A Year in the Israeli Garden: All You Need to Know about Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to grow, especially in Israel. It is drought tolerant and  does not need too much water.

Rosemary feels perfectly okay under the heating sun and is very forgiving to cold weather (up to -20°C degrees) in the winter. You can grow rosemary even in a small pot in the kitchen, or it can grow into a happy looking hedge if there is enough space outside.

Photo: Paula Brustur

Rosemary can last year after year. Just make sure you plant it in well-drained soil and do not over water it. Besides being a beautiful decor in the house, garden and irreplaceable seasoning for all kinds of dishes, rosemary has many other uses:

1. Rosemary tea

Rosemary tea is excellent for proper digestion and stress-relief, and it’s easy to make. Strip leaves of the fresh rosemary and chop them into small pieces. Take a small pan, two cups of water, add two tablespoons of chopped rosemary and put it all on the oven just to let the water start boiling. Let the mix sit for an hour to increase the strengths of the herbs. When it is ready, separate the herbs and serve the liquid in your favorite teapot. Smells of fresh forest, the sea, and good vibes are guaranteed.

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2. Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil is known for a range of possible health remedies. It is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Most commonly rosemary oil is used for hair growth. You just need a few rosemary leaves, jar, and olive oil to make rosemary oil. Press all the leaves into a glass jar and cover with olive oil, keep the closed jar in the sun for two weeks and afterwards store it in a dark, dry place.

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3. Stylish place cards or gift décor

You can use rosemary for name tags on the table or use it to decorate a gift to create a memorable atmosphere. Just take ready-made name tag or create one by cutting a piece of paper and make a hole in it. Write a name on the card, cut rosemary and thread it into the hole. Simple and very cute.

There are many other natural and simple ways you can benefit from growing rosemary at home. If you want to learn more about different herbs and plants you can grow year-round in an Israeli climate, check Ilana Stein’s  “A Year in the Garden”, a Gregorian calendar that helps the (Israeli) garden grow. It will take your through the year by seasons, showing what grows when, and how, and what you can cook make with what you grow (seasonal vegan recipes).

About the Author
Nadia Katzir is a young woman from Russia - Siberia, who came to live in Israel and loves it. As someone, who chose to be in Israel not as a returning jew, she cannot count on the extended family network, the institutional help of absorption or Jewish agencies. Nadia makes her way based on the social connections found mainly through her networking and social media. She writes about people, who create art, communities, opportunities and her life in Israel at Haifisha.com, a website for social events updates and community life for English speakers in Haifa. In the past, Nadia worked in different international cooperation, education and NGO promoting projects in Russia, including the only news agency for social subjects in Russia - Agency for Social Information.
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