Rosemary

Rosemary is a shrubby evergreen flowering shrub that can grow up to four feet high. The Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, and the Romans considered this precise herb sacred. It has been said that in the Middle Ages this herb was used to ward of evil spirits and was even used as a shield against the plague. Today this herb is used in many different ways.

Rosemary plant

Rosemary helps with a range of things from congestion or respiratory tract troubles to stiff muscles. It can help boosts the memory, liver and gall bladder. It has been known to help with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue, and nervous exhaustion.

It has also been known to help with relieving pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain, and swelling.

Rosemary has an astringent action, making it very effective for countering sagging skin.

Using Rosemary

Fresh rosemary is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, folate and manganese. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and copper.

The leaves and flowers of rosemary can be used in many different dishes. It has quite a strong flavour so use with care. You can make rosemary flavoured oil or vinegars, adding rosemary to potatoes or add finely chopped leaves to soups, sauces, salads, pasta. Onions sauted with rosemary makes a delicious stir fry.

 

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