Herbs for cooking & cosmetic: Rosemary

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  You can use herbs for so much more than cooking!  Carol Joyce is the Owner of White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick showed us how to use Rosemary in cooking & cosmetics.

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Rosemary Lemonade:

  • 5-10  sprigs rosemary
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 piece unpeeled ginger
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (at least 5 lemons)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • Ice
  • Vodka (alternative)

1. Put 1 ¾ c sugar in pan, add ginger cut into pieces, 2 sprigs rosemary, & 2.5 cups water. Stir over medium heat until reduced to a syrupy consistency.
2. Set aside for 20 minutes.
3. Strain into a 4 cup measuring container.
4. Add lemon juice. This is a lemon/ginger/rosemary concentrate that can be kept in refrigerator for up to a week.
5. Slice lemon thinly & then quarter.
6. Coat lemon in sugar.
7. Rub cocktail or lemonade glasses with lemon & twist in sugar.
8. Pour 2 oz concentrate into glass(es).
9. Add ice & water .
10. Garnish with a lemon slice & piece of rosemary for each glass.
11: Alternative: Add a jigger of vodka instead of water to cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Cooking ideas: Add fresh rosemary to pork, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, & in any oil to sauté chicken or turkey.

ROSEMARY Skin Cleanser for OILY Skin

  • 1 tsp dried ROSEMARY
  • Boiling Water
  • 1 tsp. Powdered Milk

1 Put rosemary in cup.
2. Pour boiling water over to cover (about 1 cup)
3. Cool to lukewarm
4. Using a wire whisk, add in the powdered milk.
5. Use a cotton ball to apply to face & gently wash skin with it.
6. Rinse with warm water & pat skin dry.
Note: this can keep in refrigerator for 1 week & works best on oily skin..

ROSEMARY Hair Thickener

  • 4 drops ROSEMARY essential oil
  • 1 TBSP organic Olive Oil

1 Put rosemary in a small cup.
2. Add Olive Oil & mix with a spoon.
3. Rub into scalp after washing hair. Towel dry.
Also add 10-20 drops of the same EO to your favorite shampoo to help aid in daily thickening of the hair shafts.