It’s hard to get more bang for your buck than with rosemary. This beautiful, perennial herb smells fantastic and has antiviral, antifungal, and anti-bacterial properties, making it a common ingredient in natural cleaning products. It also stands out because of other properties that promote metabolism, blood clotting, immune system health, stress reduction, cognitive health, cancer reduction, and others, per WebMD.
For use in the home, rosemary is particularly suited to culinary and DIY skincare uses. To get the benefits of eating this wonder herb, you’ll want to finely chop the leaves, as they don’t always fully soften when cooked (via the How To Culinary Herb Garden). Rosemary leaves can make a great gentle exfoliant, on top of the herb’s antimicrobial advantages (via Medium).
Give your rosemary herb plant as much sun as you can. It can tolerate cool temperatures for a Mediterranean herb, and its soil should be nearly dry to prevent root rot. You can grow rosemary from seed or new garden center plants. The smaller Blue Boy variety is ideal for growing indoors in pots.