What’s So Good About… Rosemary?

Welcome to a new section of Vegematarian called ‘The Healing Power Of’, reviewing different foods which can be added to dishes to not only enhance flavours but also help the body.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

About
Rosemary is a highly aromatic herb with a fresh, pine-like, wood-balsamic fragrance. It can often take over someone’s garden and is famous for using in roast meats and vegetables. Whilst researching this plant, however, I found it has lots of hidden benefits and lots of applications in vegetarian cooking.

Appearance
Rosemary is an evergreen bush or shrub with spiky, silver-green leaves and pale blue flowers. The plant flowers in late Spring through early Summer. It grows up to four-six feet in height.

History
Rosemary has a long history of medicinal use. Both the Greeks and the Romans regarded Rosemary as a sacred herb and decorated statues with wreaths of Rosemary. It was also burned to clear the air of infectious disease during the various plagues of Europe.

How does it help?
Rosemary has healing properties of being pain relieving, restorative, stimulating, anti-bacterial, decongestant, diuretic and anti-fungal. Rosemary is used in the treatment of muscular pain, rheumatism, circulation problems, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, cellulite, arthritis, colds, bronchitis, fluid retention, sinusitis and is suitable for dry, mature skin and acne.

Other uses

Rosemary is distilled into a valuable essential oil from the steam distillation of the flowers.
A tea can be made from Rosemary by using the fresh flowering tips; it can be drunk or used as a gargle for throat and mouth infections. Rosemary tea is useful in treating the nerves and in circulation problems.

Please note
The herb Rosemary should not be used in pregnancy, in epilepsy (it may cause seizures) and by those with high blood pressure.

Recipes
Use the search tool to find Vegematarian recipes containing rosemary.
Recipes from other sites:
Rosemary Vegie Kebabs on Rice
Rosemary Scented Polenta
Roast Pumpkin with Rosemary and Lemon
Sweet Rosemary Rosties
Rosemary Sweet Potato Lentil Salad
Quinoa with Walnuts and Rosemary
Rosemary Tofu Stew

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