I love Rosemary. It grows profusely in my herb garden and just brushing by the wonderful smelling foliage will lift my spirits and make me want to cook something with it! Rosemary is also a wonderful ally for a variety of common ailments.
An infusion of the dried herb will calm a migraine headache, help reduce blood pressure, or help you digest your food. It will also calm your nerves and make you feel more alert.
To make an infusion, purchase dried herb and put a handful into a quart jar (canning jars work wonderfully for this). Pour boiling water over the herb and cap the jar tightly. Let sit for 4-8 hours. The longer it sits, the stronger the infusion will be. A dose is 1-2 cups per day, usually sipped slowly. You can add honey for sweetener.
To sweeten your breathe, chew on a piece of fresh Rosemary.
To make a natural tooth paste, grind a small amount of fresh rosemary in a coffee grinder (cleaned free of coffee!), then mix with a small amount of baking soda. You want to end up with a couple of tablespoons after they are mixed together. When you brush your teeth, just wet the toothbrush, dip it in the mixture, and brush as usual.
To make a wonderful and invigorating linament, tincture fresh Rosemary in regular rubbing alcohol that you can buy from the drug store or grocery store. Be sure to label the finished product as for external use only — you should not ingest this internally. To make the tincture, fill a small jar with fresh herb, pour the alcohol over it, cap tightly, and let sit for several weeks. Strain out the herb and, Viola!, you have a wonderful muscle rub.
To help heal a wound you can grind fresh Rosemary and place it directly on the wound, covering it with a bandage. Some like to mix it in with raw honey and apply to the wound. Honey has been shown in clinical studies to be a great help with difficult to heal wounds, and the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, plus the healing synergy of Rosemary is well known to help heal wounds quickly.
There are many, many other uses for Rosemary, too. Some consider it a cure-all, because of its many healing properties.
How have you used Rosemary?