How to Enjoy Fresh Organic Rosemary Sprigs?
Fresh organic rosemary sprigs have many delicious health benefits and many ways to enjoy them and incorporate them into your life.
To prepare wildcrafted rosemary sprigs, rinse the leaves under cold water to remove any stray dirt or particles. Cut the brownish stems off and use the bright green soft rosemary sprigs as a garnish for savory meat dishes, vegetables, and baked goods.
Here are a few ideas for including more fresh organic rosemary in your diet:
- Fresh rosemary adds great flavor to slow-cooked meals such as stews, casseroles, lamb dishes, and Italian-style soups. Be sure to chop the green leaves or crush beforehand if you don’t want spiky leaves in your finished meal. Remove the brownish stem and discard.
- Sprinkle sprigs of fresh rosemary over chicken, beef, or pork dishes. Delicious flavor is added to the meat when slits are made in the meat and rosemary springs inserted prior to cooking.
- Add fresh rosemary to roasted vegetables while cooking. Chop up rosemary leaves finely, mix with vegetables, garlic, and olive oil.
- Mix fresh rosemary into butter or olive oil and spread it over bread.
- Add fresh organic rosemary sprigs to lemonades or cocktails for a refreshing take on classic beverages.
- Boil fresh organic rosemary leaves with water to make rosemary tea (see instructions below).
How to Make Tea from Fresh Organic Rosemary Sprigs?
Why Buy Fresh Rosemary Sprigs?
Why Buy Organic Rosemary Sprigs?
Why Buy Wildcrafted Rosemary Sprigs?
“Wildcrafted” goes a step beyond organic. Organic herbs, even when “Certified Organic” are often still sprayed with various chemicals that have been approved for organic use. Wildcrafted herbs grow naturally with no assistance from humans.
According to Wikipedia, wildcrafting (also known as foraging) is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or ‘wild’ habitat, primarily for food or medicinal purposes. It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found, and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas. Ethical considerations are often involved, such as protecting endangered species and potential for depletion of commonly held resources.
Proven Health Benefits of Fresh Organic Rosemary Herb:
- Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry Journal publications have shown that the carnosic and rosmarinic acids in rosemary plants have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. 1
- Phytotherapy Research Journal published a study that demonstrated that rosemary and its constituents including carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid, and carnosol have a lot of benefits such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-mutagenic, anti-bacterial, antiviral, antinociceptive, and neuroprotective activities. 2
- Journal of Biomedical Science states that Rosmarinus officinalis L. (rosemary) is constituted by bioactive molecules,
the phytocompounds, responsible for implement several pharmacological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiproliferative, antitumor and protective, inhibitory and attenuating activities. Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of R. officinalis L. on some physiological disorders caused by biochemical, chemical or biological agents have been observed. 3
- The American Journal of Chinese Medicine published pharmacological research which showed that rosemary extract and its phenolic constituents, especially carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid, and carnosol, could significantly improve diabetes mellitus by regulating glucose metabolism, lipid metabolism, anti-inflammation, and anti-oxidation, exhibiting extremely high research value.4 In addition, Brock University’s researchers have discovered that rosemary extract increases the transport of glucose into muscle cells, working much like drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes. 5
- International Journal of Nutrition describes several in vivo studies have shown that rosemary administration has a positive impact on gastrointestinal (GI) health through decreased oxidative stress and inflammation in the GI tract.6
- Journal of Cellular Physiology reports that rosemary and its main components have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-lowering properties. The review has focused on in vivo and in vitro studies on the hypolipidemic effects of rosemary and its main constituents as well as their functional mechanisms. Studies have described lipid-scavenging activities of rosemary through its ﬂavonoid contents. Modulating inflammation and oxidative stress have been described as possible mechanisms by which rosemary ameliorates dyslipidemia. 7
- Studies have found that carnosic acid in rosemary can potentially slow the growth of cancer cells in the body and even lower the risk of developing tumors.
- In a randomized trial conducted on university students, rosemary was found to improve the students’ sleep quality and lower their anxiety levels when compared with a placebo.
- The phytochemicals in rosemary may help to improve eye health, regulate liver function, and lower the risk of asthma.
- Consuming rosemary regularly can potentially help lower the risk of infection and help the immune system fight any infections that do occur.
- Peng CH, Su JD, Chyau CC, Sung TY, Ho SS, Peng CC, Peng RY. Supercritical fluid extracts of rosemary leaves exhibit potent anti-inflammation and anti-tumor effects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2007 Sep;71(9):2223-32. doi: 10.1271/bbb.70199. Epub 2007 Sep 7. PMID: 17827696.
- Alavi MS, Fanoudi S, Ghasemzadeh Rahbardar M, Mehri S, Hosseinzadeh H. An updated review of protective effects of rosemary and its active constituents against natural and chemical toxicities. Phytother Res. 2021 Mar;35(3):1313-1328. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6894. Epub 2020 Oct 12. PMID: 33044022.
- de Oliveira JR, Camargo SEA, de Oliveira LD. Rosmarinus officinalis L. (rosemary) as therapeutic and prophylactic agent. J Biomed Sci. 2019 Jan 9;26(1):5. doi: 10.1186/s12929-019-0499-8. PMID: 30621719; PMCID: PMC6325740.
- Bao TQ, Li Y, Qu C, Zheng ZG, Yang H, Li P. Antidiabetic Effects and Mechanisms of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and its Phenolic Components. Am J Chin Med. 2020;48(6):1353-1368. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X20500664. PMID: 33016104.
- Madina Naimi, Theodoros Tsakiridis, Theocharis C. Stamatatos, Dimitris I. Alexandropoulos, and Evangelia Tsiani. Increased skeletal muscle glucose uptake by rosemary extract through AMPK activation. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 40(4): 407-413. https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2014-0430
- Veenstra JP, Johnson JJ. Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus): Health-promoting benefits and food preservative properties. Int J Nutr. 2021;6(4):1-10. Epub 2021 Jun 24. PMID: 34651071; PMCID: PMC8513767.
- Farkhondeh T, Samarghandian S, Pourbagher-Shahri AM. Hypolipidemic effects of Rosmarinus officinalis L. J Cell Physiol. 2019 Jan 29. doi: 10.1002/jcp.28221. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 30693502.