Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Rosemary
Rosemary can be used to improve your well-being as it is has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. A rosemary tea can be drank to help with digestion and flatulence and it is also a tonic. Rosemary is used for coughs and colds and as a gargle for sore throats. It is also used to help with headaches and depression. Externally rosemary can be found in ointments for bruises or sores and skin conditions such as eczema. Rosemary is also used to help prevent dandruff and promote hair growth. An infusion of rosemary makes an excellent hair rinse, gradually covering gray hair, and adding strength and shine to any color hair.
Planetary Connection: The sun
Common Names: Anthos, Biberiye, Dew Of The Sea, Mannen-Ro, Romarin, Romero
Powers: Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth
Rosemary is used to cleanse negative energy, to purify and to protect. You can use incense or burn some of the herb or create a magick wand from a stick of rosemary. You could use a smudge stick to cleanse your home or sprinkle some crushed rosemary in the corners of your room or hang a sprig by your front door. Rosemary is a good herb to use when meditating as it can offer both protection and enhanced clarity. You could also put some rosemary in a sachet and hang under the running water of your bath taps. Another magickal use for rosemary is for matters of love and friendship. Rosemary was traditionally used at weddings as a symbol of fidelity. It is believed that putting some under your pillow can attract dreams of your future lover or you could tie a few sprigs with a red ribbon and then hang them by the door of your home to attract love. Rosemary is also used to help with fertility and you could place some under your mattress.
Cooking of Course
Rosemary Lemon Jelly
- 10 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 box (6 oz.) liquid pectin
- 4 cups apple juice
- 4 large lemons
- 12 stems (2-inch) fresh rosemary
- 12 8 oz canning jars and lids
- Peel all four lemons using a sharp knife or peeler, remove any white pith from peel. Cut peel into fine strips and set aside. Cut lemons in half and remove seeds.
- On low heat steep apple juice and lemons for 15 minutes.
- Put 1 stem of rosemary in each jar. Press lemons several times with a large spoon to get juice and full flavor. Remove lemon halves taking care to strain all juice into pot.
- Add lemon peel to apple juice and slowly heat to a low boil. When apple juice starts to boil, add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Slowly bring juice mixture to a rolling boil and watch very closely as it will boil over. Boil 1 minute and reduce heat.
- Add 6 ounces of liquid pectin, stir and reheat to a boil. Continue to watch closely and boil 1 minute.
- Fill a large covered pot with 1 1/2 inches of water and heat.
- Skim any foam off top of jelly. Carefully fill each jar stopping 1/2 inch from top using a small funnel if available. Wipe rim of each jar to remove any dripped jelly.
- Place a lid and ring on each jar. Put jars into pot of water (depending on size of the pot) and cover. Bring water to a boil and continue to boil five minutes. Remove those jars and process remaining jars in same way. [Make 12 8 oz jars]