Welcome to Kirsten's Herbal Garden...ROSEMARY

Rosemary in Malibu, CA (Photo: K.Anderberg, 2008)

Flowering Rosemary in Seattle, 2007 (Photo: K.Anderberg)

Rosemary is prevalent all up and down the U.S. West Coast, and blooms with flowers that are light blue and white. Rosemary has an antiseptic property as well as being astringent. It smells great and is wonderful for the hair. It is also a bug repellent. The blue flowers, as well as the spiny leaves, are edible.

Rosemary Mint Mouthwash
2 1/2 c. distilled water ** 1 t. fresh mint leaves ** 1 t. rosemary leaves ** 1 t. anise seeds

Boil water, then remove from heat and add all ingredients. Let steep (sit) for 20 minutes. Cool, strain, use as mouthwash.

Rosemary for Hair
Boil a pint of water, then take off the heat, add a handful of rosemary and let it sit an hour. Then strain and use as a final hair rinse after washing.

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Rosemary Milk Toner for Feet
1 cup hot milk * 1/2 cup mint leaves * 6 sprigs of rosemary * 2 t peppermint extract

In a pan, simmer milk, mint, and rosemary for 15 minutes. Take off the heat, and cool. Strain, then stir in extract. Soak a clean cloth with the mixture, and apply to feet, wrapping it around feet. You can cover them with plastic after this if you want. Makes enough for one application.

You can use wild herbs for baths. Collect some today! Put herbs in cotton tea bag or cheesecloth and make bath into a giant teabag to soak in! Some good wild herbs for baths are Eucalyptus, Mint, Pennyroyal, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Calendula, Comfrey, Hens and Chicks, Blackberry leaves, Dandelion, Stinging Nettles...Also, you can add 1/4 c. honey to bath water for a sweet, silky bath.

Rosemary Salt Topping for Breads, Pretzels, etc.
1 rosemary sprig, crumbled * 1 clove garlic, minced * 1 T oil * 1 T coarse sea salt

Mix together and sprinkle over bread or pretzel dough and bake.

Abbreviations: (t. = teaspoon, T. = Tablespoon, c. = cup)

DISCLAIMER: Do not eat or drink tea from any plant you have not fully studied and identified properly. Please consult with your local alternative herbal care specialist before using herbs you are not familiar with.


Anise * Blackberries * Calendula * Cloves * Comfrey * Eucalyptus * Fennel * Horsetails * Lavender * Mint * Nettles * Red Clover * Roses * Rosemary * Sage * Selfheal * Thyme * BABIES & MOMS * BATHS * BUG REPELLENTS * FEET * HAIR * LIPS * MAKEUP * MISC * SKIN * TEETH * WOMEN *

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