Rosemary The Natural Protector
Rosemary the natural protector, delicately blooms in Spring here in Brisbane. A favourite herb featured in stuffings for Xmas it’s was time to shed some light on its beneficial therapeutic properties.
It is an evergreen bush that is most often used in cooking however it has a wonderful woodsy heady scent that is great in air fresheners and aromatherapy mixes. It is an especially great herb to add to meats where it pairs exceptionally well with lamb.
In old herbal texts it is referred to as Dew of the sea, Elf leaf, and Sea dew and is considered a masculine herb, that has powers of protection, love, increases mental alertness and purification.
In modern day herbalism, Rosmarinus officinalis (botanical name), is used to improve memory, alertness, concentration and mental performance. It possesses antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and acts as a liver protective, circulatory stimulant and improves overall conditions such as dyspepsia (indigestion). It does this through improving biliary (bile flow) and liver clearance enhancing phase II liver detoxification. It can be used to ease headaches and depression.
If you would like to carry the essence of this wonderful universal herb, place infusions or essential oil in hand washes. Placing sprigs under the pillow is said to ‘ensure a good sleep and drives away nightmares’. Rosemary was hung on the porch and door posts to keep thieves from the house in ancient wisdom, and it was carried to remain healthy. Perhaps keeping a pot at the front door may be a useful protector of your home today!
There’s plenty to celebrate with Rosemary that’s for sure. Next time your are in clinic ask me about tailoring your own personalised mix and why not include this magical herb.
Rosemary & Lemon Salt Rub
- 1 1/4 cups salt, Celtic, Himalayan or a good quality sea salt
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, organic Australian first pressed (if possible)
- Juice of 1 lemon, remove the pips
- Zest of one lemon
- 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, finely diced or vitamised
- Garlic, one or two cloves, finely diced
- Roll the lemon over the chopping board to loosen the pith (this enables more juice to be extracted). Grate the zest of one lemon, and juice the lemon.
- Add to the salt. Finely blitz or chop 2-3 sprigs of rosemary (depends on the size, more means stronger flavour & aroma)
- Mix and blend together thoroughly. Use this as a rub over roast or beef or chicken if desired. Will keep for approx. 2 weeks in the fridge.
Natural Body Scrub: Replace the salt with Epson Salts for an excellent rosemary and lemon body rub. I would use macadamia nut, sweet almond oil or apricot oil instead of olive oil which is a heavy oil for the body. Remove the garlic.
Quality Stuffing Recipes
Nigella’s best turkey stuffing https://www.nigella.com/recipes/members/nells-the-best-turkey-stuffing-ever
Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Turkey http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/turkey-recipes/jamie-s-christmas-turkey/
The best rosemary recipes: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/08/10-best-rosemary-recipes