I’m humming an old Simon and Garfunkel song the last couple of days while working on this series of posts. Any way Scarborough fair aside rosemary is a great plant. It works in most climates and is one of those herbs where for seasoning food a little goes a really long way. It’s great for meats, cheese dishes and even in some “summery”, fruit based deserts.
There is so much good stuff about rosemary I haven’t time enough to tell you all about it. I suggest that you do some research and spend some time really getting to know this amazing plant. In my own research I have found it is useful for digestion, it stimulates the liver, digestive tract and gallbladder; I can’t help but think that is why it is so good one fatty meats like lamb and in cheese dishes, since it helps to stimulate the proper release of bile. I also saw some research that showed rosemary constituent chemicals, rosemarinic acids almost completely prevent the formation of the enzyme urease, which is one of the main contributors to kidney stones.
Now how can we use this herb in a practical home application? Since many of rosemary’s chemicals cross the blood brain barrier even with external use finding an organic, high quality source is really important. If you are using the essential oil it is critical to make sure you are getting steam distilled and 100% organic. Once you have your awesome plant in hand it can be used as a tea for digestion. The oil can be used on the forehead to increase awareness and concentration as well as to reduce migraine and headache. It does increase blood to the brain so if that is not your goal this isn’t the one to pick. I use rosemary in my apple cider vinegar hair rinse, it’s great for stimulating the scalp, even people with hair loss have seen rosemary aid in hair regrowth. (I like bald-headed men)
Here are a couple of recipes and applications I think you may enjoy trying at home:
For lice treatment:
- 2 oz vegetable oil
- 20 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender and lemon oil.
Apply to dry hair and cover with a plastic bag or shower cap. Wrap the head in a towel. Leave on for 1 hour. Then put shampoo on dry hair to help cut the oil. Work the shampoo into hair, rinse, shampoo again and rinse.
For the men in our lives that we love, I hope they never need this but if so, best wishes.
Anti-inflammatory Prostate Oil:
Combine ingredients. Rub on the skin under the scrotum once or twice a day to increase circulation, reduce
inflammation and relax muscles.
- 1/3 cup fresh rosemary leaves
- 1½ cup fresh parsley leaves
- 2 large garlic cloves
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup olive oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine the rosemary, parsley, garlic, cheese, and walnuts in a food processor or blender. Process to mix. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper and process to the desired consistency. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Use this pesto as a sauce or marinade base for vegetables, seafood and lamb.
- 1 large can pineapple juice 5 tsp fresh rosemary
- 1 ½ cups lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- fresh lemon slices and rosemary sprigs
- 1 large bottle ginger ale
Boil 1 cup of pineapple juice with the rosemary. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes, then strain and cool. Add all other ingredients except the ginger ale. Pour into a punch bowl over ice and add ginger ale just before serving. Float lemon slices and rosemary sprigs in a bunch bowl.
**Use sparingly if pregnant and not at all during first trimester because it could trigger a miscarriage (in therapeutic doses). (Mixed info on the possibility of rosemary as an abortifacient…..Review of Natural Products says no valid role)