Herbal History Herbal History
Herbs for Beginners Cooking with Herbs

Garden Herbs


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).—A hardy evergreen shrub easily grown from seed, the leaves of which are used for making Rosemary tea for relieving headache. An essential oil is also obtained by distillation. A dry, warm, sunny border suits the plant. Sow in April and May.

The evergreen leaves of this shrubby herb are about 1 inch long, linear, revolute, dark green above and paler and glandular beneath,

with an odor pungently aromatic and somewhat camphoraceous. The flowers are small and pale blue. Much of the active volatile principle resides in their calyces. There are silver and goldstriped varieties, but the green-leaved variety is the kind used medicinally.

Rosemary is propagated by seeds, cuttings and layers, and division of roots.

  • Seeds may be sown upon a warm, sunny border.

  • Cuttings, taken in August, 6 inches long, and dibbled into a shady border, two-thirds of their length in the ground, under a hand-glass, will root and be ready for transplanting into permanent quarters the following autumn.

  • Layering may be readily accomplished in summer by pegging some of the lower branches under a little sandy soil.

Rosemary succeeds best in a light, rather dry soil, and in a sheltered situation, such as the base of a low wall with a south aspect. On a chalk soil it grows smaller, but is more fragrant. The silver- and gold-striped kinds are not quite so hardy.

The leaves can be harvested any time. Harvest no more than you can use fresh, as they loose most of their flavor when dried.

It is outstanding with lamb or chicken, great with baked potato spears, and makes a refreshing summer drink. Rosemary has other uses as well—as a Christmas decoration, potpourri or moth repellent ingredient, or in aromatherapy (its scent is thought to be stimulating.

The oil of Rosemary is used in perfumes and cosmetics. It has also been used as a moth repellent.

Sprigs of rosemary were placed under pillows at night to ward off evil spirits and bad dreams. The wood was used to make lutes and other musical instruments.

Garden Herbs

  History of Herbs
  Herb Gardening
  Herbs for Beginners
  Drying & Preserving Herbs
  Indoor Herb Gardening
  Herb Garden Hints & Tips

Herbal Cooking

  Herb Chart
  Using Herbs
  Culinary Herbs
  Herb Oil and Vinegar
  Herb Teas
  Herb Candy
  Herb Jelly

Herb Simples

  Alphabetical Listing

Trade Recipes Online
Share your Recipes with others!!



Copyright 2005- Garden Herbs