How To Grow Rosemary And Their Benefits

Rosemary is a bush with fragrant and flavourous needle-like leaves with pink, purple, white, or blue flowers. Native to the Mediterranean regions, the spicy aromatic leaves can be used fresh, or dried to season many dishes. In this article, we will share how to grow rosemary, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained from adding this single crop to your diet.

There are over 30 different rosemary varieties. Although there are two main rosemary varieties, upright varieties and creeping. Both growing delicious, fragrant, evergreen leaves, with edible flowers. Here are some of our recommended varieties: ‘Spice Island’, ‘Prostrate’, Majorca Pink’, and ‘Lady In White’.

How To Grow Rosemary

Sow Rosemary outdoors after all dangers of frost have passed in spring, or sow indoors in early spring. Rosemary needs a sheltered, sunny place, a sunny window seel will be a perfect place if growing indoors. Sow seed around 1cm deep, 18-36 inches apart as rosemary can grow up to 4ft in height and spread about 4ft if not clipped. Plant in a container or big pot with well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost, or manure.

Water regularly, keep the soil moist especially if plants are grown in containers, and during dry spells. When growing over winter, it’s recommended that you give your plants protection, for example, a fleece or cloches. Fertilisers are not really needed for this herb, but if you want faster growth, feed with any multi-purpose fertiliser. Once the plant is grown, feel free to snip sprigs during spring and summer as rosemary grows more actively during then.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Rosemary is packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, C, B-6, and B-9, magnesium, potassium, copper, calcium, iron, and manganese. In addition, rosemary is low in cholesterol, amd sodium. Rosemary may also help lower blood sugar, improve mood, and memory, may support brain health, and may benefit your eyes. There are other potential benefits, may benefit heart health, promote digestion, boost weight loss, and premote hair health.

Rosemary is a versatile herb and is used dry and fresh in the kitchen. Here are some ways you can add rosemary to your dishes: make rosemary tea, juices, olive oil, dressings, sauces, roasted vegetables, fruits, breads, and other baked goods. Use dried rosemary as a seasoning of many dishes, such as soups, stews, chicken, fish, and other poultry.