(*) By the way, if you are interested in deepening your relationship with rosemary (and other plants), I strongly recommend working with Darcey Blue of Shamana Flora. She has some great stuff on rosemary.
It acts as a stimulant for the blood circulation. It will make you feel warm and is loved in massage oil by sportsmen to warm up their muscles. It often gives relief to people with rheumatic complaints.
Hungary water, an alcohol-based rosemary extract, was even the first perfume in Europe. It remained popular for many centuries. And because its main ingredient was rosemary, it wasn't just used as a fancy scent. It is often referred to as a life saver of the sickly Queen in those times. And not only her.
Rosemary makes you awake and it stimulates the memory, and don't we all need a reminder sometimes? I love rosemary for that. But not only that.
Rosemary and lemon are an exquisite flavour combination. I love to cook with preserved lemons and rosemary, I sometimes steep a sprig of rosemary in home made lemonade, and another favourite recipe is this rosemary tea/tisane. I love how it lifts me up on days when there is a lot of work waiting to be done. And how it warms me on chilly spring mornings.
- zest of 1 lemon
- 3 to 5 black peppercorns, crushed
- a sprig of rosemary, crushed
- 1 cup hot water
- lemon juice to taste
Combine lemon zest, pepper, rosemary in a cup. Pour over hot water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice to taste and drink. Now close your eyes.
Do you hear the seagulls?
There’s rosemary and rue. These keep
Seeming and savor all the winter long.
Grace and remembrance be to you.
- William Shakespeare (Winter’s Tale)