Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rosemary: An essential product for cosmetics and household use

Rosemary is an amazingly versatile herb. You can use it for cooking, for medicine, for cosmetics, and for household products. Here are some non-edible recipes that use Rosemary:

Hair Rinse
Rosemary and thyme have been used for centuries to darken hair and keep it soft and silky. They also have natural antiseptic properties, which give this rinse the added bonus of keeping your scalp healthy and clean. After several uses, you will notice the results. Herbal rinses need to build up over time, but the advantage is that your hair will darken quite subtly and naturally.  

• 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried
• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried
• 2 cups boiling water
1. Place herbs in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow leaves to steep until cool. Strain liquid and pour into a clean container.

2. To use: After shampooing, pour the rinse over your hair. Do not rinse.

Rosemary Disinfectant and Deterrent
*Simmer a handful of Rosemary leaves and small stems in approx. 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. The less water, the more concentrated the disinfectant will be. Strain and pour into a spray bottle and use to disinfect your home. It can be used to clean sinks and bathrooms or give a fresh scent to your rooms. Add dishwashing detergent to get rid of grease on surfaces. Store any excess in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Make a weak infused tea (1-3 tsp. dried herb or 1-3 tbsp. fresh herb per 1 cup boiling water, simmer for 10-15 minutes and strain) and use as a rinse on your dog after washing to deter fleas 

Rosemary Facial Steam 
*As a facial steam, rosemary gives your face a cooling sensation as well as stimulating blood circulation.
*Make a infused tea (see above recipe for instructions) and pour into a large bowl. Put your face above the bowl, preferably with a towel over your head and enjoy the facial steam! 

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