Students in ancient Greece believed that if you tucked a sprig of rosemary in your hair, it would improve your ability to study. Although the herbs reputation as a memory sharpener have not been proven, there are other traditional uses for rosemary. Rosemary helps to relax muscles, including the smooth muscles of the digestive tract and uterus. So it is sometimes used to soothe digestive upsets and relieve menstrual cramps. Rosemary is a very valuable circulatory remedy for poor circulation, cold peripheries and varicose veins, with a particular affinity for the cerebral circulation. It is a stimulating tonic herb for those recovering from illness, or suffering depression or nervous exhaustion. It has been used to treat migraines, disorders of the liver and digestion. Rosemary leaves were made into an ointment to treat neuralgia, rheumatism, eczema and minor wounds as well as a mouthwash. Rosemary has shown itself to be effective at preventing fats from becoming rancid. The food industry sometimes uses extracts of rosemary oil as a food preservative. The antibacterial and antifungal activities have been documented towards mold, Staphylococcus aureus,and E coli. Also rosemary is such a strong antioxidant - which means it protects fats from being attacked by oxygen- that it has caught the eye of cancer researchers.

Studies have shown that oil from the leaves may help prevent the development of cancerous tumors in laboratory animals. The research indicated that animals whose diets contained some rosemary oil had about half the incidence of colon cancer or lung cancer compared with animals not eating the herb. Other studies also showed a promise for breast cancer. Some evidence suggests that oxidative damage caused by highly reactive (free radical) oxygen molecules in the body play a role in Alzheimer's. If that's so, rosemary should help. Although even small amounts of the oil may cause stomach irritation and pregnant women should not use the herb medicinally, it is still a safe seasoning for all sorts of foods. Add it to meat dishes, baked foods and Mediterranean recipes or make herbal tea. Of course it makes a Delightful addition to potpourri and herbal pillows. Rosemary is a perennial herb which does best with at least four hours of direct sunlight each day. In warm climates, rosemary should be planted outdoors in well-drained soil with a pH range of 5 to 8. Full sun is best with spacing plants 2 to 3 feet apart. In cold climates, grow your rosemary plant in a pot so it may be brought indoors during winter, where it should be placed in a sunny window with good air circulation. Night temperatures should be on the cool side (about 50° to 55°) and day temperatures should be 68° to 72°. Well-drained soil or potting mix are essential, to prevent root rot. Once established, rosemary needs very little water to survive, so be sure to allow the soil to dry before watering. Rosemary will not do well outdoors in wet climates. Feed once a month during the growing season with dilute, all purpose fertilizer, and if needed prune lightly for shape. Rosemary may be propagated by seeds, by cuttings taken in August, layering (peg a section of the stem to the ground, where it will root, then once rooted you may sever the new start from the parent plant), or by root division in the spring. During the growing season, pinch back growth tips two or three inches to promote bushy plants; cut back hard only in early spring to allow the new growth time to mature.


Kids' Show-and-Tell Garden Scrapbook

Here is a fun way for kids to plan and keep track of their own gardens. The nice thing is, it allows them to easily take their garden to school for show-and-tell. Or it will make a great project for homeschooled kids as well. Buy a box of Ziploc plastic bags and stack them so all the "zipper" sides are facing the same direction. Then poke four holes on the nonzipper end and tie the bottoms of the bags together with twist ties to form a book in which each page is a separate bag. When your family is planning their garden, the children choose which plants they'd like to grow. Then they cut out photographs from catalogs to include in their journals. When the seeds come, they store the seed packets and any other information they need all together, with each plant on a different page. Once they plant their gardens, take photos of your children with their plants every so often. These are stored in the journals. Children love to learn with things they can see and touch. And these books allow them to do that. They also like to take their photos and seeds out to show friends and family how their gardens are doing.


Garlic Powder -

Rinse fresh garlic cloves with hot water. (makes for easier peeling) Remove the skin and slice. Allow garlic slices to dry right out at room temperature. Place dried cloves in a ziplock plastic bag and hammer it with a wooden mallot until it disolves into a fine powder. This is a good task to do when you need to reduce built up tension also.



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