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Rosemary’s Sweet Side

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Hello Everyone

I’m delivering on my promise for a recipe with Rosemary that doesn’t include chicken, LEMON ROSEMARY SHORTBREAD.  But before dessert, a few quick notes on Rosemary


Rosemary is an herb that resembles pine needles and is actually an evergreen shrub in warm climates. My Aunt in California has 3 huge rosemary bushes along the sidewalk going in to her back yard. They are used as a hedge.  She had no idea that her hedge was rosemary and that she could cook with it. More than likely that’s because she doesn’t cook. Oh the humanity!

Rosemary  smells fantastic. Rub your hands along the bushes, or pinch the leaves and run your fingers up the stem.  Now smell them. Yep. That’s what I’m talking about. Aromatherapy at your finger tips.

Rosemary is also an anti-inflammatory which is why when you have a cold your mom brings you chicken soup with rosemary (or Dad, or significant other or anyone who wants you to stop coughing and get back to work).  Herbalists believe it’s anti-inflammatory properties can relieve arthritis, asthma, and increase blood flow to your brain (and maybe helping you remember where you left your keys?).

I have no idea how much you’d actually have to consume to reap the benefits, but with all it’s beneficial properties, it certainly is worth adding it your meals and your desserts.  It certainly makes sense that Rosemary has been a part of medicinal gardens for centuries.  If you’re in a warmer climate, like my Aunt, plant it outside. If you’re in a colder climate, like me here in Oak Lawn, IL, plant it in a pot that you can bring in the house for the winter.

This time of year here in Oak Lawn (just outside of Chicago) is always grey. Plus we’ve had no snow, which seems to make the grey last longer. So, brighten up your space with Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies. The scent of the rosemary and the lemon while you are preparing the cookies will provide aromatherapy and the cookies are delicious. Check out the recipe for this treat in the charmed eats page. Just click on the tab at the top.



Author: Laurine M. Byrne

I received my certification as a Landscape Designer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and I received my horticulture education through classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and through the master gardener program at Univ of Illinois Extension. In my designs, I love mixing veggies and herbs with native perennials and flowering bushes as you can see from the pictures of my own yard. I love creating gardens for people who like to garden, not just installing traditional landscaping, but actually creating gardens that the homeowner connects to personally. I love that my clients who thought they couldn't grow anything now have green thumbs, because all it takes is the right plant in the right site. And I really love that my clients become my friends in the process of creating their gardens.

One thought on “Rosemary’s Sweet Side

  1. Love the info on rosemary. Making cookies sounds like a good idea. Thanks. Anne


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