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.
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.
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.
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.