Rosemary is a herb that has been used for thousands of years for medicinal, spiritual and culinary purposes. The uses have ranged from a source of protection in the Middle Ages, to a token of friendship in weddings, to the more modern use in cooking and aromatherapy oils. Rosemary can be grown easily at home, indoors or outdoors.
Enhance the flavor of just about anything you cook with rosemary. It is paired ideally with sweet flavors, such as fruit, tomatoes, and is used as a sugar substitute.
Add rosemary to stews, potato dishes, vegetable dishes (such as carrots, parsnips, and other mild vegetables) and roasted meat. Rosemary is good tossed on the grill or baked with fish, veal, pork or poultry.
Incorporate rosemary with other herbs, such as thyme, chives and parsley, to create layered flavor combinations.
Use the woody stems of rosemary as skewers. Hold the rosemary stem downward and strip the leaves off with your fingers. The rosemary stems will lend its flavor to the food as it cooks.
Make rosemary butter by combining 1/2 cup of butter with 2 tsp. of finely chopped rosemary. Use the butter on breads, baked potatoes or with meats.
Preserve rosemary branches in the freezer in a plastic storage bag for use whenever you need it.
Add rosemary to facial cleansers to stimulate circulation. Add 1 tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves to 2 cups of boiling water. Strain the rosemary water, and add it to your facial cleanser in small amounts.
Create a body wash by simmering a handful of dried rosemary leaves in 2 cups of white wine for about a half hour. Strain and transfer the liquid to a storage container. Use in the shower as needed.