Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Rosemary in bloom

Uses:  Culinary, Medicinal, Cosmetic, Massage Oil, Aromatherapy, Purifier, Love Potion

Parts Used:  Flowers, Leaves

Preparation:  Spice, Vinegar,  Tea, Tincture, Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Essential Oil,  Memory Enhancer, Incense


  • Symbolizes:   Wisdom, Love, Protection
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Remembrance
  • Associated with:  3rd Chakra
  • Element:  Fire
  • Governed:  Leo
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This rosemary plant has been a part of my family for a good 15 years.  It began as a small seedling in a pot that moved around with us.  Once planted at it’s current location it sprang to life in a new way.  Planted with protection in mind, it is located at the entrance to my home and also my business pathway.   Anyone walking towards either entrance-way faces this magnificent rosemary plant.

When cutting  branches and picking flowers for creating essential oils, tinctures, infused oils and vinegar’s, and drying for tea, I also lay branches along the front and side property lines to establish an intentional boundary.  I sense the energy of this rosemary plant as a protective mother and call her, “Mother,” however I have just read that this plant is male in nature.

Health & Wellness

The roots, leaves and berries are used for medicinal remedies and the flowers and the leaves are edible.  The wood has been used to make musical instruments!

Rosemary contains antibacterial and antioxidant,  rosmarinic acid, essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, and α-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.

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Some beneficial health constituents of Rosemary for you to consider getting fresh from your own plant and replacing processed capsules and pills are listed below. Your body will be happier as living minerals and vitamins are easier to digest and are in deeper alignment with your how your body absorbs and processes their benefits resulting in fuller and more whole system of well-being.   Many vitamin pills go in and come out whole!

  • Vitamin A,
  • Vitamin B’s (pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, folates)
  • Vitamin C,
  • Manganese,
  • Iron,
  • Potassium,
  • Fiber,
  • Copper,
  • Calcium,
  • Magnesium

Uses of Rosemary are:

  • Combat oxidative stress in the brain,
  • Improve memory,
  • Improve mood,
  • Hair tonic to restore grey hair to natural colour, stop split ends, stop dandruff and grow new hair,
  • Increase circulation,
  • Reduce aches and pains,
  • Antiseptic,
  • Astringent,
  • Antioxidant,
  • Vision,
  • Healthy skin,
  • Lung, breast and mouth cancers,
  • Fighting infection,
  • Improve blood and control heart rate and blood pressure

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The flowers of the rosemary have a higher potency of the above qualities therefore this year I have managed to infuse a tincture remedy along with an oil and a vinegar?  I am excited to explore these flower infusions.  This rosemary has not flowered in quite the same way in the past and I find this exciting and have appreciation to this plant!   Here is a picture of the oil and the vinegar infusion.  You can  see after only 12 hours the vinegar has begun to become the colour of the flowers.  The vinegar began with it’s own apple cider colour so the flower dye is quite dominant.

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Infusing Rosemary Flowers

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

Salad in a Pot

by Renee Lindstrom

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Getting  creative!  Regrowing with kitchen veggies.  Here is a pot planted with a celery base after stalks were cut, garlic cloves that had sprouted before being used and seeds of parsley and lettuce.  Last year regrowing a celery in the garden became the best producer in the garden.  I found drying the leaves for late fall and winter a wonderful addition to cooking.  The leaves still smell fresh.    Follow  us on facebook or instagram for updated pics as they fill in during this spring.

 

14 other veggies you can replant from kitchen:

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  • onions (whole & green)
  • carrots
  • pineapple
  • beets
  • potatoes (sweet potatoes, yams)
  • lettuce heels (romaine)
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • lemon grass
  • cilantro
  • leeks
  • bok choy
  • ginger

Cut and put in water until they root and/or sprout before setting into soil.

  • Herbs and garlic can be grown in water for fresh window sill cuttings!

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Forsythia Bush (Forsythia intermedia)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Also known as:  ‘Golden Bell’

Uses:  Culinary, Medicinal, Cosmetics

Parts used:  Seeds, Flower, Leaves, Twigs & Roots

Preparation:   Teas, Extract, Essential Oil, Flower Essences, Juice, Syrups, Dedoctions, Poultices


  • Symbolizes:   Transformation
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Anticipation
  • Associated with:  Crown Chakra
  • Element:  Air
  • Governed by:  Sun

When Forsythia blooms on bare branches in early spring it is stunning.  One of the earliest spring bloomers with yellow flowers grouped in clusters.  Each flower has four lobes. The bark is yellowish brown in colour and has raised lenticels (bumps).  It is a fast grow bush and can grow from one to two feet per year to height of 3 meters (10’) tall and 3.5 meters (12’) wide. They can be grown as hedgerows or ornamental’s and they enjoy full sun to partial shade.

Easy Starters – Cut branch and insert in moist soil!

Culinary

The flowers are edible and  can be steams or used to make jelly and syrups.  They can be used fresh or dried for making tea.

Learn more about Forsythia & Dandelion Jelly


Health and Wellness

Seed Pods called Fruit in Chinese Traditional Medicine

After flowering this bushes forms fruit (seed pods)  that are used in Chinese Herbal formulas for treating the common cold, influenza, and allergies.  There are two stages that they pick and use these seed pods.  One stage is when the pods are unripe and green and the other, ripe and  yellow.

In Chinese Traditional Medicine these seeds are a detoxicant for treating toxic and hot conditions like inflammatory and infectious diseases as it clears the body of toxic heat (sore throats, swollen lymph glands, flues, fever and, chills. .  This includes viral and bacterial infections such as; colds, bronchitis, strep throat.  They use it to  give relief to carbuncles (staph abscesses that go deeper and get larger than boils) and more:

  • a diuretic
  • stimulant for blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus
  • reduce fever
  • expel intestinal worms
  • a skin tonic  for chronic skin eruptions, acne or dermatitis and antiscrofulous (Scrofula is a tuberculous infection of the skin on the neck).
  • prevent vomiting
  • protect liver from damage

In Western Cultures, extracts of forsythia fruit has become one common ingredient in many plant based skin-care products and is now used in cosmetic products, hair care (e.g., hair growth liniments and anti-dandruff shampoos), skin care (e.g., acne cream) and foot care (e.g., athlete’s foot) products for their antimicrobial and traditional detoxifying properties.


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000