Rosemary, Arp, Rosmarinus officinalis
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Tender perennial that can be enjoyed for several years by implementing my tricks. Pot your rosemary in a larger pot, but not too large that it looks ridiculous, first year could be placed in a 6” pot. Bury the pot in a sunny place to let the rosemary thrive all summer. Rosemary needs full sun and constant moisture, but not sitting in water. In the fall, before a hard frost, lift out pot and let acclimate to being out of the ground, then harvest some of plant to dry and maintain a shape of beauty. Move to a sunny spot indoors. This should be watered twice a week, because by the time it wilts, it will be too late. Do not over or under water. In the spring, trim to encourage growth and beauty. Pot into a larger size pot and plant potted rosemary in the ground. Repeat as stated above. I have had rosemaries live to 10-15 years with this method.
PART USED: the leaves. The stems have been used as sticks for shish-ka-bobs.
FUNCTION: Used for flavor and to aid healthy digestion, but is a powerhouse of phytochemicals to maintain a healthy inflammatory response, and is a tonic to the circulatory and nervous system. It is wonderful in cooking, beverages and topically, especially in baths for a gentle stimulating treatment. I like any left over tea to use as a hair rinse, too.