Rosemary, How I’ve Missed You

One of the things I’ve missed quite  bit during our six month stay, thus far, in NYC, is the abundance of herbs and spices that grow au natural right outside our door of our home in LA. Being back home now, I can’t tell you how much I relish the delicious smell of rosemary, jasmine and eucalyptus that waft through the air when I walk out into the yard. In particular, I’ve missed being able to open the kitchen door, snap off a brand of rosemary and throw it into whatever culinary preparation I may have decided to embark upon at any given meal. Stuffed under the skin of a pastured chicken, added to a tray of yams I’ll bake with coconut oil and garlic to prepare for a long weekend of training or even added to a bouquet of wild flowers are just a few ways I like to use this aromatic shrub. Did you know it also had therapeutic properties, as do most herbs and spices?

  • Herbal Bath or Soak
  • Essential Oil
  • Salve, Ointment or Balm
  • Liniment
  • Bug Repellent Spray
  • Infusion (herbal “tea”)

It’s also said to improve the memory. From a landscaping perspective, it is drought tolerant,  easy to grow and pest-resistant. Rosemary can grow quite large and retain attractiveness for many years, can be pruned into formal shapes and low hedges and is easily grown in pots. It tends to spread widely, with a dense and durable texture. Add some to your garden today if you’re in the proper climate.  It’s an easy thing to grow even for someone without a green thumb (that would be me!)