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I have grown rosemary for many years and can recommend it as both an ornamental plant and as a herb for cooking.
Rosemary is difficult and unreliable to grow from seed so unless you are particularly keen, it is sensible to buy a small plant to begin with. You could take a cutting from an already established plant but most garden centres offer smaller plants at a reasonable price.
You can keep your rosemary plant potted or plant directly in the soil if you prefer. I have a large plant in the soil in a sunny spot and it does very well. If growing in a pot you will need to repot when necessary and will need to take care that the soil does not dry out. I find it easier to maintain directly planted in the garden.
Over the years my plant has become woody towards the bottom. I believe I could have avoided this with correct pruning and attention but even when I cut the plant right back now, the woody bottom still remains. However aggressive I am with the cutting the plant doesn't seem to mind and it really is quite hardy and resilient.
I love to have fresh rosemary in the garden. The fragrance of the plant is strong when you pick the leaves and I also think it is an attractive plant.
I use the leaves fresh, dried or frozen in ice cubes. My favourite use is on roast potatoes but they can be used for many different recipes.
This is a great addition to any herb garden but you might want to take care to avoid letting your plant get too woody.
This is a superb herb to grow but its a Perennial herb so it does take time to grow. For me, this is not a problem, even though its great when edible foods in the garden grow fast, it feel such an achievement to grow them well and see a good crop.
I kindly received a cutting from a neighbour all I mentioned was how wonderful the garden smelt as the breeze wafted over our garden, she advised me to cut this again to propagate it and I splt it into four more plants, wonderful!
Becuase they were already grown and in the same street/area of soil so it was ready to go and easy to transfer plus we were already in the right season so I didn't have to wait for the season of frost to be over. However, it still grows well in cold weather just the roots are better to start off in warmer weather.
Our neighbour has spent years creating a small rosemary hedge with these not intwining it with anything just being diligent and persistent and it will smell heavenly which is why we noticed such a difference one summer.
This herb prefers dry soil, water logging it will cause diseases to form in the leaves so pick a part of the garden you know it will grow best in and this also grows well in full or partial sunlight, only other advice we were given was when it snows make a small tent of stick and plastic sheeting to protect it from the WEIGHT of the snow, that's the only thing it cannot really handle well.
We only need to occasioanlly prune these and therefore easy to maintain.
We store these once picked in our freezer and they can keep up to a lengthy seven months, the freshness is better it seems than the supermarket and we can get these out whenever we want and thanks awfully to this neighbour of ours it's saved us a few pennies.
We tend to use this more with cooking bread and its absolutely delicious we kind of lost it when we followed a reciepe from a well-known site that suggests a lemon sorbet and rosemary, never again! But well worth the try.
We have now grown these to a point that we can pass this on to friends and neighbours ourselves and these can easily be grown indoors in small pot as along as you provide good drainage and do not fertilise the this will be fine.
Two things our neighbour does but I've yet to try and because I know these little tips I'm one of those people who just HAS to tell everyone else. To make your hair shiny fragrance water with rosemary leaves and spray on or rinse of and you can make rosemary soap as well which is good to create an uplift in mood. Now you probably already know this, I also happen to be the last to know about things, but it's well worth mentioning.
Rosemary is a herb and part of the Labiatae family, which is more commonly referred to as the “Mint Family”. The original source of Rosemary was in areas around the Mediterranean Sea and Portugal. Today it is grown and cultivated in many different countries. The Rosemary can grow upto 6 feet tall and has a bushy look. The leaves are what is commonly used to derive the essential oils and what is also commonly used in cooking. The Scientific name of Rosemary is Rosmarinus Officinalis. It is used primarily as an essential oil and as an herb in various foods. As an Essential Oil --------------------- The Essential oil type consists of pinenes, camphene, limonene, cineol, broneol, camphor, linalool, terpinol, octnanone and bornyl acetate. You need to be careful when using this oil due to its potency. Mostly it is diluted either in water or in oil, which are referred to as carrier oils. This can be any vegetable oil. Rosemary essential oil, as well as being a being a stimulant to the nervous system is primarily an antiseptic and anti-bacterial. Using it has many benefits against ailments and these include: acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, greasy hair, insect repellent, promotes hair growth, regulares seborrhea, scabies, lice, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis, fluid retention, gout, rheumatism, asthma bronchitis, whooping cough, colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, jaundice, dysmenorrhea, leucorrhoea, colds, flu, debility, headaches, hypo tension, neuralgia, fatigue, stress-related disorders. Some typical examples of use would be to rub it on the chest to improve acute bronchitis (cough), catarrh and colds. Put a few drops in your bath and it is known to greatly improve circulation and will restore energy levels after long periods of stress. Rinse your hair with a few drops diluted in the water and it will greatly help increases the shine in your hair and clear dandruff. Rosemary
Oil is also known for its magical properties. I am mentioning these here asper details found on a related website. It does not necessarily mean that I agree with them, but then again if you believe in magic then maybe you will. -burned on charcoal to rid an area of negative energy -also in a incense with juniper berries to promote healing and prevent airborne infections in a sick-room -also burned for visions in answer to questions -placed beneath the pillow to ensure good sleep and pleasant dreams -placed beneath the bed to protect the sleeper from harm -placed over doors to protect from theives and illness -wearing a chaplet of rosemary aids the memory -used on occasions where clear memory is important -often used in bridal wreaths, and in wedding favours -smelling it or using it in bathwater preserves youthfulness -love and lust incenses -infusion is used to wash hands before healing work -used in charms and poppets for healing -powdered leaves wrapped in linen and bound to right arm disperses depression and makes the emotions light Rosemary essential oil is easily available at most health shops and over the Internet. A 10ml. bottle will set you back between £6.00 to £7.00. Although this might sound quite expensive it certainly is not since, as mentioned earlier, it only takes a couple of drops to provide the desired effects and needs to be diluted. The other predominant usage, as mentioned earlier, is as a herb in various foods. The leaves of Rosemary have a camphor like taste and smell. Rosemary is commonly used in meat and game dishes. It goes especially well with roast lamb. Adding Rosemary into soups, sauces, stews and salads gives this dishes a unique tasteand flavour. It is also used to to add flavour to wines, vinegar, oil and butter. Dishes that are ideal with Rosemary can be found easily on the Internet, alongwith the receipes. The Rosemary herb is relatively easy to purchase either in the relative shops or online. A 18gms pack goes for around £1.00 and the organic version for around £1.40. This is certainly not expensive. Prices may vary and you could probably get a better deal over the Internet. Overall Rosemary is a wonder herb not only for your palate but also for your ailements and yes ideal if you believe in magic.
Rosemary is an evergreen herb that came originally from the Mediteranean. It's Latin name is 'Rosmarinus officinalis, (important to know before you purchase.) The essential oil is extracted by steamdistillation from the leaves and flowering tips of the plant. Traditionally, the herb is used for cooking, medicine and in religious ceremonies. In ancient Greece rosemary was burnt at shrines and in the Middle Ages the herb was used for fumigation purposes. It doubtful that it did actually protect from plague and other infectious diseases but it is known to have antiseptic properties. Over the years rosemary has been used in folk medicine for a whole range of complaints, including respiratory and circulatory problems, liver congestion, digestive and nervous complaints, muscular and rheumatic pain and even skin and hair problems. It is currently listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a specific for depressive conditions accompanied by general debility and cardiovascular weakness. It's aroma is fresh, penetrating and very soothing to the airways. This oil contains a high percentage of alcohols which makes it a good antiseptic, and terpenes which are an indication of its affect on the respiratory tract. The problem with this oil is that it also contains camphor which, although it is only present in minute amounts, could possibly cause side effects. If the oil is correctly diluted with carrier oil (no more than a 2% solution with a good quality vegetable oil), it is non-toxic and unlikely to cause skin sensitization. Main uses for this essential oil are: In the treatment of acne (in the bath or diluted in a basic lotion), Respiratory complaints. Use around five drops in a warm bath (no more as it is very strong). Alternatively diluted with a carrier oil such as almond to 2% dilution and massage into the back and chest. This is particularly effective for harsh, ba
rking coughs that refuse to go away. Hair and scalp problems. Add two drops to a mild shampoo and massage into dry scalp and hair. Then add warm water and wash in the normal way. Add to a warm bath to treat 'flu', bronchitis, colds, muscular aches and pains general debility. Always add the oil to a warm bath after the taps have been turned off and mix the oil into the water. You can dilute the essential oil with milk or vodka to make sure it disperses fully and doesn't make the bath dangerously slippery. This is a useful oil to have available. I would recommend it especially for coughs and colds (it smells a little like 'Vick'.) However, if you are epileptic, or think you may be pregnant avoid this oil. It has beeen known to trigger epileptic fits in susceptible people and can act as an abortificant so is best avoided in pregnancy
Rosemary Rosemary is an evergreen shrub, which was once indigenous to the Mediterranean coastline, but can now be found in many Western gardens and Garden Centres. Now days this plant is widely cultivated for its culinary, medicinal, ornamental and perfumery uses. The essential oil is obtained from the whole of the Rosemary plant by steam distillation. Rosemary or it is sometimes called French Organic, is known as one of three Cephalic oils along with Basil and Peppermint. They stimulate the brain, improving clarity of thought and memory. It helps to alleviates fatigue, encouraging the user to keep awake (Ideal during the pressure of examination, for revising or sitting though long examinations). It is a versatile oil with a multitude of uses and is excellent value for money. **Uses** For Arthritis, Bronchitis, Burns, Colds, Dandruff, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Gout, Headaches, High Cholesterol, Low Blood Pressure, Influenza, Migraines, Palpitations, Rheumatism, Skin Care and Wound Care. **Emotional Use** For nervous conditions that effect the memory or thought processes. **Blending** Rosemary blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Juniper and Peppermint. **Cautions** AVIOD IN THE FIRST TRIMESTER OF PRGNANCY. Can induce Epilepic fits Never use this essential oil directly on the skin. Always use a ?Carrier? (10mls of Milk or Almond Oil). **How to Use** For Arthritis and Rheumatic Conditions plus Gout, place 3-5 drops in a ?Carrier? (10mls of Milk or Almond Oil) and pour into a running bath of warm water. Relax in the bath for as long as required. The Oil in the bath will also help the brain so is ideal to use in the morning rather than at night, prior to sleeping. Arthritis and Rheumatic Conditions, Headaches and Migraines. For massage, place up to 10 drops of Rosemary i
nto 50mls of carrier oil. (Almond Oil). Ideal for a full body rub or just the temples in the case of headaches. To improve the Hair condition or Dandruff, use 1-3 drops of essential oil in the rinsing water (use milk as the ?Carrier?). Rosemary is an ancient colour enhancer and is ideal to use on darker hair to improve shine. The astringent properties in Rosemary will help to condition and nourish oily hair. Skincare. Rosemary helps to make a lovely refreshing skin tonic that is ideal to use in the mornings. It is an astringent so caution is advised for use on sensitive skin. Used orally Rosemary promotes urinary elimination. NB, BEFORE using Rosemary essential oil orally check with the makers/retailers that it is safe to do so. If in doubt eat the fresh or dried herb instead. The same advice also applies with cooking. Tea and herbal infusions are also avalible from a good retailers, for internal use in the body. In a room burner, Rosemary is ideal to use in the treatment of Bronchitis or Influenza. 5-10 drops in an oil/water burner is ideal. Caution: Do not leave burner unattended, for safety reasons. IMPORTANT: Do not put too much oil in the burner as excess can induce headaches. The oil comes in a 7mls brown bottle costing around £7.00 for Culpeper and other essential oil retailers. Website: www.culpeper.com
Rosemary, like Lavender and Tea Tre, is one of those oils that you cannot be without, it has so many uses. It can be burned in an oil burner around the house for a lovely leafy, fresh and clean atmoshphere. Plus it you happen to be studying, or needing to concentrate on a task at the same time, it is the best oil to aid concentration and promote alertness. It is one of the first oils I reach to when any of the family, or indeed myself, are feeling achy or suffering from any muscular pains or strains. It is very warming and invigorating. It raises blood pressure, and is excellent for cold hands and feet! I suposedly increases blood supply to the brain, therefore baing a boon for those with poor concentration, (like me :-)) I have a few drops of Rosemary in an oil burner on my desk at this very moment in time in fact. As an expectorant, it can aid coughs and bronchitis, however it should be steered clear of if you suffer from Epilepsy or indeed if you are pregnant.