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    ROSEMARY
    Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub that generally grows from three to six
    requires shelter in cold regions. Its botanical name, Rosmarinus, is derived from
    the Latin, ros, meaning "dew" and marinus, meaning "of the sea," since it grew
    Rosemary has been used since ancient times as a symbol of friendship, loyalty,
    and remembrance, and was traditionally carried by mourners at funerals and
    brides during their weddings. Garlands were worn to help scholars with their
    studies since it was believed that rosemary helped with clear thinking and
    memory.

    Rosemary adds delicious flavor to many foods. First, remove leaves from the
    plant, then chop them into small pieces to release the oil. Rosemary enhances
    the flavor of soups, stews, potatoes and meats such as lamb, chicken,
    salmon and tuna. Since ancient times, It has been used as a food preservative
    by folding crushed rosemary into meat, fish, pasta and potato dishes.

    In addition to flavoring foods, Rosemary is a powerful herbal remedy with many
    health benefits. It is also a source for calcium, magnesium, manganese,
    phosphorus, iron, zinc, potassium, Vitamin C and B-vitamins.

    ANTIOXIDANT  
    Rosemary is a rich source of Vitamin E, giving it strong antioxidant qualities that
    prevent cancer-causing chemicals from binding and causing mutations in
    cellular DNA (particularly in the liver and bronchial cells). The anit-oxidant
    properties also help protect the cells in the body from the damage of free
    radicals by slowing down their production. Rosemary also may help in
    preventing heart disease, arthritis, premature aging and the formation of
    cataracts.

    ANTISEPTIC  
    Rosemary cleanses the blood and helps to control many pathogenic organisms.
    As a diuretic, it increases the flow of urine that flushes bacteria from the body
    before they have chance to cause infection, yet does not completely wipe out
    the natural bacterial population of the digestive tract that keep the intestines in
    healthy balance. Rosemary has also been used successfully in treating toxic
    shock syndrome. Rosemary's fungicidal properties have been effective
    in killing yeast infections, such as candida albicans.

    Rosemary also kills germs when used as a gargle and mouthwash. To inhibit
    infections from minor cuts, press fresh leaves onto the wound. You can also
    use rosemary to prevent body odor caused by bacteria or fungus by mixing
    ground rosemary into bath powder and applying it the body. The leaves can be
    used to make tea for drinking or as a body wash.

    CIRCULATORY SYSTEM  
    Rosemary is an excellent brain stimulant that improves brain functioning and
    memory by feeding it with oxygen-rich blood. It also contains compounds that
    prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that assists the nerve
    cells responsible for memory and reasoning.

    These compounds may help Alzheimer patients by drinking in tea form and
    using shampoos containing Rosemary essence oils. Rosemary also improves
    hair quality, reduces dandruff and may delay balding by stimulating hair
    follicles. However, be aware that most shampoos on the market are full of toxic
    chemicals which in themselves may cause more problems. We offer a few
    homemade shampoo recipes on this website.

    Rosemary is an excellent stimulant for the circulatory system to treat disorders
    such as low blood pressure, bruises, sprains and varicose veins. The
    flavonoid, diosmin, is effective in reducing capillary fragility and enhances the
    flow of blood. Rosemary also regulates blood flow during menstruation and
    helps to ease menstrual cramps and pain.

    Because Rosemary stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body, it
    increases the blood supply to the skin, which may help restore a youthful glow.
    Rosemary essence can also be used in facial masks and may help in
    preventing wrinkles. Drink a cup of Rosemary tea as a pick me when feeling
    fatigued.

    Asthma may be relieved by rosemary's volatile oil which can open air
    passages and help relieve congestion brought on by colds and flu. To aid with
    congestion, make an herbal tea with crushed rosemary. Add 1 teaspoon per
    cup of hot water, steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink a few cups a day. You
    can also inhale steam from Rosemary tea to help break up congestion and
    reduce fever.

    DIGESTIVE SYSTEM  
    Rosemary strengthens and tones the stomach, stimulates digestion and relaxes
    the digestive tract, which helps to calm upset stomach, nausea, ease cramps
    and spasms in the intestines, alleviate flatulence, stimulate appetite,
    dyspepsia and bloating. It also stimulates the release of bile and aids in the
    digestion of dietary fat and is helpful in treating indigestion caused by anxiety.

    Rosemary extract encourages detoxifying enzymes that help flush harmful toxins
    from the liver, boosting its function. As a mild diuretic, it can assist in reducing
    swelling.

    RELAXANT  
    Rosemary calms and soothes the nerves, relaxes muscles, eases pain and
    reduces tension and anxiety throughout the body. It has been very helpful in
    treating headache, stress-related migraines, depression, nervous
    exhaustion, depression and apathy. The herb is also effective in alleviating
    the pain of neuritis, neuralgia, tendonitis, rheumatism, aching joints and
    overall muscle pain and spasms. Add 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil to
    your bathwater to help relieve aching muscles and frazzled nerves.

    SKIN
    Rosemary essential oil strenghtens capillaries when applied to the skin, having
    a refreshing effect. It also helps prevent age-related skin damage. As with any
    essential oil, dilute rosemary oil with another oil (such as coconut, olive or
    sesame) before applying to the skin, starting with a small patch to test for
    sensitivity.

    PRECAUTIONS  
    For most people, Rosemary is very safe to use as an herbal tea or food
    supplement. However, small amounts of rosemary oil may cause irritation of the
    stomach, kidneys and intestines. Larger doses can be toxic. Never ingest more
    than a drop of concentrated rosemary oil.

    You should not ingest rosemary extract if you are pregnant, have epilepsy, fever
    or high blood pressure (it may slightly increase blood pressure). Like all herbs
    and foods, start slow and pay attention to any possible side effects.


ROSEMARY TEA

Rosemary tea has an aromatic "pine" taste, try various
dilutions to find the taste that best appeals to you. It also
blends well with other teas, such as dandelion.

Rosemary tea is a mild stimulant, yet contains no caffeine.

There are a variety of ways to make rosemary tea.

Our preferred method for 1 - 2 cups of hot tea is to add
1 T. of dried leaves or a sprig of fresh leaves per cup
to a tea press then add boiling water and let steep
5 - 10 minutes.

teaball, then add boiling water in a cup and steep for
5 - 10 minutes. For best results, cover cup with a plate
to retain the steam so the active chemicals are preserved
in the tea.

Add dried leaves or fresh sprigs in your favorite teacup,
after steeping, pour through a strainer or cheesecloth.

To make a gallon of rosemary tea, place about a half
cup of dried leaves or several fresh sprigs in a large pot
with a gallon of water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat
and allow to steep 5 - 10 minutes. Once it has cooled
enough to handle, pour through a strainer into a glass
container that can handle hot liquids. Serve at room
temperature or store in the refrigerator.

For additional health benefits or fuller flavor, add
additional spices such as cloves, garlic or star anise.

To sweeten, add raw honey or stevia.

Try adding a splash of lemon or lime juice for pizazz.

Rosemary, brewed with ginger is a natural antihistamine
and is excellent as an expectorant, decongestant and
helps combat nausea.

REMARKABLE ROSEMARY

One of our favorite all-season drinks, hot or cold, is easily brewed from the aromatic ornamental
plant that decorates many yards in the southwestern United States!
See the recipes for rosemary tea below.

Rosemary has a plethora of health benefits for the heart, skin, liver and brain. Rosemary is well
known as a relief for headaches and migraines, as a memory enhancer and as a restorative after
radiation exposure. The list goes on, as you can see from the article below.


HARVESTING ROSEMARY

Gather whole branches of rosemary, rinse, then tie into small bundles with rubber bands.
Hang upside down in the house or outside in a shaded area. Once the leaves are dry, they can
easily be removed by holding over a large bowl and crushing with your fingers.

Store in a glass container that is well sealed. Label the container  with the harvest date and
all the good, healthy things rosemary does for you. This is a great idea if your memory is poor,
since rosemary is a memory enhancer.  :-)

Rosemary will help raise your pH alkalinity and restore a sagging spirit.

Enjoy in joy!
Fresh rosemary sprigs
ROSEMARY