The Many Benefits of Rosemary
The rosemary plant is a versatile herb, houseplant, and evergreen landscape shrub. Though rosemary is most commonly known as a food seasoning, it is also one of the most popular aromatic and medicinal plants around the world.
Rosemary is aesthetically pleasing as both a houseplant and landscaping plant. As an added bonus, rosemary is pet friendly and very easy to care for.
If you choose to grow rosemary in or around your home as a houseplant or herb, you will be excited to know that it is fairly low maintenance. This plant needs well drained soil and lots of sunlight. It will need about 6-8 hours of full sun per day, so be sure to place it in an area where it will receive bright direct light. Rosemary thrives in warm humid conditions, so it will need to be brought inside if the temperature starts to dip below 30°F.
If you have pets at home you don’t need to worry about them getting into your rosemary plant. All parts of the plant are non toxic to animals even if ingested. Some pet bakeries are even using rosemary as an added flavor to their treats!
Not only is rosemary a savory herb, but it is also a beautiful ornamental plant. It is an aesthetically pleasing evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and brilliant blue flowers that bloom in the summer. Rosemary can act as an added texture to your landscape and looks delightful in containers as a houseplant. In fact, rosemary is a trendy choice for the wildly popular farmhouse interior design style.
Rosemary is also a favorite aromatic fragrance. It gives off a pleasant herbaceous and woody essence. You will often find rosemary paired with citrus or floral in scented candles and essential oils. Not only does it smell lovely, but there are benefits to its scent. The herb has been used in aromatherapy for many years due to its ability to boost mood, alertness, focus, and improve cognitive brain function. It acts as a stress reliever for those with anxiety or stress hormone imbalances.
The most common way to use rosemary is for cooking. It is a flavorful herb with a unique pine-like taste. You will also find it has notes of evergreen, citrus, lavender, pepper, mint, and sage. Rosemary tastes great paired with poultry, beef, fish, vegetables, beans, grains, rice, cheese, eggs, and can even be used to infuse butters and oils.
One of the best things about rosemary is that it tastes great and it’s good for you. Fresh rosemary is a good source of iron, while dried rosemary is a good source of calcium and fiber. Rosemary has a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These are proven to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.
As you can see, rosemary is a jack of all trades with many benefits!