(photo courtesy of Kathleen Smith of Casa Smith-Coushatta)
Rosemary has long been considered the Herb of Love – and here are a few reasons we love it!
1) Drop a whole sprig of Rosemary in your stew. As it cooks, the leaves will separate from the stem. Just remove the stem before serving!
2) Crumble up some dried rosemary and mix it with about ½ cup of borax and baking soda. This makes a wonderful scouring powder.
3) Carry a sprig of Rosemary with you, and inhale the fragrance occasionally. It is said to help improve your memory.
4) Make a Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint sachet out of cheesecloth. Add it to your bath water and relieve some of those sore muscles, stress and cold symptoms!
5) Mix it with baking soda and sprinkle it on your carpets. Let it sit a few minutes, then vacuum. This will give your room a fresh smell, and act as an insect repellent.
6) Add a pot or two on a sunny windowsill and you have an automatic air freshener.
Rosemary is easiest to grow by cuttings, but can also be grown from seed. Cut a 4” sprig from your plant and put in loose, moist soil. It will take about three weeks to a month, but eventually it will take root. Don’t over-water, as it likes a drier soil. Transplant outdoors, but give it room to grow. If you live in an extremely cold area, prepare to bring it inside or cover it to protect it from snow and ice. To prevent it from becoming lanky, prune it frequently. But with all these great uses, you really don’t have to worry about that – you’ll be sneaking trimmings at least once a week!