Rosemary for Remembrance

As we reflect on happy fall memories, let us sip on some rosemary tea to aid the process! Rosemary has long been associated with memory, loyalty, love and friendship. That's why rosemary is often used in wedding arrangements and boutonnieres.  In ancient times rosemary was woven into a wreath worn by brides, and was a symbol of love and fidelity. Guests were given a sprig of rosemary, sometimes gilded, and tied with ribbons.

Last month I mentioned that thyme would make my top 10 list of culinary herbs. Rosemary is also very high on that list. You'll find it used in some surprising ways in my Fall Detox Cookbook. It pairs well with root vegetables, chickpeas, chicken, lamb,and even berries.

Combine rosemary with turmeric and pepper for a super detox spice mix to use in hearty fall soups.

You can make rosemary tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. This tea can be used to help with colds, fevers, headaches, fatigue, depression, indigestion and inflammation. In fact, herbalists say that rosemary tea can be as effective as aspirin for headaches and joint pain. It also makes a great rinse for hair, scalp, prevention of baldness, and clear skin.

Did you know?

  1. According to Sir Thomas Moore (1478-1575), "Where Rosemary flourished, the woman ruled." (1) 
  2. Rosemary was often used to flavor ale and wine and as such could be used as a skin toner, a cough syrup, and a shield against evil spirits.    
  3. It was burned in hospitals to disinfect the air, and the ashes were used as an antibacterial to brush teeth.  
  4. In Shakespearean times, rosemary was given as a New Year's gift.  
  5. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary found shelter among rosemary while fleeing from Egypt with the baby Jesus. 
  6. It seems that rosemary is another favorite hiding place for young fairies! 

It's time to harden your rosemary to the indoor environment if you haven't already brought her inside. Rosemary is not always pleased about living indoors. You'll want to gently entice dear little Rosemary to move by bringing her in for short periods at a time during the coolest part of the evening. Then slowly lengthen the time spent inside until she's there to stay. All of your plants will benefit from this treatment, but none as much as rosemary. And remember, you will still need to check the soil and determine the best indoor watering schedule to allow the soil to dry out before watering again, but not for long.

This may sound like a lot of trouble, but you'll be glad you took the extra time when you're enjoying the fragrant aroma and taste of fresh rosemary in the middle of the winter.   

(1)Grieve, A Modern Herbal (©1931

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