Surrounding myself with a favorite scent, such as Rosemary, that brings back fond memories is an excellent way to make myself feel clarity, well, at peace, and carefree.
I heart Rosemary. A Lot. I heart Rosemary so much, in fact, I have planted and been raising quite a hedge of Rosemary about 15′ long along the path to our front door.
We always seem to have sprigs of Rosemary laying about in the kitchen. Every week or so, I just cut more sprigs to keep the scent in the kitchen, and as I pass by them, I run my fingertips across the Rosemary to carry the scent with me as I go.
(Photo of book, Aromatic Herbs, by Jill Norman. Click on it to enlarge.)
When I read, I’m known to keep a sprig nearby to use as a bookmark. When I take a break from reading to tend a few chores, I’m greeted with a wonderfully invigoratingly fresh scent as I reopen my book. For me, it’s such a fresh, welcoming scent.
On that note, I thought it might also be nice make a bit of Rosemary Water for ironing . . . and freshening up linens . . . and so forth. So, let’s do that, shall we? We shall!
I’m using distilled water, Mountain Valley Spring Water from Hot Springs, Arkansas, specifically, of course, since I’m an Arkansas girl. 🙂 I’m also using Rosemary essential oil.
The cost: less than $5.00
The time: less than 2 minutes to “make” this
Directions: just add 5 drops essential oil to every 5 oz of water. Easy! Then, spritz with joy!
While fresh rosemary sprigs are beautiful in the water, they are organic and will make the water cloudy pretty quickly, so do I did it for myself only because I’m anticipating that I’ll use it all pretty quickly! Otherwise, the distilled water and essential oil lasts longer without becoming cloudy if the fresh Rosemary is omitted.
Take care to see which things are spritz-able (is that a word?) . . . able to be spritzed . . . and those which are not.
I’m spritz-ing the lining (backside) of my draperies, under couch cushions, all around the middle of the room as I twirl singing a little too loudly, and then race out to my car and mist all around the carpet floor mats, and . . . Oh, yeah, I’m supposed to save some to spritz the ironing! (I spray the inside of garments, then iron the right side. It makes ironing a pleasure!) Then, I also spritz . . . 🙂 Well, I just spritz and spritz . . . 🙂 🙂
I heart Rosemary and its scent so much. You’ve seen (read) me talk about it before as I use rosemary branches as skewers for chicken, too, yes? and I have a whole board dedicated to Rosemary on Pinterest that perhaps you’ve seen?
My next feat may be to try making a Rosemary jelly! It sounds so lovely to me! (Recipe is in book, Medicinal Herbs, by Patricia Turcotte.)
Or, I may try extracting my own Rosemary essential oil. I found instructions on eHow.
Or, as an alternative to making Rosemary water in the method described above, I may try boiling it somehow and straining it to create Rosemary Water for my laundry. We’ll see. I’ll be here, just happily playing amongst my rosemary. 🙂
~Amber Hamilton Henson
It’s raining heavily here, tonight, which makes this spray extra lovely. It seems to just linger in the humid air. Love.
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Posted on June 23, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged Arkansas, gardening, laundry, rosemary.. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Lots of great uses, but beware–some are allergic to it for some reason. I gave a large lot of it to a friend who was going to make the wreaths I make, and she could not breathe after she got it into her house. Had to escape! Then I was giving an herb workshop, complete with facials, and during the steaming session, a woman had to get out of the area, due to rosemary in the hot water. Hmm. I am SO happy it doesn’t bother me one bit! And being a brunette, I use rosemary water as the final rinse for my shampoos, in the summer. It gives lasting freshness to my hair, even on days when I must watch grandkids play T-ball in the scorching sun. 🙂 Thanks for all these other ideas! I have to iron someday this week, and you know what I’ll be trying! 🙂
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