Great Uses and Benefits of Rosemary
I received the gift of a Rosemary bush this past Christmas! It is in a pretty container and decorated with a red velvety ribbon. It is adorable and it smells divine.
I have used both fresh and dried Rosemary a bit in cooking in the past. A few years ago a neighbor shared her back yard Rosemary bush. I often picked a sprig or two to toss in with my numerous quick stir fry dishes. I made a marinade of olive oil, fresh Rosemary and lemon juice for baking fish, chicken and lamb.
Now that I have my own Rosemary bush and don’t have to feel guilty about taking advantage of an overly generous neighbor I have been thinking about what the other uses of Rosemary might be. After a bit of investigating I came up with quite a list. Food first always, so I will begin with some great sounding recipes.
Using Rosemary in Cooking
Rosemary can be used to flavor many foods. Use it fresh or dried. To dry fresh rosemary cut stems and remove the nettles from the stem after they are brittle. Put them in a plastic container and then store in a cool dry place.
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes With Onions And Sweet Potatoes
The best recipe I found for something simple but elegant is one for roasted red potatoes with fresh Rosemary I decided to try it. The recipe calls for the following few and inexpensive ingredients. I wanted to add flavor and color. I added red onions and sweet potatoes to the recipe for flavor and color. I parboiled my sweet potatoes for consistency in cooking.
- 6 red potatoes
- 3 TBS melted butter
- 3 TBS vegetable oil
- 1 TBS chopped fresh Rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste.
- 1-2 sweet potatoes
Scrub the potatoes well and cut them into chunks. Mix the melted butter and oil and use as a coating for the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a 9 by13 inch dish and cover with tinfoil. Stir and coat the potatoes, then sprinkle them with the salt,pepper and Rosemary. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
I was surprised to find Rosemary bread recipes. I was even more, surprised to see how simple and quick they seemed. The basic recipe calls for the following ingredients.
- 1 cup water
- 3 TBS olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 TBS dried Rosemary
- 2 1/2 cups bread flower
- 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
Mix and knead in a bread machine and then bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
Other recipes with fresh or dried Rosemary:
This garlic and Rosemary roast leg of lamb recipe has a five-star rating!
Roasted chicken with garlic and Rosemary is quick and simple with few ingredients. White wine really gives it a gourmet touch.
My favorite is a recipe for lemon Rosemary salmon. Other than the salmon and rosemary all that is needed is olive oil, lemon and course salt. Salmon is a cold water fish and, therefore, chock full of Omega 3s, the “good fats” that help lower cholesterol.
It is clear that Rosemary complements a variety of meats as well as vegetables. The minty citrus flavor of Rosemary will compliment lamb, chicken, and all seafood.
Five Ways to Use Rosemary Around the House
Rosemary’s strong fragrance is like a mixture of citrus and pine. It is a natural and sustainable air freshener. Add sprigs of chopped fresh Rosemary to baking soda and sprinkle into the vacuum bag to help freshen each time you vacuum.
Rosemary is a nice addition to Christmas sights and smells. Fill in a fruit bowl with sprigs of rosemary. Incorporate rosemary into easy holiday meal centerpieces. Tuck a sprig in a bow on a package. And, as in my case, it makes a great gift!
Is a wedding looming in the future for someone? Rosemary makes a romantic addition to weddings. The herb is linked to both the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Tie sprigs with gold cording and tuck into each place setting at the reception dinner perhaps by the place cards. Rosemary, white roses, and baby’s breath would be stunning and fragrant flower arrangements.
Use dried Rosemary in sachets and potpourri. Place in closets and drawers to help keep clothes fresh smelling.
Plant Rosemary among flowers and vegetables if you have a problem with deer that like to nibble at your garden. They do not like the smell of Rosemary.
Health Benefits of Rosemary
The antioxidants identified in Rosemary are known to improve brain function, mood and memory, improve circulation and digestion and provide protection against carcinogens. The anti-inflammatory agents in Rosemary made it a popular treatment for gout in the past.
Get these benefits by cooking often with fresh or dried Rosemary. Rosemary capsules and essential oil is available for purchasing. Rosemary tea is easy to make. Place fresh Rosemary leaves in a mesh or muslin ball. It is best to use a glass or enamel pot for boiling the water to steep the tea in. The tea is delicate and will absorb a metallic taste with other pots and kettles. Drink the tea to ease headaches, cold symptoms and to improve low mood.
Learn to make green smoothies! Green smoothies are made from leafy green veggies with other ingredients to added to make them tasty. Add a few Rosemary leaves to your green smoothies.
Because of its irritation quality, Rosemary improves circulation in the skin and scalp. Boil with lemon and water and use as a hair rinse to prevent dandruff and stimulate hair growth.
Now that I have learned so many great uses for Rosemary, it’s time to learn to take care of my plant and grow more. Rosemary can be grown outdoors in warmer climates where frost is rare. Otherwise It needs to be contained in pots for moving indoors when the temperature dips below 30 degrees. The plant will need 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Rosemary seeds are difficult to germinate so I will take cuttings from my plant. I will dip the end in a rooting hormone and plant in small pots of seed starting mix. In two or three weeks I will check to see if there is a root system formed by gently tugging on the seedling. If they are ready I will plant the seedlings and then care for them as adult plants. Then I too can give the Gift of Rosemary.