Steeping a rosemary wreath
We've had the sniffles at my house, and the DH and I have been sipping mugs of rosemary (above) and thyme herbal infusions.
I'm fond of rosemary. I love its aroma and flavor. It's featured in my favorite cucumber sandwich recipe. It's the herb of remembrance. (Friend Nancy and her sister have a tearoom, herb store and blog related to this tradition.)
Where I live, it grows year-round and I feel fortunate to be able to snip a few branches even in the winter! It 's not fussy. Here, I just rinsed the leaves, coiled them and poured boiling water over to steep for 10 minutes. In later spring, the bush provides another gift: pretty pale blue blooms.
There are many uses for the herbal infusion. It has antioxidants as well as other compounds that are anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic. It's also a good source of folic acid, vitamins A, and C and iron. There are probably many other benefits.
Have you ever tried a rosemary infusion? I've found it to have a very pleasing aroma and flavor.