breathe it & drink it! two medicinal uses for rosemary…just add hot water

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Home | 24 Comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We finally got the rain we so desperately needed due to ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie which left a path of destruction throughout North Queensland on Tuesday. The cyclone had weakened by the time it reached Brisbane yesterday but brought full-on rain, strong winds and flash-flooding with it. Schools and businesses were closed and we were told to stay at home. I wasn’t going to argue with that. The joys of living on one big desert, we either flood or drought. Cyclone Debbie continues to reck havoc as she moves further south. My thoughts are with those affected.

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I could give the Bureau of Meteorology a run for its money with predicting rain. I feel it in my waters. About two days before rain, I always get these weird ‘rain pains.’ THEN, before a huge amount of rain hits, I get bad allergies the day before. I am complex woman. So how does this relate to rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)? If you have allergies, a cold or chest congestion, get some relief by boiling water and pouring it in your sink or a large heat proof bowl then add two tablespoons of fresh rosemary. Rosemary is a natural antiseptic that helps open nasal passages (and just smells nice anyway). Put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl to trap the steam and breathe in the vapours. I have done this countless times and it works to clear my head.

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We all know that rosemary tastes fantastic in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes…but did you know about the amazing health benefits? Rosemary can reduce inflammation, boost memory, improve mood, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, prevent bacterial infections and aid healing for skin conditions. However, we don’t tend to eat it in large quantities so try drinking it! I grow rosemary all over my garden so I love nipping outside to grab a few sprigs to make tea. Besides being delicious, drinking rosemary tea gives you a more concentrated hit to help fight inflammation and promote healthy skin and hair. You won’t turn back.

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R O S E M A R Y   &   H O N E Y   T E A

:: serves one

1 big tsp raw organic honey
1 sprig of fresh rosemary (approx 22cm long)
1 cup boiling water

Remove the leaves from the stem by running your hand down the stem in the opposite direction to how the leaves grow up. Tear and rub the leaves up a bit to get the oils going and place in a tea infuser. Boil the water then pour in a cup with the honey and add the infuser. Infuse for about 10 minutes to get the flavour going. Add more honey if you feel the need.

 

24 Comments

  1. Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    April 1, 2017

    Glad you were not flooded or of your home. I used to have a huge rosemary bush in my garden but swapped it out for an indigenous variety which is not as potent.

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    • lostinutensils
      April 1, 2017

      Ooohhh that sounds interesting Tandy! Rosemary can certainly be potent. I love it when people grow plants specific to their needs.

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    April 1, 2017

    Ooh I need that right now. We’re both under the weather. I was making a drink with turmeric, ginger and tamarind. I bet rosemary would be great too!

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    • lostinutensils
      April 1, 2017

      It will help Lorraine but your turmeric, ginger and tamarind would definitely cure whatever ails you 👍🏻 Hope you improve quickly!

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  3. Sam Rutherford
    April 2, 2017

    I have never tried rosemary tea before, I think it would have a nice but unusual flavour. So nice with honey though. Everything is good with honey!

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    • lostinutensils
      April 2, 2017

      Rosemary tea has such a beautiful flavour Sam especially with the addition of honey. I drink herbal teas all the time (particularly from my garden) and this is one of my favourites, hands down!

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  4. Sherry m
    April 3, 2017

    Now that’s one thing the scrub turkeys haven’t destroyed- the rosemary bush in the back yard. I must try a bit of heavy breathing as per your suggestion Jem:). We did lose a tree during the rains so will have to go home and sort it out later this week when we get home. So sad for the flood victims. Have a good month. 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      April 3, 2017

      Thanks Sherry, I’m glad to hear the scrub turkeys left the rosemary alone. I’m sorry to hear about your tree. The devastation of the floods just continues, it has been very sad.

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  5. Function 9
    April 3, 2017

    Northey St honey is the best around!

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    • lostinutensils
      April 3, 2017

      I know! It certainly is. I’m very lucky that it’s my sometimes workplace. Nothing more local than picking up honey from work and helping with the harvesting. They harvest every Wednesday from the roof top.

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  6. Cathy @ Cathy's Corner
    April 7, 2017

    I didn’t know rosemary had so many health benefits. Could you also use dried rosemary if you didn’t have fresh on hand?

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    • lostinutensils
      April 9, 2017

      I know Cathy, it’s pretty amazing! You can definitely use dried rosemary for the tea. Try about a teaspoon of it and see how you go 🙂

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  7. Ngeun
    April 10, 2017

    This sounds like one delicious tea/brew! Got to try it. I’ve always enjoyed the smell of rosemary, it’s one cool plant. Like your tea set. Debbie looked nasty, glad yous are ok.

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    • lostinutensils
      April 11, 2017

      It was a nasty one Ngeun particularly with the floods. Rosemary is one of the coolest plants. I think it can get a bit over looked as it pairs well with certain savoury flavours but there is so much more to it.

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  8. sibaritismosdeinma
    April 12, 2017

    que chulo, yo nunca lo he hecho

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  9. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    April 14, 2017

    You get rain pains, I wiiiiiiish I spoke to you 2 days before the cyclone hit us, not sure I would have stayed if I knew it would be as destructive and scary as it was. I am in Airlie Beach with Mom and Little Chef, and my beautiful island home of Daydream Island was absolutely decimated so I am now without a job too. But I have found I am a part of a wonderful and very giving community so cannot complain at all. I know I need some of this incredible tea in my life, thanks lovely. 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      April 14, 2017

      Anna I am sending you and your family (and everyone else affected) massive positive vibes at the moment. It must be horrific when you are in the middle of the cyclone destruction. Everyone else can forget once the news coverage dies down but it can take years to recover. Much love to you x

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  10. Ruby & Cake
    April 14, 2017

    We have always grown rosemary but mostly for drying and cooking! I have put it in cakes and made lemonade with it but never though to put it in tea – definetly trying this today though! What a great post and all the things rosemary can do for you that i never even knew about!!

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    • lostinutensils
      April 14, 2017

      Ooohhh, you’ve made lemonade with it? That sounds amazing Ruby! It really is a hidden gem. Besides the health benefits, rosemary tea is just a delicious cuppa 😄

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  11. emma
    April 16, 2017

    I love fresh rosemary and always incorporate it into colder weather cooking. But, your lovely tea sounds perfect for me, someone who has hay fever year round.
    I suffer allergy symptoms in overcast, muggy weather too, it’s so weird and annoying!
    Thanks Jem 🙂 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      April 16, 2017

      I’m exactly like that as well Emma. It is SO annoying. Do try this…I also know that you love your teas 😄

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  12. All That I'm Eating
    April 21, 2017

    What a great idea – I’ll definitely be trying this!

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