Thursday, May 27, 2021

7 Things To Do With Rosemary

I have a large Rosemary 'bush' growing in a front flowerbed, an inheritance from one of our home's past owners (thank you!). I love the sharp, clean, Mediterranean fragrance of rosemary, but I would like to know what I can do with it beyond roasting it with potatoes (which I don't do much of) or putting it into pork and turkey (which I also do not do because I do not cook meat). By the way, for anyone cooking with rosemary, a tip is to freeze the sprigs in plastic baggies-- retains its character much better than drying does.  So, here are some ideas that I found:
  1. Infuse a jar of Celtic Sea Salt with Rosemary.  The salt will smell and taste of rosemary.  There is no need to remove the sprigs.
  2. Put a sprig or two of Rosemary into Apple Cider Vinegar and let it stand for about 30 days, then remove.  This makes a perfect hair rinse for people with dark hair.  (You can add some stinging nettles if you have some-- super nice rinse for bringing out the sheen in dark hair.  You can also make a strong tea of rosemary and sage, equal parts in a cup of hot water, steep and strain and pour over or massage into dark hair to colour the grey-- takes a few weeks of regular use to see the difference, but when you do you will be soooooo pleased with the natural results you will never go back to Miss Clairol!).
  3. Steep a few sprigs of rosemary in a bottle of Olive Oil for a few weeks and have your own 'custom salad oil'
  4. Moth Repellent Sachet (to keep moths from eating holes in woolen garments): Bruise 2 C. of Dried Rosemary in a small bowl along with 2 C. Dried Lavender, 1 T. Crushed Cloves, and Dried Peel of a Lemon-- Mix together well and put into sachets that can be hung among woolen items.
  5. Barbecue Meat? Put sprigs over the coals-- it apparently smells wonderful and makes the meat taste superb
  6. Here is a recipe for Rosemary Lemonade!
  7. Make a Rosemary-Lavender Wreath (oh, can't you smell it?  Heaven!)

To your living health!

And if you have an Oregano plant, here are things you can do with it!
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