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Rosemary is a woody herb with small dark green fragrant leaves and sweet mauve flowers. It is easy to root from cuttings and readily available from garden centres. Rosemary is a traditional herb that has been used throughout Europe for improving the look and texture of hair. Pour boiling water over a few Rosemary leaves and allow to stand for half-an-hour, strain off the liquid and add to a jugful of cold water for the final rinse. In fact it was used in times past to encourage the growth of hair this was done by the application of a strong infusion of the herb. To make the infusion for a hair tonic only: pick one tablespoon of Rosemary leaves and roughly chop them into a stone vessel/crock jug/heat resistant glass jug. Slowly pour three tablespoonfuls of boiling water onto the leaves and allow to stand for one hour. If the mixture has cooled sufficiently, strain off the juice into a container then apply gently to the scalp using small circular movements. Leave for 15 minutes or longer and rinse off with tepid water.

To make an infusion for internal use, pick the leaves and chop until there is approximately half-a-tablespoonful (two teaspoons). Place into a vessel and add one cupful of boiling water leave for five minutes and strain off the clear liquid. Once cool the liquid can be taken, drink two tablespoonfuls and await four hours before repeating the dose. This is useful for recovery after illness, for circulatory dissorders, minor headaches, sore throats, minor bouts of depression, digestive problems and improving the feeling of well being.

*Not recommended for use for sufferers of high blood pressure.



Sage has quite a strong flavour and can be used straight from the plant (wash the leaves first). Sage is noted for its ability to cool the body. It is therefore useful for reducing the incidence of hot flushes or bouts of sweating. The leaves can be dried and stored for use during winter periods. Sage is known for its antiseptic properties and can be used for problems of the mouth. It is especially useful for the treatment of mouth ulcers and sore throats. The clean leaf can be placed directly onto the ulcer and held there for a few minutes. For sore throats cool sage tea is used for both as a gargle and to slowly sip. Place a few bruised leaves into a cup and add boiling water, leave for three to five minutes before removing the Sage leaves. Wait for the tea to cool then it is ready for use.