The many benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is a fantastic plant to grow for your indoor or outdoor garden, and its so easy to propagate that anybody, and I mean anybody, can do it. The Rosemary plant is a very hardy plant. It’s originally from the Mediterranean and grows by the sea. Some believe it can survive just off the mist from the sea. I found it does very well with filtered water.

Rosemary’s scientific name is Rosmarinus officinalis, and this beautiful plant packs a bunch of benefits from garden ornamental to power herb. It has a woody stem which makes propagation so easy.

Start with fresh sprigs of Rosemary from your local farmers market. Strip off the bottom 1/3 of leaves (so you don’t get rot in the water), cut off the bottom of each stem about 1/2″ so it has a fresh start when you put it into the water.

Then, find an old clear glass bottle or container, glass works better than plastic as it lets in the light better and you can watch if the water is getting cloudy. Put your Rosemary into the water, filling to the top of the  stripped area. IMG_2387Then put the glass container in a sunny window. South facing light seems to work best from my experience.

In a few days you will see tiny white roots starting to grow. At no time should you see your leaves turning brown or the water getting cloudy. That means that piece is not growing, but is rotting. Remove that piece, change the water, add fresh water, and continue to watch the roots grow.

You can plant the rosemary inside or out, when the roots are longer then the stems of the sprigs. It grows really well indoors or out but likes moist, humid areas best. You can keep it near a shower, kitchen or just mist it every few days, keeping the soil just a tad moist. Remember this plant can grow in sand so it doesn’t need potting soil or compost, or lots of water for that matter.

Rosemary is an evergreen and will keep all year. Fresh rosemary is fantastic in all kinds of recipes. It’s also extremely beneficial when eaten or used as an essential oil.

Rosemary is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and has tremendous healing properties. It’s great to keep insects away, and even has anti-parasitic properties. It’s great when added to shampoo to help with dandruff, and can help with spider veins, as it stimulates circulation. This little plant is a powerhouse!

Try growing some Rosemary or cooking with it today. It smells great, looks great, and is an all around great plant!

Enjoy!

S

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