One pound medium pasta shells or other cup-shaped pasta
(or equivalent amount of rice)
Two 15-oz cans cannellini (white kidney) or great northern beans
(equivalent to three cups cooked)
Three garlic cloves
Three 6-inch sprigs rosemary
Four tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus oil to drizzle on top
Medium to large flakes of red pepper, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Household - (1) Place a fresh bough in a room to cool the air. (2) Boil a handful of rosemary in two cups of water for 10 minutes to yield an antiseptic solution for washing bathroom and kitchen.Decorative - The rosemary branch provides a fragrant skeleton when woven into wreaths and garlands.Culinary - The flowers can be tossed into salads, and crystallized for a garnish. Pound with sugar, mix with cream and add to a fruit puree. The leaf can be added sparingly to a wide range of foods including bread and bean or pasta dishes. Use rosemary to flavor baked potatoes and to make herb butter for vegetables. (See recipe below.)Practical - When stripped of leaves, rosemary stems can be burned on a fire or barbecue for a lovely aroma.
Medicinal - Stimulates circulation and eases pain by increasing blood supply where applied. Aids fat digestion. Good for aching joints and rheumatic pains. Use as an antiseptic gargle and mouthwash.
Fresh Aerial PartsIdeal for exhaustion, weakness and depression, the aerial parts invigorate the circulation, stimulate digestion, and are good treatment for cold symptoms including chills and rheumatism. They are useful for headaches that are eased by warm towels rather than ice packs. Harvest fresh, year round, and take either as an infusion or tincture.Rosemary LeafRosemary is used to treat joint pain, sore muscles, and minor digestive problems such as loss of appetite, mild nausea and gas. These leaves contain a variety of substances that are antibacterial, stimulate the flow of digestive juices, and relax the intestinal tract. To take internally, drink as tea or as a tincture. To apply a compress, soak a pad in the hot infusion of rosemary leaves; this can be used for sprains.Rosemary OilWhen applied to the skin, rosemary oil made improves blood flow to the area.
For digestive problems, steep one teaspoon of dried leaves in one cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Drink one cup before meals, up to 3 times daily.
Oil/CreamFor sore joints or muscles, rub a few drops of the essential oil or a cream standardized to contain 6 to 10 percent essential oil into the area up to four times daily.
Liquid extractOne half teaspoon 3 times daily before meals, or as directed on the package.TincturesOne teaspoon up to 3 times daily before meals, or as directed on the package.