Rosmarinus officinalis, or rosemary, is an evergreen shrub and part of the lamiaceae or labiatae family. In the wild rosemary bushes grow near the sea in dry and rocky places. While it is an evergreen, rosemary flowers from March-October.
Most commonly known as a cooking herb, rosemary also has a long history as a domestic remedy. A tonic brewed with the herb can be used as a ‘pick-me-up’ to counter feelings of depression and anxiety. An infusion made with the flowering stems is useful as a steam - helping alleviate symptoms of colds and headaches. Additionally an essential oil made from the leaves can be rubbed on the temples to treat headaches or taken to treat the stomach or the nervous system. The young shoots, leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. Of course, the leaves are frequently used as a flavouring agent. A tea can also be made with fresh or dried leaves. An infusion of the leaves and flowers is also useful as a hair wash, particularly when combined with borax.