A downpour last week coupled with warm temperatures this week has sent my Bodrum garden into overdrive. I'm sure I can actually see it growing. A banana leaf that I hadn't even noticed at the week-end, blocked my entrance this morning and unless I've grown 2 inches in the night, the pomegranate tree is heading south, complete with 2 brace of head-banging-into fruit .
I have spent the afternoon pruning and have disposed of all the surplus except the rosemary leftovers. I can't bare to throw away such a useful herb. It will take me some time but I am determined to use it all up.
Starting with my cup of Earl Grey
and as a stirrer in my G & T.
A few facts about this wonderful herb.
Rosemary – Biberiye in Turkish
1. Rosmarinic acid is a natural polyphenolic antioxidant and has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant functions. Apart from the Rosemary, other popular herbs like Sage, Mint, Oregano and Thyme also contain appreciable levels of rosmarinic acid. (If uses when barbecuing meat - these herb counteract the carcinogenic affects of cooking meat over a grill)
2. Rosemary oil distilled from the flowers is known to be astringent and a stimulant.
3. Its oil is used externally as an anti irritant to soothe painful ailments like gout and rheumatism.
4. Rosemary herb extractions, when applied to the scalp, can help prevent dandruff.
5. Rosemary tea is a natural remedy for nervous headache, colds, and depression.
6. At Northumbria University, students were tested before and after sniffing rosemary. Results show that those using rosemary improved both their speed and accuracy .