8 Household Uses for Rosemary

Here are just a few of the ways this hardy herb lends itself to use in the kitchen, around the home and in your daily beauty routine.

| September/October 2017

  • This elegant, herbal granita is spiked with sparkling wine, but it can be omitted for an alcohol-free version.
    Photo by Howard Lee Puckett
  • Rosemary can even be added to salt for an herbal kick to a versatile seasoning.
    Photo by iStock/sitriel
  • In the dead of winter, when citrus is at its best in the markets, brighten up your day with this rosemary-spiked lemon tart.
    Photo by Thomas Gibson

Rosemary is a hardy plant with uses that range from culinary to aromatherapy. Its health properties are also diverse. Considered a memory aid since ancient times — students in Ancient Greece would insert rosemary sprigs into their hair while studying for exams — rosemary’s ability to improve quality of memory and focus is backed up by science. The Mediterranean perennial also has anti-cancer properties and has been used traditionally to calm nerves and muscle spasms, stimulate the nervous system, and fight inflammation. Here are a few ways rosemary lends itself to use for food, beauty and cleaning.

1. Glorious Granita
Similar to a sorbet, a granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and other adaptable flavorings, and is easy to make at home. This elegant version uses rosemary, lavender, ginger and sparkling wine for an easy after-dinner treat. Visit motherearthliving.com/rosemary-lavender-ginger-granita for the recipe.

2. Rosemary and Thyme Pesto
Rosemary pesto is perfect atop meat or potatoes. To make it, combine equal parts minced fresh rosemary and thyme in a bowl. Puree macadamia nuts, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan, salt and pepper in a food processor, then mix with minced herbs. 

3. Fall-Purpose Cleaner
Create a natural disinfectant cleaner that will leave your home smelling like autumn. Combine 2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar, 25 drops rosemary essential oil and 25 drops fir essential oil and pour into a large spray bottle. Use the mixture to cleanse and disinfect kitchens, bathrooms and countertops.

4. Legendary Lotion
According to herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, this spa-quality lotion packed with herbs had its beginnings as a gypsy cure-all. Try using this versatile formula in other ways, such as a foot bath, aftershave or hair rinse. Get the recipe at motherearthliving.com/herbal-astringent-lotion.

5. Seasonal Stew
This mushroom stew — served with rosemary mashed potatoes — is the perfect hearty and healthy accompaniment to cooler temperatures. Get the recipe at motherearthliving.com/autumn-mushroom-stew.

ethan william
10/19/2017 7:15:24 AM

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