Rosemary is not, by any means, my preferred herb. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but I am not a fan of the taste or smell. I wish I liked it, because a lot of us swear by the combination of roasted potatoes and rosemary, but I would rather eat a plain-ass potato with nothing on it than a potato with rosemary on it.
I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m not a fan of the stuff.
Common uses for rosemary normally include cooking, baking, and aromatherapy. But, as it turns out, there are a lot of other ways to make use of this herb, and an article by Andy Corbley from Good News Network provides some examples. Check it out.
“Adding rosemary to a bit of olive oil in an airtight glass container helps preserve the scent and flavor of the herb for later use.
“Another way to make a tasty infusion with rosemary is by adding sprigs of rosemary, oregano, and marjoram into white vinegar to create an excellent salad dressing.
“Rosemary is also perfect for adding an even more herbaceous flavor to already-herbaceous gin. Simply put some rosemary (and maybe a bit of lemon) into an airtight jar with a bit of gin (or whichever booze you prefer) and let it sit for a week.
“Rosemary can be used to re-create boring butter to make an extra-special spread for toast or bread. Simply make the butter soft, add some herbs like rosemary, and reshape into a log or brick before cooling again.
“This French recipe goes into more detail and includes things like garlic and chartreuse.
“A lot of deodorants have pretty wretched chemicals in them like parabens (an endocrine disrupter) and aluminum chlorohydrate (a carcinogen), which begs the question: why we don’t use what nature made pleasant smelling to combat our own B.O.?
“Rosemary essential oil can help in this sense—but this article contains a lot of information about deodorant chemicals, and their scientifically discovered harms—as well as plenty of tips to stay smelling fresh and piney, including how to use rosemary as a natural deodorant.
“Herbs often have cosmetic and beautification properties, and rosemary is no exception. Along with unblocking follicles and clearing dandruff with its antimicrobial properties, rosemary essential oil can stimulate blood flow in the scalp, increasing the speed of hair growth.
“This article suggests using lavender, thyme, mint, nettle, and cedarwood together with rosemary.
“If you’re studying for an exam, rushing to meet a work deadline, moving house, or dealing with a tough project in the office, spending a few minutes inhaling deeply of rosemary oil, as ‘woo-woo’ as that sounds, is scientifically proven to help.
“At this point, if you haven’t stolen some rosemary cuttings from your neighbor or run and bought a plant from the shop, the idea that rosemary oil might save you from a trip to the dentist’s office might
“Breath MD reports that rosemary oil in regular toothpaste or four rosemary sprigs and four whole cloves mixed into 2 cups of boiling water to make a homemade mouthwash can really increase the protection against bacteria that cause gingivitis and bad breath.
“A simmer pot is a great way of getting that delicious pine-fresh scent of rosemary into your house. Fill a saucepan with water, bring to a boil and add your favorite herbs and spices. Reduce to a simmer, topping up the water whenever it runs too low.
“Cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cardamom, and rosemary are all great choices to make the house smell great.
“Additionally, drops of rosemary oil and lavender onto your pillow at night will help keep sinuses clear and induce deeper, more restorative sleep.
“Home pest control
“Adding 10 drops of essential rosemary oil per one cup of water to a spray bottle will help keep pests from entering your house. During insect-laden months, spray a little of this around the doors and windows of your home.
“Alternatively, keeping sprigs of dried rosemary in the backs of your cupboards is said to deter mice.
“Healing of all sorts
“The aforementioned antimicrobial properties of rosemary make the oil perfect for treating wounds and skin ailments like eczema, cuts, mosquito bites, rashes, mild infections, or even acne.
“For congestion, boil water and transfer it to a heat-poof bowl. Heat plenty of rosemary in said bowl and, covering bowl and head with a towel to seal in the steam, breath deeply for some minutes until your sinuses are cleared,” the article says.
I may not be a fan of rosemary, but I’m a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due; this herb really is a powerhouse.