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Rosemary: Uses for the Kitchen and Bedroom

Updated on September 2, 2017
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This perennial and woody herb, also sometimes called athos, has its cultural roots all the way back to the Virgin Mary. Her cloak is said to have transformed a bush with white flowers into the now very famous culinary spice and landscaping shrub. This evergreen plant is also said to help improve cardiovascular health among countless other things. Here are just a few facts about rosemary that hopefully will encourage you to try it out in your garden.

Rosemary as massage oil
Rosemary as massage oil

Rosemary's Baby

Pop culture is a huge factor in today's society, for those who are not into gardening, check out Rosemary's Baby. It is considered one of the scariest movies of all time.
Pop culture is a huge factor in today's society, for those who are not into gardening, check out Rosemary's Baby. It is considered one of the scariest movies of all time.

Secret Tip

A secret tip to help keep your rosemary happy and healthy, since its latin name translates to "dew of the sea".... is to make a diluted seaweed spray for its leaves
A secret tip to help keep your rosemary happy and healthy, since its latin name translates to "dew of the sea".... is to make a diluted seaweed spray for its leaves | Source

Facts and Uses

A popular trend among those who want to get more nutrition and vitamins is to use wholesome types of herbs in cooking and taken as a tea infusion. And the versatility of this particular plant, since it has an equal indoor/outdoor survival rate, makes rosemary a perfect choice, because it does not require extreme care and it has so many benefits such as :

  • Culinary Spice: The flavor that it can add to certain recipes have it made it a staple in many chefs cupboard, since it is an evergreen, you can snip from it year round to use it fresh or to store away to dry out
  • Essential Vitamins: Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin B6, so not only does it add flavor, but highly needed nutrition as well so its a a win win to throw it in some pasta.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Plant: it will simply be a small version of one planted in the ground. It also is very beautiful and sturdy when planted as a shrub outdoors. Landscapers also use it frequently in their work because it is drought tolerant and attractive, and since many varieties are tall, they work wonderful as shrubbery walls.

Dedicated Portrait

Portrait done with traditional flowers to honor the woman's name, Rosemary
Portrait done with traditional flowers to honor the woman's name, Rosemary | Source

Memory Enhancement

Rosemary has been known to help develop efficient memory and general brain function since Ancient Greece, where students used to weave it through their hair braids to help them with their studies. It has since also been shown to help with cellular stimulation, and can even improve depression.

Rosemary Flower Close Up

A close up of a blooming flower of rosemary
A close up of a blooming flower of rosemary
Picture of deity from a period of religion that believed Rosemary to have magical powers
Picture of deity from a period of religion that believed Rosemary to have magical powers

History of Rosemary and Varieties

The Latin name of all types of this plant is Rosmarinus Officinalis. This roughly translates to “dew of the sea”. It grows wild in the Mediterranean and is so ancient that it is referenced in certain religions to be the herb of gods and goddesses. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Some popular varieties that gardeners favor include-

  • ‘Tuscan Blue’ 4-6 feet tall variety with lavender blue beauties that bloom during the late winter thru spring. Since it is so large, it does best outdoors.
  • ‘Majorica Pink’ a more open and scrubby variety with lavender pink flowers that bloom during winter and spring.
  • ‘Albus’ 3 feet tall variety with dark green leaves and instead of the traditional lavender hues, this one has white flowers.
  • 'Golden Rain' is an interesting variety that has green leaves, but with yellow streaks as well

How Rosemary Can Improve Your Sex Life

One of the ways that couples seek to reduce stress and anxiety is through sex. Eating straight rosemary is said to have anxiety relieving properties on top of these added benefits to try out in the bedroom:

  • The stimulant properties from the oil of the rosemary plant are said to have an alternating warm and cool sensation which can entice some erotic feelings as well. It can work very well if used as a massage oil during foreplay
  • Direct Contact with the oil is not even necessary as the aroma is said to arouse a mans sexual desire, but the two parts combined can ease a man or woman into a state of pure pleasure.

Spittle Bug

Aww, this guy may be cute, but he is a spittle bug. He will literally spit all over your rosemary. But you can get rid of spittle bugs with a garlic spray insecticide,
Aww, this guy may be cute, but he is a spittle bug. He will literally spit all over your rosemary. But you can get rid of spittle bugs with a garlic spray insecticide,
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Rosemary Pests

Fortunately, rosemary does not have many pests. If you find any aphids munching on your leaves, spray them with water, insecticidal soap, or a neem oil solution if you want a more environment friendly option,
Fortunately, rosemary does not have many pests. If you find any aphids munching on your leaves, spray them with water, insecticidal soap, or a neem oil solution if you want a more environment friendly option,

Growing Tips

Rosemary is a Zone 8 perennial, which means it is cold hardy down to 10°. You may also grow it indoors in a container as well. Below these tips is a table to help you find out which hardiness zone you live in :

  • It is considered a shrub and can grow up to 6 feet tall, but remember to go easy on the fertilizer or your branches will turn brittle.

  • Does best in full sun, very well drained soil and a pH between 6 and 8.2.

  • Pests do not appear often if plant is healthy, but if they do, a strong spray of water, or some insecticidal soap will help. The simplest way to make it is to mix 1 tablespoon of soap to 1 quart of water, then put it in a spray bottle.
  • Another insecticidal option is to follow the instructions above, but add garlic puree and let sit 24 hours.
  • It can live for a long time if planted outdoors and is well-maintained/taken care of, so you can enjoy this fragrant and elegant shrub for many years to come.



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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 7 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks. My wife grows a lot of things in her garden, she will like this. Keep up the good work.

    • Mamerto profile image

      Mamerto I Relativo Jr 2 months ago from Cabuyao

      Now this is a helpful one. I'm no gardener but the article is informative.