Pretty sky blue flowers bloom in spring on 2-4 foot evergreen perennial plants. Grow in full sun, well-drained soil.
Traditional Healing Uses: To remedy digestive problems, nervous headaches, depression, and as a blood cleanser and circulatory tonic. Hot rosemary tea with honey and or inhaling vapor from steaming rosemary have both been used as cold remedies. Externally, rosemary oil has been used for muscular pain and neuralgia, rheumatism, eczema, bruises, wounds, sores, stings, and swelling.
Other Uses: Leaves make delicious seasoning for meat, poultry, fish, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, and vegetables. Leaves or sprigs may be put in sachets to repel moths, in bathwater to stimulate the skin, in vinegar to prevent dandruff, and in a rinse to add luster to dark hair.
Harvest: Gather leaves and sprigs all summer.
Preparation: Pour 1 cup of boiling water on 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb and let steep for 10-15 minutes, 3 times a day.
Caution: Use in moderation; large quantities may irritate the stomach, intestines, and kidneys.