Rosemary the "It Girl" of Herbs

Updated: Mar 2

Rosmarinus or more commonly known as Rosemary is one of the few herbs you can instantly distinguish by its short needle leaves, and distinctive aroma. It is generally used as a seasoning. My favorite pairings are chicken, duck, salmon, roasted potatoes, tomatoes, soups and stews.

Growing Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the easiest plants to grow, making it ideal for beginners. It is actually an evergreen shrub, which can grow 4-6 feet in height and width. I love using it in my landscape instead of traditional shrubs like boxwoods to form hedges. The plant is resistant to most diseases, pests, deer, heat tolerant and can withstand freezing winter temperatures. It is a wonderful pollinator plant as bees adore its bluish purple flowers.

I have rosemary growing throughout my property in ground and containers. Growing in containers is ideal for those of you living in smaller spaces. Container growing is also perfect for winter growing, allowing for year round harvesting. Early Fall I propagate 1-2 sprigs, plant them in small terra cotta pots and transfer them near a window in the house for winter. Like most herbs, the more you harvest the more they grow. Snip away and enjoy.

Health Benefits

Rosemary not only makes foods taste amazing, it actually has healing properties. Benefits of rosemary include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, circulation stimulant, digestive and nerve tonic. Traditionally rosemary has been used to bring relief to headaches, migraines, nervous exhaustion and memory enhancement.

Running low on energy? Rosemary is known to increase the blood flow resulting in elevated energy levels. Infused leaves also aid in digestive issues.

Have you ever read the back of a hair growth serum bottle? Many hair, eyebrow and eyelash growth serums list rosemary as the active ingredient. An infusion of rosemary leaves aids in the stimulation of the scalp, conditioning and strengthening of the hair shaft.

Uses for Rosemary

I love a good cup of tea on a cold day. Rosemary tea aids in reducing the swelling and pain of inflammation in joints. I simply add a sprig to hot water and let it step. Add lemon and honey if desired.

For a quick natural linen spray, add water and rosemary to a spray bottle, shake well and spray. If you suffer from migraines, spray your pillow with the mixture before taking a nap.

Rosemary makes a stunning and aromatic addition to floral bouquets, tablescapes and gift boxes.

Recipe: Rosemary Oil, Heat Infused

You Need:

4-5 sprigs of rosemary

3 cups of olive, grapeseed or coconut oil

Cheese cloth or fine strainer

On low heat, add oil and rosemary to a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Remove from the heat and let it completely cool. Strain into a jar and cover.

For cold infusion, add rosemary to the jar, fill with cold oil, seal and allow it to infuse for 3-5 weeks, strain and store.

Rosemary oil can be used to cook with, on your skin and on your scalp for hair growth. If using on your skin, be careful not to use it in areas where you don't want hair growth. For hair serum, I place a few ounces in a squirt bottle, making it easier to oil my scalp.

Rosemary is my current "It Girl", and I plan to double the number of plants this spring.

What is your favorite way to use rosemary? I would love to hear all of the creative ways everyone is using this amazing wonder herb.