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A Recipe for Rosemary

Cathy Christensen November 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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As the seasons change and the months pass, a person can’t help but savor cooler nights with fragrant, steaming meals, and the promise of the holidays soon to come.

And one of the most aromatic and beneficial ingredients that seems to bring warmth to the chill in the air is rosemary. With its bittersweet, slightly piney flavor, rosemary is from the evergreen family and is closely related to mint, basil, marjoram and oregano.1 The herb, which is native to the Mediterranean, has been used since 500 BC in both cooking and medicine by the ancient Greeks and Romans.1 It is usually found growing by the ocean and its Latin name means “dew of the sea.”1

Rosemary contains substances that stimulate the immune system, increasing circulation and improving digestion.2 It also has been shown to improve concentration, and its essential oil is commonly used for its aromatherapeutic benefits, including relieving aching muscles, dull skin and exhaustion.3

In the kitchen

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Quick Facts: Rosemary

  • In 1987, researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey patented a food preservative made from rosemary called rosmaridiphenol, a stable antioxidant used in cosmetics and plastic food packaging.1
  • Rosemary is believed to stimulate and strengthen memory.2
  • In ancient Greece, students would place sprigs of rosemary in their hair when studying for exams.2
  • Ancient Grecian mourners would throw rosemary into graves of the deceased as a symbol of remembrance.2
  • In England, the herb was used as a symbol of fidelity and played an important role in dress, decorations and gifts at weddings.2
  • Rosemary oil was used to make Queen of Hungary water, a popular cosmetic used in the 14th century.2

Recipe: Sungold Tomato and Rosemary Soup

From Executive Chef Peter Schott of The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania

Makes 4 servings, 91 calories, 4 grams of fat


4 pints of Sungold tomatoes

1 cup diced onion

½ cup diced celery

½ cup diced carrot

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

2 cups vegetable stock

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Toss 1 tablespoon of olive oil with tomatoes, then place tomatoes on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Roast tomatoes in preheated oven at 350°F for 20 minutes.

3. While the tomatoes are roasting, add remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a four-quart saucepan and turn the heat to medium.

4. Add onion, celery and carrots, and cook until soft.

5. When tomatoes are ready, scrape all of the tomatoes and remaining juices, along with garlic and vegetable stock, into the saucepan with the vegetables and simmer soup for 20 minutes.

6. Next, add the rosemary and use a blender to purée the soup, then season with salt and pepper.

Treatment How-to: Rosemary Herbal Wrap

From The Spa at the Sporting Club in San Diego

Restore the skin’s vitality and balance with this botanical mask, leaving the skin silky smooth with its aromatic rosemary formula.

Treatment duration: 50 minutes

Treatment cost: $100


Private shower area

Hot cabinet

Warm towels

Three bowls

Mylar and thermal blanket


Rosemary essential oil

Purifying volcanic clay mask

Scalp massage oil

Rosemary lotion

Room setup:

Place towels on massage table on top of mylar and thermal blankets.

Step 1: Add drops of rosemary essential oil to wet towels and place towels in hot cabinet. Put volcanic clay mask, scalp massage oil and rosemary lotion into three separate bowls, and also place in hot cabinet.

Step 2: Greet the client and describe the treatment in detail. Discuss the client’s health history and remind her that clients who are pregnant or claustrophobic should avoid this treatment.

Step 3: Guide the client to treatment room and ask her to remove her robe and lie face down on the treatment table. Leave the room momentarily for privacy.

Step 4: When starting the service, apply warm volcanic clay mask on client’s body, starting at the feet and moving upward.

Step 5: Ask the client to turn over onto her back, draping with the blanket for privacy, and repeat Step 4 on the front of the body.

Step 6: Drape the client in warm towels, help her sit up and put another warm towel under her back, then have her lie back down.

Step 7: Wrap client in mylar and thermal blankets, and conduct a scalp massage with warm scalp massage oil for 10 minutes.

Step 9: Direct the client toward the shower to remove the mask and ask her to return to the treatment room when ready.

Step 10: When the client returns, complete the treatment with a 10-minute massage using warm rosemary lotion.

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