You’ve probably at least heard of Rosemary. You obviously find it in the kitchen spice rack and herb drawer, but you’ll also find mentions of it in popular music like Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkle (OK, maybe not so popular now, but whatevs, it was popular when I was a kid), as a garnish on some cocktails, in various arts and crafts projects, and you find the essential oil in health food, new age, and online stores. It really gets around.
So where does it come from? Given its heavy use in Mediterranean cooking it’ll come as no surprise that it hails from the… wait for it… Mediterranean area. It’s an evergreen shrub that flowers during spring and summer in white, pink, purple, or blue. In very warm climates it can bloom all year long. It’s also drought and pest resistant which makes it popular in xeriscape landscaping. Like other evergreen bushes, it can be pruned into low hedges or ornamental topiary. Apparently it’s not only versatile after it’s harvested, but while it’s growing as well.
Rosemary essential oil is sometimes mistaken for eucalyptus and both are amazing for respiratory ailments like congestion and bronchitis. But it’s good for much more than that. Check it out these ways to use it:
When using Rosemary, please keep in mind that it is a potential neurotoxin, so:
Any of the oils that contain cineole or camphor (that recognizable rosemary, camphor, or eucalyptus-y smell) will blend fabulously with rosemary. Other oils you may want to try are:
Here are a few interesting tidbits: