Thursday, 31 May 2012

Ten uses for the herb rosemary

We have some well established rosemary bushes growing but we are not using as much as we should. So we thought it would be useful to make a list of its many uses. A list which will remind us what we should be using our rosemary for.

1.   Make a rosemary mouthwash -

2.   Use a disinfectant - simmer leaves and stems of rosemary, sage and lavender in just sufficient water to cover for 25 minutes. Once cool, strain, bottle and use to wipe over sinks, toilets and baths to provide a fresh scent.

3.   Make flavoured oil or vinegar, infuse rosemary in a bottle of olive oil or vinegar, for 6-8 weeks, to flavour .

4.   Add rosemary flowers to sorbets or dressings to add a mild rosemary flavour.

5.   Make rosemary tea which is said to be good for digestive problems.

6.   Soak and use tougher stems for BBQ skewers

7  . Make an infusion with two tablespoons of dried rosemary added to one cup of boiling water. Leave for      ten minutes and use as a hair tonic, after shampooing, to help treat dandruff.

8.   Add to roasting vegetables, rice, pizzas, fish, lamb, chicken and when baking bread.

9.   Add to a hot bath to aid aches and muscle fatigue.

10. Add to soups and stews.


  1. If you have crickets that like to sing really loud all night right outside your bedroom window, take some rosemary clippings a good amount and put it on the ground under the window areas. Just leave it. Ya it browns etc but it keeps working a long time before you need to cut new.

    I was at my wits end with the crickets :O). Then I thought I have all these rosemary bushes and rosemary deters bugs... worked like a charm no more crickets screeching all night at my bedroom window.. No harm to them and I can sleep.

    I also use it in my compost pail in the kitchen. Those annoying little gnats that just love compost pails. Each time I empty it, I wash it out then cut a few pieces of rosemary and drop it in the pail. Poof no more gnats. My pail has a lid and filter on it but the gnats came anyway. The rosemary solved that problem.

  2. Thanks for the comment Texan and we will use your suggestion of adding some rosemary to the kitchen compost bin.