The Confessions of a herbalist

Teasel at Cuckmere

Rosemary, “dew of the sea”. Revered as a governor of the heart alongside being a carminative, pain reliever, antidepressant, digestive, diuretic and tonic, treasured by travellers, herbalists and those in the know.

Rosemary is primarily a Mediterranean herb, an evergreen shrub, easy to grow in a sunny place in your garden. People often ask how can a herb do one thing and at the same time do another. Truly this is the wonders of herbs.

The following recipes are for those who open themselves to this journey. Whether it is you are making toast or teacakes or feeding a blackbird on the wall, it is all in the art of making that creates your own recipes. These are some that I have tried and can recommend.

Some simple Recipes
1.‘Simple’ & simply make a cup of rosemary tea .
Method – Pick one small sprig of rosemary, place in to a cup of hot water, cover and leave to steep for 3-4 minutes – sip the essence of the garden – the experience will be different for each one of you.
Sometimes I just chew one leaf which perks me up.

2. Bathing inside and outside: both day and night, watching stars and insects dart their ways, and blackbirds sing high in trees – – I have an old movable tin bath so can highly recommend this.
Method – add 4 to 5 large sprigs of rosemary to your bath and leave it to infuse to all senses.

3. For disturbed and wakeful nights: Method – go to a rosemary bush when you wake and pick a sprig take it back to your room, hold it or put it under your pillow ( I found this recipe in an early 16thCentuary herbal) amazingly it works.

“so- in the quiet of nothing ……nothing kept quiet …. where and how shall we begin” would be my first choice.
Practical emotions are very good and can contain energy that have led me to many places full of advice & honesty, but the governance of above, below and beyond however has set itself simply “ as it is so it shall be” . and therefore Rosemary grows and overflows outside my kitchen door. (you will find rosemary growing evergreen everywhere in many gardens.“A foot and light hearted I take to the open road , healthy free the world before me”- Walt Whitman

Categories News | Tags: , | Posted on January 10, 2011

1 Comment

  1. by Bryan

    On June 15, 2012

    I really enjoy reading about traditional hebalism, and especially like finding out about and using herbs that taken for granted because they are common (like Rosemary). Rosemary in use for sleep problems I have not known about, I have used lavender in the past. I am fortunate to have an ancient Rosemary bush in my garden, and so I shall endeavor to try out some of the herbal wisdom shared here.

    Thank you kindly.

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