While rosemary grows year-round in many places, it really takes off in the spring and summer. Chefs rejoice in its abundance, but rosemary can get bushy and take over your indoor herb garden or backyard if not tended. Keep your plant trimmed back and put your harvest to good use. From soap in your bathroom to treats in your freezer, you can use rosemary all over the house. Click through the slideshow to see how.
We can’t get enough of this comforting pear tart from Home & Plate. Pastry dough topped with juicy pears, goat cheese, honey, and rosemary make a flavorful, springtime dessert.
Dry your rosemary to make it last long past harvest. This garland from The Fair Exchange makes a simple decoration that adds life to your space while your overflowing supply of herbs slowly dries. Natural jute keeps herbs in place and can be reused or composted when done.
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Relaxation is only a quick wash away. This antioxidant- and antimicrobial-rich soap is full of rosemary, which can help promote hair growth, alleviate muscle pain, and reduce anxiety. Brittany from A Spark of Creativity uses a natural melt-and-pour soap base to make bars in 15 minutes.
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Flaky, soft, full of flavor—these biscuits pair well with just about any meal. Slather them in jam for breakfast, or dip into soup for dinner. Ashley from Baker By Nature packs a quarter cup of rosemary into this simple, one-bowl recipe that’s ready in 40 minutes flat.
Get that coveted day-at-the-beach look anytime with this spray from Hello Glow. Chamomile tea and lemon juice naturally lighten hair, while rosemary encourages growth. Want loosely styled waves without the lightening? Substitute distilled water for the chamomile tea and leave out the lemon.
This elegant cake is just the answer for a springtime garden party. Lindsay from Sprinkles for Breakfast uses fresh rosemary to lightly flavor the vanilla cake, fills it with honey buttercream, and decorates with lavender and rosemary sprigs.
Calm your skin (and yourself) with this three-ingredient toner from Scratch Mommy. The smell of rosemary is thought to lower stress hormones, and its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help soothe skin. This toner is not an overnight solution, though. You’ll have to steep dried rosemary in witch hazel for up to two weeks before straining and adding cedarwood essential oil.
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Cool off with a pink grapefruit-and-rosemary popsicle. Emma from My Darling Lemon Thyme uses unrefined sugar or brown rice syrup to add a touch of sweetness to these refreshing treats. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can make smaller bites in an ice-cube tray and stick in toothpicks for handling.
These bunches from Almost Perfect make great hostess gifts or decorations for your next dinner party. All you need are fresh herbs, twine, and Palo Santo incense sticks—which give the bouquets some stiffness to hold up the soft herbs while also adding an earthy scent. Lay them atop plates and napkins as table settings, and encourage guests to take them home at the end of the evening.
You can’t go wrong with these classic, comforting potatoes. Fresh rosemary sprigs impart mouthwatering flavor into the small potatoes. They are soft on the inside with a nice crispness on the outside. Get the recipe here.
Store your winter clothes without worry. These natural mothball sachets from Gardenista are full of insect-repelling herbs like rosemary, cloves, cinnamon, and lavender. Your clothes will stay safe and smell fresh without dangerous mothball chemicals.