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10 Ways to Use Fresh Rosemary That Are Super Easy

What is Fresh Rosemary

Fresh Rosemary is recently cut clippings from the small evergreen shrub Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region. It has dark green, needle-like leaves that have a resinous aroma. From late winter through spring, the plant displays blue flowers, which are edible. There are two growth types of Rosemary: upright shrub forms, and prostrate forms that will spill down slopes and cascade over walls.  Both types can be used for fresh rosemary cuttings.

Grow Your Own Fresh Rosemary

Rosemary is very easy to grow, but think about where you plant it. Once rosemary is established, infrequent deep watering is almost all it needs. No need to feed it. Rosemary plants will tolerate drought, heat, wind, and salt spray. Insect pest free because of the aromatic oils in the leaves that act as a natural repellent. And deer, rabbits, and squirrels don’t like the taste.  Fresh Rosemary cuttings can be taken almost all year long.


Fresh Rosemary

How to Use Fresh Rosemary

1.  Oil and Vinegar Infusion and Fermentation

One of the simplest ways to preserve the flavors of rosemary is by making a simple oil and vinegar infusion and to use fermentation. Best of all, you don’t need any specialized equipment!  A good fermentation recipe is our Rosemary Fermented Carrots

2.  Sauces and Soups

You can use Rosemary in all manner of soups and sauces. When it comes to marinades, you can pair rosemary with garlic citrus, butter, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and peppercorn, or even port. With soups, the herb pairs well with roast mixed vegetables, sweet potato, potato, chicken, zucchini, chickpea or parsnip to name but a few.

3.  Pasta and Bread

Plain bread and pasta can effortlessly be dressed up with the addition of rosemary-infused oil or vinegar. Also, you can also mix it into the dough of these delicious staples too.

4.  Drinks

From simple, delicious cocktails to detox water, fresh rosemary gives an added kick to your favorite beverage. Also stay hydrated all summer with rosemary and grapefruit infused water or a sparkling rosemary limeade. Making iced tea with rosemary is great too, especially with lemon and rosemary. And take your juicing to the next level, try rosemary, pear, apple, and blend.

5.  General Cooking

The many ways to use fresh rosemary in the kitchen don’t end here; it works in everything from quiches and stir-fries to stews and roasts. Experiment with your rosemary harvest and discover how versatile this pungent herb really is!

6.  Rosemary Essential Oil

One of the rewards of growing your own rosemary is that you can use it to distill your own, organic essential oil, allowing you to reap its many health benefits. Rosemary essential oil may be utilized for relief from indigestion, headache, anxiety, joint pain, poor circulation, cold and flu, and much more

7.  Improve Cognitive Performance

Diffusing your own homemade rosemary oil or simply sipping on a cup of rosemary tea can help enhance cognitive performance and boost mental clarity and improve cognitive performance, according to research. Rosemary may also significantly prevent the aging of your brain, keeping you “with it” right into old age because of its carnosic acid content that fights off free radical damage.

8.  Strong and Shiny Hair

Do you want to improve the health of your hair and scalp? If so start harvesting your own fresh rosemary. Using a strong infusion of rosemary and nettle leaf is a great post-shampoo herbal hair rinse. Its antimicrobial properties help reduce dandruff, and it stimulates blood flow which speeds hair growth when used regularly.

9.  Oral Health

For excellent oral health, use the power of Rosemary. Rosemary’s antimicrobial properties will kill off the harmful bacteria responsible for gum disease and tooth decay and will even get rid of bad breath. Simply boil or steep four fresh rosemary sprigs and four whole cloves in two cups of water until you’re left with a strong mouthwash. You can also add a few drops of rosemary oil to your homemade or regular toothpaste.

10. Skin Care and Health

Rosemary essential or rosemary-infused oil can be used topically (appropriately diluted) for a whole list of skin irritations such as eczema or acne. It may even help speed the healing of wounds and bruises when used externally.

Harvest2U Recipes That Use Fresh Rosemary

Always use organic fruits and vegetables in your recipes.

Do you live in one of these Southern California Cities? Aguanga, Fallbrook, Hemet, Homeland, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, or Winchester.  If you do, you can use the local organic fruits and vegetables in our harvest deliveries for these recipes.

Resources and Recipes

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About Randy Farrar

Randy Farrar is the CEO and farmer at Harvest2U. He is a seasoned micro-farmer with over 35 years of experience. When he isn't farming and managing Harvest2U, you'll find him writing content for blogs and social media. You can follow him on: ● Facebook ● Instagram ● Linkedin


  1. Natalie on March 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Really great tips, well put together and inspiring.. Will make better use of my Rosemary bush now – I love the mouthwash recipe.

  2. Stevie R S on June 20, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for the tips! I see so much rosemary on my route at work. Was wanting to utilize some.

    • Randall Farrar on June 20, 2019 at 7:36 am

      You are welcome. Be careful where you harvest your Rosemary. Know the source. Too close to busy streets and the Rosemary is covered with all kinds of pollutants. Often Rosemary is used as an ornamental in planters and groundcovers, and Roundup (glyphosate) has been used to control weeds. Harvest2U’s Rosemary is grown in our Food Forest, lots of diversity, no herbicides or pesticides.

      • Lisa Navarro on January 22, 2020 at 10:01 am

        Can I get advice on how to extract oil out of my rosemary plant?I’d like to use it on my skin ..

        • Randall Farrar on January 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm

          Hi Lisa. Interesting question. Try a web search How to Extract Oil From Rosemary. I came up with good info. Also, you can buy oil presses as well. It looks pretty easy. I hope that helps.

  3. John on September 12, 2021 at 6:56 am

    Thanks! I see the theory. How do I make these things from fresh rosemary?

    • Randy Farrar on September 12, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      Hi John,

      The article is based on using fresh Rosemary.

  4. Johannes on September 12, 2021 at 9:22 am

    I tend to high speed grind my rosemary leafs. Is this the best way?

    • Randy Farrar on September 12, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Once it’s dried. That is a great method. Dry it out in a sealed paper bag then grind. I even throw in some stems.

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