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Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion (Salvia officinalis, Rosmarinus officinalis, Juniperus communis)

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub, and may grow up to six feet tall. It has green, needle-like leaves and purple flowering tops. It is native to the Mediterranean and belongs to the Labiatae family. Depending on the local climate, it may bloom all year. Rosmarinus officinalis is also known as sea rose, compass plant and Mary’s tree. Leaves and flowering tops are collected in spring and early summer. They are distilled for oil, or dried for infusions, decoctions, extracts, spirits, and tinctures.

Rosemary is rich in volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Externally it is used to help relax muscles, and for dandruff. Rosemary is used on the hair and skin and in bath products.

Juniper bushes can be found in Canada, Hungary, France and Spain. This evergreen shrub grows up to 6 metres tall. It has dark green or blue needles and small flowers and berries. The berries change colour over the first few years of growth. They start off green, but after a year or two, they turn black.

Juniper berries are known to be antiseptic.

We make an infusion of rosemary and juniper berries by adding them to boiled water.