Rosemary is one of the most useful culinary herbs for strengthening Yang. It stimulates the circulation and warms the extremeties. If you are normally cold, with cold hands and feet, rosemary is an ideal herb to use on a regular basis. It is also used to promote clear-thinking and relieving absent mindedness and poor-memory.
It also clears Dampness and Phlegm, and can be used for catarrh, heaviness of the body and a cloudy or fuzzy head, when these symptoms are accompanied by feeling cold.
As if these weren’t benefits enough, rosemary is also a strengthening Qi tonic. It increases the vital energy of the body in all areas, and can be used for low libido and impotence, weak limbs, fatigue, lower back ache and poor appetite.
The renaissance writer Wilhelm Ryff says of it “the spirits of the heart and the entire body feel joy from this drink, which dispels all despondency and worry”
Rosemary is a classic accompaniment to Lamb (also a Yang tonic.) It can be used to add flavour to roasted vegetables, added to soups, stews and casseroles, and makes a good flavoured oil. It is also used with orange in deserts. You can also make rosemary tea by infusing the fresh herb in boiling water.
Rosemary is an attractive evergreen garden plant, much loved by bees, and is extremely easy to grow.