Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits.  There several types of rosemary and all of them provide health benefits.  The most common one is Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly called just Rosemary.  It is an aromatic herb indigenous to the Mediterranean area.

What is Rosemary?

Rosemary is traditionally known as the herb of remembrance and friendship. According to many gardeners once you take a whiff of this plant it will enhance your memory.  That is one big benefit if it is really true?  Read more here at Verywellmind.com

It goes by many names Mary’s mantle and compass weed, rosemary is an intense, sweet-smelling, shrub perennial that does well throughout the southwest region.

Do Rosemary Plants Have Flowers?

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits

Yes, they do.  As you can see by the image above they have flowers that range from light blue, dark blue and almost purple.  They can be grown as annuals in colder climates or put them indoors as a potted plant.  The blooming season is typically in mid-to-late spring.  In the southwest, where temperatures rarely go below 10° it is considered a perennial.

The Rosemary plant has needlelike leaves and is a hardy plant for all regions in the Continental U.S. Mature plants can live for over 30 years and can grow up to 5-6 ft. tall and wide.

Where to Place Rosemary?

Rosemary grows best in full sun but will tolerate semi-shade. This plant grows best in light, with well-drained soil.  It’s best to let rosemary become somewhat dry between waterings, as root rot can be a problem when the soil is too wet for too long. It’s also a good idea to mist the leaves once or twice a month during the spring season.

The upright Rosemary will grow to about 4 – 6 feet tall outdoors. Indoors, rosemary benefits by harvesting tip cuttings that will keep the plant fuller and bushier. Rosemary’s leaves are dark green on top with silvery undersides. Rosemary thrives in loose, well-composted-drained, slightly acidic soils.  It is somewhat drought tolerant, water thoroughly the first 3 years after initial planting.

You can use it as a ground-cover plant them about 5-6 ft. apart for a wonderful groundcover landscape effect.

The Creeping Rosemary

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits
Creeping or Trailing Rosemary hanging over a rock wall.

The Creeping rosemary or trailing Rosemary does well in containers, pots or placed in large rock walls with soil as shown above.

Rosemary is slow to germinate and grow from seed so it is best to buy seedling plants or propagate rosemary from stem cuttings, yes, it is easy to do. If you are growing this herb indoors, rosemary loves to be moved from outdoors to indoors during the summer season.

Plant Rosemary in Pots and place in the Kitchen

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits
Rosemary on a window sill

 

Place them in the kitchen.  You’ll have easy access to this herb.  Pinch a couple of stems remove the leaves and have it ready for your next meal.  You can move it back outdoors when the weather warms up.

More Benefits of Rosemary Herb Plants

They repel plants and gives off a pungent smell that repels many insects In the garden.  It keeps cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot flies at bay.  Mosquitoes are also repelled by its strong odor.

Use it in Many Dishes

You can also you use it in the kitchen to include many cooking dishes.  Here is a big list.

  • Tomato dishes
  • Stews
  • Soups
  • Vegetable dishes
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Sausages
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Finely chopped in custards
  • Egg dishes
  • Pickles
  • Jellies
  • Salads
  • Herb bread
  • biscuits
  • Focaccia, the Italian bread

Rosemary is also the preferred herb with lamb, veal, and poultry, particularly when simmered with olive oil, garlic, and wine. Rosemary should always be used with lamb as it enhances the meat with exceptional flavor.

You can also add it to cooking water to spice up cauliflower, potatoes, green beans, and peas. Marinades for fish and meats as well as minestrone, chicken, and pea soups benefit from the addition of rosemary. Rosemary has a strong flavor so use sparingly.

Leaves, stems, and flowers are all edible. To release the flavor of dried leaves, crush them just before using. Rosemary stems can be used for herb skewers by stripping the leaves and threading vegetables or tender cuts of meat on the stems for broiling.

Rosemary can be kept in the fridge for a few days either in plastic bags or with the stems immersed in water. The leaves can be dried by hanging fresh sprigs in a warm, dry place. Strip off leaves before storing.

Use Rosemary for Landscaping Purposes

Plant them in rows for a great looking hedge.  They are easy to trim and can also be used as a stand-alone plant.

Use it as a Christmas Tree during the holidays.

Problems with Rosemary Plants

Spittlebug and mites will attack this plant.  Spittlebug is an insect that sucks the juice from plants and makes a substance that looks like… well, spit.  It hides and protects itself inside this foamy spittle substance.  It’s best to use an organic solution to remove these insects.  Insecticidal soap is your best choice.  It will also help kill mites and other insects.

USDA Hardiness zone for Rosemary is 8-10.

 

Rosemary Herb Health Benefits

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