Native to the Mediterranean coast, Rosemary gets its name form the Latin words “ros” (dew) and “marinus” (sea). It grows as an evergreen bush with needle-like leaves, and can reach up to 6 feet in height. During the Black Plague, rosemary plants were burned, as it was believed to disinfect rooms and combat diseases. This herb is a symbol of loyalty and love. In certain parts of the world, brides, grooms and their guests wear branches of rosemary during wedding ceremonies. It is sometimes used in funeral rituals as well.
We can use this fragrant herb both fresh and dried. Rosemary is especially popular in Italian cuisine. It offers excellent flavoring for potato dishes and other root vegetables like carrots and onions. This herb’s aroma enhances breads such as focaccia. It is a lovely addition to tomato-based soups, stews and sauces. It is also used in the preparation of jellies, jams and cookies. Rosemary can also be consumed as tea.
Rich in essential oil that has an intense piney fragrance, this herb is ideal for aromatherapy treatments. It has antioxidant properties and serves as a soothing digestive aid. It can also stimulate hair growth, reduce dandruff, and relieve an itchy scalp. When made into an ointment, it can treat rheumatism, sores, eczema and bruises.
Tips for Growing
Rosemary plants thrive in warm, humid environments and cannot take extremely cold temperatures. It can tolerate prolonged periods of drought, but cannot withstand overwatering because it leads to rotting of the root. So be sure to plant it in sandy or rocky soil with good drainage. Trimming your plant often will help it become bushier and stronger. This herb attracts bees and thus facilitates the pollination of other plants in the garden. Start growing your rosemary today!