Summer Potions; Rosemary Water & Rosemary Tea


I adore growing rosemary and was told that rosemary tea is said to enhance one’s memory. And if you wear a sprig of rosemary in your hair to improve your memory you would do well in your exams, it didn’t help me with Geography. Drinking rosemary tea is ‘supposed’ to help the memory and some of my old aunts called it the remembrance herb, a sprig was given to loved ones when they left. But I do know this herb calms the mind and lifts the spirits, certainly better than a cup of coffee when you are flagging during long revision sessions.

Rosemary can be grown from seed, but I’ve never had much luck. Germination rates are generally quite low and seedlings are slow to grow so to start new rosemary plants I take cuttings taken from established plants. Water rosemary plants evenly throughout the growing season, but be careful not to overwater. Prune regularly so that plants won’t get lanky.

To harvest rosemary, snip off stems to use fresh, or hang them in the kitchen for dried rosemary. Harvest young stems and leaves for the freshest taste. You can harvest up to a third of the rosemary at any one time!

Follow a clip for a simple ‘how to’ video.


Don’t drink Rosemary Tea when pregnant

1 Cup of nearly boiling water

1 finger length snip of fresh Rosemary made into a handy stirrer (see video)

Honey to sweeten


Add the Rosemary spring to a in cup.

Heat the water in a kettle, turning it off just before it boils, and pour over the spig.

Leave to stand for ten minutes stirring occoasionally.

Sweeten with honey.

ROSEMARY TEA SHOULD NOT BE DRUNK IF PREGNANT and was traditionally used in abortion potions.


You can grow rosemary in pots, but bear in mind this perennial herb can grow quite big, and will need potting on in fresh compost every couple of years. Grow rosemary in well-drained soil in full sun. Young plants can suffer if their roots are sitting in wet soil in winter, so it’s a good idea to grow rosemary in a container for a couple of years before planting into the garden. Cut back annually to prevent the plant from becoming woody, and mulch in autumn with leaf mould, well-rotted compost or manure. Add crocks to the bottom of pots to aid drainage. Keep rosemary plants well-watered during dry spells and feed with a general fertiliser during the growing season. In cold winters, bring plants under cover for protection.


Harvest rosemary by gently pulling small sprigs away from the main stem. You can also use secateurs to remove large branches of rosemary, for roasting. Take care when using fresh rosemary in your cooking, it’s a pungent herb that will overpower delicate flavours.


Rosemary contains ursolic acid which helps to increase scalp circulation – this means more oxygen and nutrients will be sent right to your hair follicles, and that in turn promotes healthy hair growth. This aromatic herb has been traditionally known to darken grey and also slow the appearance of grey hairs. Due to its high antioxidant content, it scavenges free radicals and hydrogen peroxide, which are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning. Rosemary also revitalizes hair, removes product build up to leave your hair shiny and soft.


Fresh Rosemary


Harvest as much rosemary as you want to use and put it in a slow cooker/crock pot with just enough water to cover.

Simmer on high for a few hours. The longer you simmer the “stronger” the rosemary rinse will be.

Then strain through a sieve 

Use as a final rinse over the hair. Slowly pour the rinse over your hair and catch the drippings in the mug/pot and keep pouring them through your hair until they are all used. Massage the infusion into your scalp and hair and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly, or you can simply leave it on until the next wash. This stimulating rinse will help condition both hair and scalp. However, my hubby prefers to use a spray bottle, and to spray on before he shaves and showers. Then he washes it out.

This quantity should do at least 2 to 4 applications depending on the length of your hair. Store it in the fridge between uses – it will keep good for up to two weeks. If it’s freezing cold and the middle of winter, add some hot water to warm it before use.