Scientific name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary was considered sacred by many ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Greeks, and for good reason. It is one of the most powerful herbs on the planet. It has brain support properties, being shown to actually heal brain tissue and improve memory. Not to mention its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties(!)

Nutrients

  • Flavonoids
  • Rosmarinic acid
  • Essential oil
  • Tannins
  • Resin
  • Bitters
  • Camphors
  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Triterpenes

Health Benefits

Known through the ages as a brain tonic, rosemary has a ton of benefits:

  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Mild stimulant
  • Improves headaches & migraines
  • Can relieve mild depression
  • Stimulates circulation: helpful with low blood pressure, poor circulation, and heart troubles
  • Anti-inflammatory, mild painkiller: coupled with many antioxidants, rosemary can improve arthritis and joint damage
  • Helps digestion: especially for starches and fats
  • Lowers DHT: (dihyroxytestosterone) ie. improve hair growth and prostate health
  • Anti-cancer: studies are being published which support this claim
  • Liver detoxer

Cooking Tips

Most well known paired with lamb chops, chicken, and potatoes. Rosemary is pretty versatile though and goes well with lots of vegetables and other dishes, fresh and dried (you can never beat fresh though!).

Quick Remedies

(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)

  • Hair thickener: 5 drops of rosemary essential oil by itself daily after your shower can be effective, and mixed with cedarwood and sage essential oils can be even better.
  • Memory improvement: rub 3 drops rosemary oil mixed with 1/2 tsp coconut oil onto your neck each morning
  • Heal prostate: mix 2 drops rosemary, 1/2 tsp carrier oil. Rub beneath testicles.

How to Grow

Planting

Where do you live?

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean, and is grown around the world but prefers specific growing conditions.

Put em in the ground

Rosemary grows best in Zones 7-10 outside, but can be brought indoors if your area has colder winter months — anything below 40ºF (feel free to cut back a good third of the tops when you do this in the fall).

  • Full sun (can tolerate some shade)
  • Humidity
  • Fertile soil
  • Good level of watering (do not over-water and do not under-water…)
  • Slight breeze (or mildew will develop)

It works best to plant using a cutting from another plant. Rosemary will live for quite a few years so keep this in mind if you plan on planting outside.

Harvest

Once the plant is established, you can take cuttings throughout the season (or year depending where you are) for fresh use in the kitchen. If you’re looking to dry, wait until it just starts to flower, and cut off the top 2-3 inches, making sure to leave some green leaves and not cut too far down.

Care

  • Keep fertilized
  • Mist leaves with a seaweed spray weekly