My favorite time of week! He herb of the week! This weeks herb is Rosemary!!!! Wonderful with lamb, surprisingly effective as a medicinal!
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale) the little evergreen shrub has been around for centuries! "In 1607, Roger Hacket said, "Speaking of the powers of rosemary, it overtoppeth all the flowers in the garden, boasting man's rule. It helpeth the brain, strengtheneth the memorie, and is very medicinable for the head. Another property of the rosemary is, it affects the heart."
Rosemary has been used since the time of the early Greeks and Romans. Greek scholars often wore a garland of the herb on their heads to help their memory during examinations. In the ninth century, Charlemagne insisted that the herb be grown in his royal gardens. The Eau de Cologne that Napoleon Bonaparte used was made with rosemary. The herb was also the subject of many poems and was mentioned in five of Shakespeare’s plays."
Today we also use Rosemary as a powerful antimicrobial, memory enhancer, stimulate hair growth and supports the circulatory system.
Rosemary can be used as a tea, decoction, powdered, and as an essential oil. As a tea for dyspepsia (upset tummy), decoction topically for sore muscles, powder sprinkled on clothing to protect against fleas and ticks, and as an essential oil for memory (remember always dilute and be aware if you are epileptic that rosemary has been rumored to trigger seizures). Several studies also hint that Rosemary may be anticancer! A little powerhouse that also is awesome with Salmon!
Total daily intake should not exceed 4 to 6 grams of the dried herb. DO NOT take rosemary oil orally.
Salmon hack: Use the woody thick rosemary sprig as a skewer for salmon. Reduce maple syrup and balsamic as a glaze...my favorite way to have Salmon!
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We discuss Herbs, the Science of Herbs and Aromatherapy. I also draw a Card of the Day.
Grab a cup of tea or wine and enjoy. Feel free to participate. ~Mamma Moon