Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb like many herbs in the garden and though they are perennials, they may need winter protection in Northern climates. Planting along a South facing exposure will help keep it from freezing in very cold temperatures. Rosemary can be grown in containers, but must be planted in wide, deep containers to grow at its best. Keep the plants moderately watered, they do not like soggy soil.
Rosemary is well know for as the *memory* plant and is used as therapy for memory loss. But it is also good for resisting unwanted insects. Infusions and Tinctures of Rosemary can be made into sprays to use as a natural remedy against insects. Planted near a patio or deck, will help keep the insects at a distance.
Oils of Rosemary are used in soaps, perfumes and lotions, but it also has healing benefits and is used for stomach issues and in treating headaches, gout and coughs.
Used in moderation there are few side effects. However those individuals with bleeding disorders should not use. Pregnant or lactating females should not use.
Always consult your primary physician before using any herbs. Natural does not always mean safe for all individuals. Herbs should always be used in moderation.
Servings: 1 gallon
4- Rosemary Sprigs
4-6 Tea Bags
1 Lemon (sliced)
1 Gallon Water
Cut the fresh Rosemary, remove any blemished leaves, wash and shake out the water. Lightly bruise the leaves for the strongest flavor. Place the leaves in a gallon of water with the tea bags. Allow to steep in the sun for 4-6 hours. Remove the Rosemary Sprigs and Tea bags. Chill and add thin slices of lemon to the serving glass.
To Make Rosemary Sweet Tea, make a simple syrup of 1 cup water to 1 cup sugar. bring to a boil on medium heat. and stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool. Add to the gallon of Solar tea. Always adjust sweetness to your own taste.
NOTE: Do not discard the rosemary sprig, you can use it to add flavor to meat or salad or chop it up and give to the chickens in small quantity, or allow it to dry and use as flavoring for seasoning mix or in a potpourri mixture.
REUSE: Do not discard the tea bag. Remove the string and label, then toss into a container of plants. When you water, the tannic acid and other nutrients will add elements to the soil in a slow release method.
The tea bags and herbs can be composted, though some tea bags may not be biodegradable. You can cut the tea bag and deposit just the tea leaves into compost.
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