Top 5 uses for Rosemary

April 29, 2007

Rosemary bush

Many of you may have a thriving rosemary bush or two and be wondering what to do with it all, or you want to prune the bush but not throw away the prunings!  Here are a few ideas for you:

1.  Snip 5 to 6 long stems, attach with a rubber band and hang up to
dry.  Once dried, you can store them as they are if you have a tall
glass jar or remove the leaves and store them in a dark glass jar in a
cool place ready for use in cooking.

2.  Put the rosemary stems onto the barbecue; they give off a lovely
scent.  The same applies if you have a wood burning stove or open fire.

3.  Use an infusion in the final rinse of your hair wash; it should make your hair shine; best used if you have dark hair.

4.  Make some rosemary tea by infusing about a teaspoon of chopped
leaves in a cup filled with boiling water for 5 minutes.  The tea also makes
a good mouthwash and an antiseptic gargle.

5.  Add some mashed rosemary leaves to roast potatoes whilst they are cooking for the most delicious flavour.

If you can’t get enough of rosemary, then it is now the time to take softwood cuttings from it to propogate some more!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Moonwaves 04.30.07 at 6:25 pm

I’ve just started growing some herbs. I bought small plants from the garden centre as I couldn’t bear to wait for seeds to grow (although will be planting some seeds as well). I have everything in window boxes as I’m renting and am limited on space. I’d love to have more rosemary, is there anything to know about taking cuttings or do I just chop of a small branch (the whole plant is only four or five inches high so all branches small anyway) and plant it?

2 Madeleine 05.01.07 at 10:34 pm

I would normally take tip cuttings about 4 to 6 inches long, strip off the leaves from the lower 2 inches and put them in a smallish pot (about 4 inches in diameter) filled with soil mixed with sand because rosemary likes well drained soil. Leave it in a semi-shady place to start with,keeping the soil slightly moist; don’t overwater it and it should root.
Some people dip the base of the stem in hormone rooting powder, but it seems to work fine without it for me.

Another way is to layer it, that is if there is enough room in your window box. You just lay one of the lower branches onto the soil and bury the 2 to 3 inches of the stem that is towards the base of it, put a stone on top if necessary as well. It will root where the stem is buried, then you just cut it off and plant it elsewhere.

It sounds like your plant needs to get a bit more established first, but you could take a few cuttings if you want to depending on how bushy it is now.

Hope this makes sense and helps!

3 Maggie 06.03.07 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for the great tips! I heard your contribution on Emma’s podcast, and am happy to have found your blog.

Thanks also for the propagation tips (that was going to be my question until I read the comments). My rosemary sometimes will die in the winter freeze, so I am going to try rooting a few small plants and bringing them in for the winter.

4 Jeanne 06.17.08 at 12:37 am

Great tips – thanks. I have a large rosemary bush and want to try different uses for it (i.e. hair rinse, tea, etc.)

I just finished eating potatoes and rosemary: new potatoes from my garden, baked in tin foil with some fresh rosemary (also from my garden) and butter. YUMMY!! :-) :-)

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