The mesmerizing and alluring aroma of this herb beckons for a whiff of it’s refreshing scent. It is stimulating, satisfying and healthy. This fragrant evergreen herb belongs to the mint family. Used since ancient times, the Romans and Greeks commonly sought Rosemary for its purification and healing properties as well as for culinary inclusions. My daily ritual begins in my garden; watering, snipping and taking with a whiff of Rosemary. She clears my head, stimulates my brain and helps me to focus on the many task of the day. (Oh, don’t laugh, studies have shown that it can have these effects. Some students keep Rosemary nearby when studying for exams to help retain information with much success). My tasks include preparing a menu for family and friends. It is my way to show them some extra love. (Did you know: Rosemary was a gift from Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty? This herb symbolizes; friendship, loyalty, fidelity, and remembrance). Rosemary adds a wonderful flavor to your favorite dish and has health and hair benefits as well. Did you know that Rosemary is thought to…
- good source of iron, calcium, vitamin B6
- is found in some ointments and is thought to helps with muscle pain
- John Hopkins did a study that show that it may help improve memory
- boost immune and circulatory function
- helps improve digestion
- a good source of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds
- believed to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth
- soothe and condition dry, flaky scalps
- It increases circulation to the scalp
- believed to aid in strengthening hair
- thought to help stop thinning of hair
What’s on the menu? Consider this, a bit of roasted chicken. Perhaps some fresh grilled fish is more what you had in mind. Add Rosemary and a pinch of sea salt. It will not disappoint. I haven’t decided yet either. Here is what’s cooking at our house. It’s one of our favorites. Oven roasted Yukon potato chips, sprinkle with sea salt and yes, some Rosemary, drizzled with garlic infused olive oil. Roast until golden brown and slightly crisp. Ooh, yum, my mouth is watering just thinking about how wonderful it’s going to taste.
How about a salad, on a hot day I reach for something easy and cool. Garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, with crushed garlic, basil, thyme and you guessed it, Rosemary. Cut both into quarters toss in a bowl with some kosher salt, the chopped herbs and garlic, add a drizzle (I usually spay it on for even coating) of olive oil and fresh ground pepper. The salt will draw out the liquid and make its own dressing. I usually put a little garlic aioli on the side. Omg, I’m getting so hungry, wait, wait we are almost there.
You need something to drink and here it is… I am nothing if not consistent. Rosemary infused lemonade with a splash of lemon cello (it’s been a long day okay). Delicious! How could you not love Rosemary?
Well, that about does it, gotta go, time to feed these folks.
Excuse me dear, would you like a little Rosemary on that?