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Herbal Medicine Week - Grind your own rosemary

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We used to add sprigs of rosemary to our roast vegetables. However, the sprigs are quite woody and you either have to remove the sprigs or, if you want to eat the rosemary, remove the leaves from the woody bits. A few years ago we started to use a spice grinder to grind our own rosemary. I don't know why we didn't do it earlier because the quality of the rosemary powder is phenomenal! This is what we do now:

Pick and dry the rosemary sprigs

Pick the rosemary wherever you can find it. We get ours from the local church yard or from friends. Hang it upside down. I just have an elastic band around the base and hook it next to our messy pot hanger in the kitchen.

Remove the leaves
When the leaves are falling off and making a mess, it is time to take the sprigs down and remove the leaves from the

Remove the leaves
When the leaves are falling off and making a mess, it is time to take the sprigs down and remove the leaves from the woody bits.


Collect the leaves in a bowl
Remove any woody bits and add the leaves to a spice grinder (we use the Breville spice grinder).


Collect the leaves in a bowl and grind them
Remove any woody bits and add the leaves to a spice grinder (we use the Breville spice grinder). Grind until it is a fine powder.


Bottle the rosemary
It will last for several months and the aroma will be just incredible.

Springle on your roast vegetables or meat and the flavour will be something else. You will never be able to go back to adding woody sprigs or, heaven forbids, store purchased rosemary powder!

Just my little tip for Herbal Medicine Week 2021!

#HerbalMedicineWeek
#NHAA #Naturopathy 

#WesternHerbalMedicine 

#PhytotherapyDeskReference


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Thursday, 07 July 2022

Book Review: Phytotherapy Desk Reference

PDR5Reviewed by  Mim Beim

My original copy of Michael Thomsen’s Phytotherapy Desk Reference is herb-stained and dog-eared. So it was with much excitement that I received the latest edition of this little gem.

The book, as with the previous editions, has been designed not as an exhaustive materia medica but rather as a desk reference for the busy herbalist. It contains short, precise descriptions of 236 of the most commonly used herbs in Australia and New Zealand.

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The extensively revised and updated 5th edition of the Phytotherapy Desk Reference

Phytotherapy Desk Reference 5th Edition ISBN: 978-0-646-82443-7 Soft-cover, spiral bound. 200 pages. 233 Monographs.