DIY Homemade Rosemary Solutions
Apart from its role in the kitchen, rosemary has been central to numerous aspects of culture and history. During the Middle Ages, it was an important part of wedding ceremonies. It was used in divination and in witchcraft, and was alluded to in Hamlet and in Don Quixote. Today, rosemary serves countless culinary and cosmetic uses and can be found in most supermarket aisles and pantries. Try making these three rosemary products from your plants at home.
Who doesn’t love a good cup of tea? Try this herbal tea made with fresh rosemary. It’s wholesome, nutritious, and has a soothing flavor and aroma perfect for winding down.
What you will need:
- 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 to 2 cups of cold water
- A tea pot
- Natural sweetener like honey and stevia (optional)
Instructions for Making Your Rosemary Tea:
- Get some fresh rosemary sprigs from your plant and wash them.
- Boil the water.
- Pour the boiling water into the teapot containing the herbs. You might want to keep the leaves or needles on the stem so you won’t have to filter the tea later on.
- Let the rosemary steep in the teapot for at least three minutes. The longer you let it steep, the more nutritious but also the more bitter it becomes.
- Add some natural sweetener like stevia or honey to counteract the bitter taste.
Rosemary oil can be toxic when taken orally. Note that the tea is made by brewing the herb, not by mixing the oil with hot water. Don’t consume large amounts of rosemary tea if you are pregnant, diabetic, or hypertensive.
Rosemary Hair Rinse/Shampoo
Regular use of a rosemary hair rinse or shampoo will give you long, healthy locks and will free you from dandruff and hair loss. A rosemary hair treatment is so easy and inexpensive to make, and is a much safer alternative to chemical hair treatments you get at the salon.
What you will need:
- 4 to 6 rosemary sprigs
- A paper sack
- A rubber band
- A vacuum container or Ziploc bag
- A non-aluminum sauce pan or pot
- A glass jar
- Camphor oil/lemon juice/lavender oil
Instructions for making your rosemary hair rinse:
- Rinse the rosemary sprigs in cold water then dry using paper towels.
- Hold the stems together then remove the lower leaves.
- Put the bunch in the paper bag with the lower ends sticking out. Use the string or rubber band to tie the bag and stems together, sealing off the opening.
- Let the bundle hang in a dry room for two weeks. By this time the leaves should have dried up.
- Remove the leaves and place them in a Ziploc bag.
- Make a tea out of the leaves by boiling clean water in a saucepan or pot and then stirring the leaves into it. Let it steep for a few hours.
- Pour the tea into a glass jar. Keep it in the refrigerator. You are now ready to create your rosemary hair rinse or shampoo based on the kind of treatment your hair needs.
- If you have dandruff, get a cup of the rosemary tea and add 2 to 3 drops of camphor oil. Use a cotton ball to dab some of the mixture directly onto your scalp. Wait 30 minutes before rinsing.
For a refreshing and soothing sensation and scent, you can add some lemon juice and a few drops of lavender oil. Add some camphor oil and you have an all-natural shampoo.
Rosemary Foot Scrub
There’s nothing quite like a nice foot scrub at the end of a long workday. Prepare this rosemary foot scrub and keep it in a glass jar ready for when you need a relaxing end-of-the-day foot pampering at home.
What you will need:
- 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 ounce of sweet almond oil
- Half a cup of cornmeal
- A ceramic bowl
Instructions for making your rosemary scrub:
- In a ceramic bowl, mix all the oils together.
- Add the cornmeal gradually until you get the desired consistency and texture. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes a paste.
- Scrub away!
It makes your roasts taste phenomenal, your hair soft and shiny, and keeps your health in tip-top shape. And it’s a charming and beautiful addition to your garden or landscaping too. Plant some rosemary today and enjoy good food and good times.Share with friends!