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Rosemary - Rosmarinus Officinalis

Written By Sandra on Thursday, 23 October 2008 | 14:15

I know summer is long gone, but I still can’t forget one of my main “summer amusements” – taking pictures, taking pictures, taking pictures…

All by itself, photographing isn’t strange at all, but if you consider that 20% of all my photos were rosemary plants (bush, flowers, leaves…), then it’s worth mentioning.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is indeed well known plant, so I don’t need to add additional description. In some “older times” rosemaris were inevitable decor on wedding ceremonies (this custom goes back to old England where it was symbol of fidelity) and that’s why I’m really happy to see that “retro is in” again.

Rosemary is Mediterranean plant which expanded around the world. It’s mainly cultivated in coastal and warm areas because it’s very sensible on cold and winter, but luckily, it can grow in pots as well, so us, living in colder areas can also enjoy the benefits of rosemary.

It is almost impossible to prepare fish barbecue without using rosemary twigs for smearing fish with olive oil, for example, or make kebabs of rosemary sticks, but you should also consider rosemary’s high energetic and nutritive value and curative properties as well.

Rosemary, both fresh and dry, is great source for minerals like iron, manganese, calcium, copper and magnesium and it’s full of vitamins (A, B, C…), but the crown of all is its’ therapeutic feature.

Scientists on Cincinnati Universe confirmed old belief – rosemary stimulates memory because it induces circulation and blood flow to brain. Today’s studies are also showing that rosemary oil can help in skin cancer treatment because it stops growth of tumor cells.

There are even some researches that are trying to prove that rosemary oil can stop developing of lung cancer and colon cancer.

There are numerous benefits that rosemary has, and I’ll give you just a few of them:

- rosemary anticipates blood circulation and it purifies blood
- rosemary increases low blood pressure
- compresses of rosemary tea act favorably on sprains, wrenches, bruises and edemas.
- rosemary tea or rosemary dipped in brandy can reduce hair spill
- rosemary speeds up digestion and stomach functioning
- it stimulates liver function
- rosemary baths heal ulcers and skin rashes.

Rosemary is inevitable spicy in kitchen and it is really easy to prepare oil or vinegar aromatized with rosemary. Simply take one or two rosemary twigs (and you can add garlic, thyme, black pepper – what ever you prefer), put it in glass jar, suffuse it with oil or vinegar, and in a few days you’ll have ideal spice for various dishes or salads.

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Titania said...

Sandra, a great and informative post about Rosemary. I have planted it every where in my garden. Use it mainly in cooking. Love the scent. It is very hardy here and propagates easily. Have you a mediterranean climate and can you leave Rosemary outside over winter?

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Very nice post. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. That scent is so powerful that just by touching it, it will leave a beautiful fragrance on your hands. I planted some rosemary seeds in pots and I have three rosemary plants that actually came up. One of them is already big. I watched Barefoot Contessa once remove the rosemary plant from her garden and planted it in a pot and left it indoors for the winter. In the summers, she plants it back in her garden. They say they cannot survive winters. I'll probably place the rosemary pots indoors once it gets cold here.

Sandradb said...

Thank you both for your comments - unfortunately we don't have Mediterranean climate here so I plan to grow rosemary in pots. You can't risk because sometimes winters are mild, and sometimes very very cold.

Kat said...

Very informative! Thanks for that!

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Martin Miller-Yianni said...

Rosemary, never used enough. Your blog will give more people inspiration to think about using it. Good promo for this underrated herb.

Martin Miller-Yianni said...


I brought some cutting of rosemary from England to Bulgaria, they have taken very well here.

Anonymous said...

Rosemary is essential in any chef's kitchen.


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