Rosemary

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Disclaimer: This data is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to prescribe or treat specific problems. As with any herb or medication, please consult your Doctor of Naturopath or your Medical Doctor before trying anything new.

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"Rosarinus officinalis"

Rosemary has several beneficial properties. It is an Aromatic; Carminative; Diaphoretic, Stimulant, & Astringent.

The leaves are most predominately used, though the flowers are used as well.

The stomach, intestines, liver & nerves are usually affected by the useage of this herb, depending on the way it is used and the dosage.

Rosemary tea is known to raise blood pressure, but is said to be good for gas, indigestion, & fevers. Rosemary promotes the flow of bile and improves digestion & circulation.

Rosemary Essential Oil is good to add to a liniment for arthritic problems, and in salves for skin problems.

Dark haired people use Rosemary Tea as a hair rinse for a healthier look.

CAUTION: Rosemary Tea should not be used in excessive dosages. The limit is 2 to 3 cups per day.

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Rosemary is a perennial that grows up to 4 foot tall. It likes to be planted in full sun. Rosemary is an evergreen herb that forms a small shrub good for growing in containers as well.

Containers must be brought indoors for the winter in the north.

Chopped leaves are an essential speghetti sauce ingredient, and is also good with beef or lamb.

Rosemary seed germinates in 14 to 21 days at 75 to 80 degrees and the seeds must be covered with soil in order to germinate. The fastest way to grow rosemary is to just buy an established plant for your local nursery.

Rosemary is widely cultivated for its essential oil for use in perfumery.

The leaves of Rosemary are small and linear. The flowers grow in clusters of five to ten from the upper leaf axils, are five-petalled, and are colored a pretty blue-violet, sometimes pink.

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Rosemary was a very important ingredient in "Hungary Water" which was named for Queen Isabella of Hungary. This was said to be her "secret formula" to natural beauty and youth. Legend has it that the King of Poland proposed to her when she was 72 years old because she was so young and beautiful. Ancient myths also say that it was used to rub on those with paralyzed limbs, but this showed a slightly different recipe. I have given both recipes below.

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Hungary Water Beauty Recipe

2 1/2 ounces of Rubbing Alcohol (I would use Grain Alcohol as I do not EVER use Rubbing Alcohol)
35 drops of Rosemary EO
13 drops of Lemon EO
7 drops of Rose EO
3 drops of Sage EO
5 drops of Mint EO

Keep stored in a dark glass bottle and shake before each use.

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Hungary Water Rub Recipe (External Use Only)

1/2 pound of Flowering Rosemary Tops
1/2 gallon of spirits (Usually wine)

Steep for 3 weeks and then strain and bottle. Use this to rub vigorously into limbs.

Remember, if you try any of these to be sure and test a small patch of skin first before rubbing all over your skin! :-)

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Culinary Recipe

"ROSEMARY PESTO"

1 1/2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped baby onions
1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves
1 3/4 Tabelspoons fresh Rosemary leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated rind of an orange
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1/8 to 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until uniformely minced.

(An excellent way to use harvested herb like this is to to make the above recipe and then freeze in ice cube trays. When frozen, pop them out and store in freezer bags or containers to use as needed!

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"Rosemary Potatoes"

6 large potatoes, peeled & sliced
1/2 cup minced onion
1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon savoury
1 stick margarine

Melt margarine over medium heat. Add herbs and potatoes. Cook until tender. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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Marcia Wilson
Journeywoman Herbalist
The Allways Natural Herb Farm
10/21/98

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