Rosemary is a wonderfully pungent herb that offers a broad array of health benefits.
It stimulates the immune system, improves digestion and circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation is implicated in many health problems ranging from asthma to arthritis). Evidence suggests that the scent of rosemary even boosts brain performance.
Rosemary can be purchased fresh and stored in the fridge (you can extend its life by wrapping it in a slightly damp paper towel).
You can also freeze rosemary by chopping the leaves into ice cube trays, covering them with water, and keeping them in the freezer. These rosemary cubes can then be added to stews, soups, and other hot dishes as needed.
Dried rosemary should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place in sealed container. In recipes, two to three teaspoons of fresh rosemary is equivalent to one teaspoon of dried rosemary.
Rosemary is very easy to grow in the garden, in a container on a patio or deck, or on a sunny windowsill. It likes lots of sunlight and well-drained soil, but is otherwise undemanding. Although its growth will be most abundant during the warmer months, a rosemary plant provides fresh leaves throughout the year.
Rosemary is a versatile herb that works nicely in many different meat, fish, egg, and vegetable dishes. It is also a wonderful addition to breads and olive-oil-based bread dipping sauces.
Throughout history, rosemary has been a popular home remedy for various types of digestive upsets, coughs, headaches, toothaches, high blood pressure, eczema, and joint or muscle pain. However, there has not been sufficient research conducted to evaluate its effectiveness for any of these uses.
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WebMD, “Rosemary,” 2012.
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