Healing Rosemary Wine

Rosemary bushWhen you hear “rosemary and wine”, what’s your first thought? The very natural answer (even if you’re not hungry) is that the two ingredients combine into some kind of a Mediterranean-inspired marinade. Or, perhaps, rosemary-coated roasted potatoes, served with a glass of wine. It seems so natural and inviting to think of rosemary as a culinary ingredient, but, in truth, rosemary is a powerful healing plant, which has been used faithfully since the Middle Ages. Today, I share quite an ancient recipe –one could say—for  a powerful rosemary wine that has renowned healing properties. This not difficult to make, on the contrary…it’s as easy as making a marinade.

A few “scholarly” thoughts on rosemary…

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) is a perennial aromatic herb that belongs to the family Lamiaceae. The prized constituent of rosemary is oleoresin, used extensively in medicine and aromatherapy. The main antioxidant properties in rosemary are attributed to the presence of carnosic acid, isorosmanol, rosmariquinone, rosmaridiphenol and rosmarinic acid.

A few bits of information that I shared with my neighbor…

  • Rosemary essential oil acts as a herbal rubefacient, so it’s added into ointments that relieve pain and stimulate blood circulation.
  • Rosemary oil is used for inhalation in case of colds and blocked airways.
  • Infusion of rosemary leaves promotes digestion and alleviates tension.
  • Tea blends with rosemary invigorate body and promote blood circulation.
  • Rosemary essential oil us used to control dandruff and promote hair growth.

Healing rosemary wine: The Recipe


  • ¾ cup of fresh rosemary leaves, rinsed under cold water and chopped
  • 1 ½ cup of a quality red wine, organic preferred (quality wine is not only for drinking, but also for cooking and preparing herbal remedies)

healing rosemary wine


  • Put the chopped leaves into a glass or ceramic bowl
  • Pour wine over it, mix well (Yup, it smells and looks just like your mother’s marinade. Nobody will know if you change your direction at this point and use it for the cooking.)
  • Transfer to a clean glass jar, close tightly (you can skip the previous step and mix everything in a jar). Let it rest for ten days. Shake daily.
  • Strain the mixture and store. Dark glass jars are best.

making rosemary wine

Suggested use:

  • Take one teaspoon of rosemary wine and mix it with ½ cup of water. Consume once to twice per day.
  • Alternatively, you can add one teaspoon of rosemary wine to a cup of hot herbal tea. Mix in honey if desired.

The flirtatiously fragrant rosemary wine offers support for the following health-related conditions: low blood pressure, recuperation from an illness, respiratory and lung problems, headaches and poor digestion.

Note: While rosemary wine is considered to be safe, it is not recommended for use during pregnancy and it should used with caution by people with high blood pressure.

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