Winter's the perfect time to share how to make rosemary tea. Rosemary is a delicious, easy-to-use culinary herb that imparts a fresh, piney flavor to meat, vegetables, and even cocktails. And it's not just for cooking!
The aroma of rosemary, which comes from its essential oils, is said to improve cognition and memory in several studies. Plus, it couldn't be easier to make.
Rosemary - an herb for memory
Rosemary is a popular herb with a wide range of benefits—most notably, an improved memory. In addition, Rosemary tea is beneficial for the health of your brain, as well as your whole body. Both fresh and dried rosemary works for making tea, but I prefer to use fresh.
Lemon infused honey
Honey is a delicious and powerful sweetener that's only made more potent and complex in flavor by infusing and fermenting with it!
How to make rosemary herb tea
The process for making rosemary tea is straightforward: all you need is water, an infuser (or something else that will hold the rosemary), and fresh or dried rosemary sprigs. Here's how to do it!
Start by heating water to boiling in a pot or tea kettle on the stove.
As you wait for the tea kettle to boil, get out a mug and add the rosemary leaves to it. Both fresh or dried rosemary leaves, but new leaves taste better.
If you're using whole fresh rosemary sprigs, just rip them off the stem. However, if you want to use an entire dry twig, there's no need to pull off any leaves because they'll fall off on their own during the brewing process. You can also grind up dried rosemary leaves into powder if that's easier for you to find in stores.
I'm using fresh rosemary leaves; we recommend one teaspoon of ground dried leaves or two teaspoons of whole dried leaves per cup of tea.
Once the water has come to a boil, pour it into your mug over the rosemary leaves and let them steep for about four minutes (or longer if you prefer stronger tea).
Potential Side Effects: Please Read!
Pregnant women should avoid consuming rosemary tea due to its potential toxicity.
If you are allergic to any plants in the mint family, you should avoid consuming rosemary because it may cause an allergic reaction. If you experience any symptoms after drinking rosemary tea, such as hives or itchy eyes, seek medical attention immediately.
Three other quick herb and herbal drink recipes
There are quite a few ways to adapt this recipe (including maybe making a version of this hot toddy?), but rosemary is an understated herb in beverages, so I thought I'd share some quick drink ideas to make rosemary. If you have a favorite drink with rosemary, I'd love to hear about it!
Place 1 cup of water and two sprigs (1-2 inches long) of fresh rosemary into a pitcher and refrigerate overnight. Strain and drink cold throughout the day.
Caffeine Free Rosemary Iced Tea
Make a pitcher of rosemary tea using 8 cups of water, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and six sprigs (1-2 inches long) of fresh rosemary. Let cool, and then refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled with ice cubes.
Lemon-Rosemary infused Sun Tea:
In a glass or ceramic pitcher, combine 6 cups of cold water with two tablespoons of lemon juice and four sprigs (1-2 inches long) of fresh rosemary. Place in direct sunlight for 4 to 5 hours before straining out the rosemary and serving over ice cubes.
Cinnamon and rosemary tea encourage the digestive process, winding down the day and promoting restful sleep.
The recommended daily amount of rosemary is ½ teaspoon.
- 1. cup of water
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 tablespoon lemon fermented honey
- Bring water to a boil, one cup per person.
- To your mug, add two teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves (or one teaspoon of dried rosemary)
- Once the water has reached a boil, add water to the mug.
- Let it steep for 10 minutes
- Strain it into a cup using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth, or remove the whole sprig.
- Add lemon fermented honey to taste.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g