Winter is on the way! Welcome the changing seasons by creating healthy soups and stews with root vegetables. Shopping local helps lower the price from farm to table. Organic means you are choosing to say,” NO TO GMO!“. Squash, beets and parsnips are just a few examples of nutrient dense options during the harsh Canadian winter season. Adding a sprig of rosemary to family favorites quickly fills the house with a woodsy evergreen scent!
If you are not familiar with Rosemary or Rosmarinus Officinalis, it’s time to get schooled!
Rosemary has been used throughout history by many different civilizations. It is deeply rooted in Ayruvedic Medicine. Rosemary has adorned coffins in ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages. Speaking of history, this winter, pick a snow day and snuggle up with a classic tale from Shakespeare. Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet both reference the herb Rosemary.
- Carminative for its digestive healing
- Aromatic for the lovely smell
- Antiseptic for its cleaning and healing properties
- Rubefacient promotes circulation when applied externally
- Parasiticide for helping to kill parasites
- Anti-spasmodic helps with cramps
- Anti-depressant helps to enhance moods and alleviate depression
When life is chaotic, juggling tasks means health must be our top priority. To stay in balance, clarity is essential. I was looking for something to help me focus. I needed to quiet my self-created noise. I found Rosemary! It has been used successfully for centuries helping:
- Improve memory
- Increase mental clarity
- Decrease stress
- Ease depression
- Ease feeling anxious
- Lower blood pressure
In times of stress, our blood pressure rises creating a ‘fight or flight’ response. Today we aren’t being chased by wild animals BUT bills, school and work evoke the same automated response! A dab of Rosemary oil under the nose and on ear lobes quickly helps me prioritize. It’s a great wake up for fasted morning cardio! I use it before sitting down to study!
Next order of business is food! Cooking with Rosemary means good food, good mood and good digestion!
Realizing Rosemary is related to mint, it makes perfect sense how it works after eating! Rosemary helps to ease:
- Digestion issues
Rosemary is especially beneficial for individuals where stress is connected to digestive issues.
Rosemary may also aid:
- Liver and gall bladder issues
- High blood pressure
Applying rosemary oil externally helps stimulate the Central Nervous System by increasing blood flow. Improving circulation helps with many conditions. Take a holistic approach by massaging problem areas with rosemary oil. You just may be surprised at how effectively it helps:
- Sciatica pain
- Muscle pain
HAIR CARE deserves a special shout out!
As I said, rosemary is a key herb helping to stimulate blood flow. Improving circulation makes it a timeless remedy for:
- Premature baldness
- Thinning hair
Love Rosemary? Wild Mane Hair Oil is a beautiful all natural product by Sigrid Naturals. There is also Tidy Locks Styling Aid which is a wonderful hair helper for taming frizzies! All the products are Chemical free and made with love in Ontario. Flowers and herbs used in Sigrid Naturals are carefully chosen making each product perform without exposing us to harmful toxins.
Face creams and tonics containing rosemary have natural anti-fungal properties. They are great antiseptics and useful for pimples and eczema.
On a side note: Rosemary has also be used for toothaches and for those suffering from asthma.
Start the morning with rosemary and reap the benefits all day! Don’t stop there! Incorporate Rosemary in all parts of life! Create fabulous quick lunches or elaborate family meals!
- Chick peas with touch of olive oil and squeeze of lemon!
- Breads are fabulous dipped in garlic and rosemary infused oils
- Garnish rice and quinoa
- Roast vegetables with full sprigs or the leaves
- In salad dressing
Canada’s winter is bearable as long as you return home for soup! Since MER’S MOM is an official golf course goddess in Florida ALL winter, I set out alone to find the easiest soup recipe available!!
To be honest, I’m more the order in kind of girl! At the Vegan Toronto Food and Drink Festival this past summer, I fell in love with THE SOUP GIRL’S mason jar of sexy soup ingredients! All I have to do is throw it in a pot with water and cook!!! FYI: It’s the perfect holistic holiday gift!
Rosemary is not new! It’s not trendy! It’s a timeless herb that deserves to be on the table! We all get stuck in the familiar and even boring same foods day after day. Change it up! Rosemary is available in the produce aisle all year! After you realize or rediscover Rosemary, get ready to play in the dirt! It’s easy to grow….
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*Don’t forget: natural still may not work for you! Rosemary may have same result as aspirin for some. Be mindful that it may act as a blood thinner in large amounts. It also must be noted for those who suffer from seizures, rosemary may increase the risk. Always check before mixing anything with medications. Interactions can happen,*