youth & beauty’ by Daniéle Rymans

‘The Complete Aromatherapt Tutor’ by Joanne Hoare

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy Perry
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 06:35:09

    Wow!! I never realised that you could use Rosemary for so many different things!! I have a HUGE bush outside and have just used it for cooking! LOVE the tip on the rosemary for hair…I will DEFINITELY be trying that tonight! Thanks for all the tips! XX

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