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This is a very popular herb to grow for culinary purposes. It’s great with several chicken dishes. It’s a strong taste and the smell is exhilarating.

It has several benefits other than culinary though.

Rosemary is often used for colds and sore throats. Because of its bitter taste, it can also be used as a tea 15-20 minutes before eating to aid in digestion. I don’t personally use rosemary by itself when I have a cold. I normally mix it with other herbs with similar and stronger benefits. The smell itself is very comforting and anything to boost morale when you’re ill is important as well. Illnesses are easier to get through if your spirit is at least a little less than foul.

Rosemary is awesome for hair. In our house, our shampoos normally have SOME rosemary in it, along with tea tree. Rosemary helps with an itchy scalp and improves circulation. This is great for hair follicles because the blood supply is needed to actually keep the hair not only healthy, but keep the hair period. If there’s not enough blood there, the hair will fall out. It also aids in premature greying. I have personally been growing grey since I was 23. Before I began actually dying my whole head I did use several herbal rinses that included rosemary. It is effective. I stopped because I was blond and wanted to be a redhead. I use henna for that, but that’s another topic.

Its abilities on memory are what got me hooked on rosemary though (other than the amazing flavor). I’m a teacher and I have this going in my diffuser during longer than 10 minute lectures.

And bees love the blooms. I love providing enough plants for our bees. It’s so easy to grow and you can easily clip a branch or two to share with a friend.

Want to see what herbs we have in our garden? Take a look here.

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