Rosemary is usually bought as a dried herb. The scientific term for the plant is Rosmarinus officinalis, a Latin name literally meaning 'dew of the sea'. The Rosemary shrub is usually fairly small but has been known to reach heights of up to 5 feet. Belonging to the mint family, it grows in abundance throughout the Mediterranean, where it is a native plant. It is characterized by its intense, aromatic scent that seeps out of the plants pale blue flowers and spiky, dark green leaves.
Rosemary has been around for centuries and is easily one of the oldest and most world-renovated herbs. It is a very handy herb to have and has a number of different uses – whether for its medicinal properties, its scent or taste, rosemary is a fine addition to your herb garden. If that was not enough, it is also lovely used as decoration and will be a great focal point when planed amongst other herbs or vegetables.
Many people have turned to drinking Rosemary tea for its health benefits. Rosemary tea is a natural antioxidant and diuretic, eliminating harmful toxins from the liver and help prevent water retention. Aside from these benefits, rosemary tea also has the following effects:
It is a natural stimulant so can stimulate blood flow to the brain and allow the brain to work at optimal levels. It has a calming effect – relieving stress, anxiety, muscle tension and some digestive problems such as indigestion. It can improve digestive function. Helps to prevent obesity, liver diseases, asthma and gastritis. Relieves minor complaints such as headaches and common colds.
So how can you make rosemary a part of your herb garden? It requires three essentials that our planet provides naturally – the sun, air and water. When purchasing rosemary for the garden it might be best to buy them as stem cuttings as opposed to seeds as this is a relatively slow herb to begin sprouting.
Rosemary flourishes when it gets about four hours of full sunlight a day. If you do not think your garden can supply this amount of sunlight, there's no need to panic! Rosemary is a pretty tough shrub and can grow perfectly well in semi-shaded areas. Keep this in mind when choosing where to position your shrub.
It has been said that Rosemary thrives on negligence – but not that it is in anyway recommended. It is a herb that does not demand much attention, using a slow-release organic fertilizer once a year will be more than adequate to keep your Rosemary plants healthy. Remember to go easy when watering; Rosemary does not need a lot of water.
Appropriately enough given its Mediterranean roots, Rosemary plants prefers a light, somewhat sandy soil and can survive through a daught.
If at any time you wish to replant your Rosemary shrub, take care with the roots so as not to disturb them – this is the one thing that can seriously damage this herb.
Once you're ready to start harvesting the leaves to brew some tea, just remember that this is a very pungent herb and you will not need a lot of it. One teaspoon of the discharged leaves added to a cup of boiling water is more than enough. Any leftovers can be stored away in plastic sandwich bags or closed containers and placed in your fridge.
A word of warning for pregnant or lactating women, it is not advisable to drink Rosemary as a tea but it can be used sparingly in cooking.[ad_2]
Source by Nova Person