Rosemary has many health benefits.
It is a good source of calcium, iron and fiber. It aids in digestion and circulation, and can help heighten attention levels.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can decrease some of the effects of an asthma attack. It is a stimulant though, so those that are pregnant, have heart conditions or epilepsy should not use it.
Since it is an evergreen it can be grown all year under proper conditions. If you are lucky enough to get rosemary to flourish in an herb garden, it may spread wildly. It can be dried and stored in a cool, dark space for months.
Excess rosemary can even be donated to organizations like AmpleHarvest.org so people who may need food assistance can have access to fresh herbs and produce.
A resourceful cooking additive, it can be put in a variety of dishes. Fully grown sprigs become sturdy and can be used as natural skewers. Rosemary can also be added as a fragrant garnish.
It can be used in the home for cleaning, too. After being boiled and steeped for 10 minutes, the cooled solution can be used to freshen up bathrooms and kitchens. Rosemary also makes a great natural air freshener, and the scented plants can be potted and put in the kitchen or on a porch so that they can be snipped and used as needed.
The practical herb can also be incorporated into at home spa treatments. It can be infused with boiled water and once cooled can be used as a refreshing rinse for the hair. It can also be mixed with olive oil for an invigorating hair tonic that stimulates the scalp and makes hair shinier. Fresh rosemary or the extracted oils can be used in a warm bath to soak sore muscles or ease congestion. Steam releases the aroma and aids in relaxation.
Whether homegrown or store-bought, rosemary is a great addition to any home.
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