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Hairyloon

Rosemary

The rosemary bush needs severe trimming again. It seems wasteful to just chuck it on the compost or the fire, but it grows much faster than we could possibly use it, unless we can find something we can make with it to send to market.
Any thoughts?
dpack

tis rather nice in bathwater.

tis good in bags like lavender for keeping draws and cupboard fresh .

etc etc
Mistress Rose

You can make bath bags with clippings of rosemary and some porridge oats. Makes the water feel soft and the porridge is good for some skin ailments.
Slim

Cut sticks as kebab skewers for BBQ-ing?

I'm always jealous that some people can have rosemary grow "too fast", basically impossible in my area as you need to pot them up for the winter.
Hairyloon

You can make bath bags with clippings of rosemary and some porridge oats. Makes the water feel soft and the porridge is good for some skin ailments.

What bags do you recommend?
Hairyloon

Cut sticks as kebab skewers for BBQ-ing?

Nice idea, but most of it is too gnarly.
That said, I've not done the top yet: the job spec was to trim it back from the path.
Nick

Cut sticks as kebab skewers for BBQ-ing?
Nice idea, but most of it is too gnarly.
That said, I've not done the top yet: the job spec was to trim it back from the path.

Adding scent as barbecue fuel.
dpack

You can make bath bags with clippings of rosemary and some porridge oats. Makes the water feel soft and the porridge is good for some skin ailments.
What bags do you recommend?

cheap socks Wink
Hairyloon

You can make bath bags with clippings of rosemary and some porridge oats. Makes the water feel soft and the porridge is good for some skin ailments.
What bags do you recommend?

cheap socks Wink
Not really a marketable proposal I think.
Sherbs

I have made rosemary oil with mine in the past dpack

I have made rosemary oil with mine in the past

infusion or steam distillation for essential oil?

i keep meaning to have a go at steam distilling with rosemary ,lavender etc but never seem to get round to it even though i have a steam generator which would do the job.
Mistress Rose

If you want to sell them you would have to make bags out of fabric. Something like muslin with a ribbon round the top would be quite saleable. You can just make a square or circle of fabric, put the oats and rosemary in the middle and gather it up with the ribbon. For your own use an the bottom part of a leg of an old pair of tights, stocking or sock would do. Hairyloon

For your own use an the bottom part of a leg of an old pair of tights, stocking or sock would do.
All of my old socks have holes in. And we don't talk about the stockings. Embarassed
Wink
gythagirl

Do you have hens? Herbs are good for adding to the bedding, they're said to repel mites and lice and smell nice to us too when we open up the coop! I don't use them as often as I'd like as I rarely have surplus herbs but I would if I had more! Rosemary would be pretty robust too. Mistress Rose

Tie a bit of string round the bit with the hole so the rosemary and oatmeal is only in the intact part of the sock, or start darning. Very Happy Sherbs

I have made rosemary oil with mine in the past

infusion or steam distillation for essential oil?



I just put large sprigs of rosemary in a bottle of olive oil and leave it in the cupboard until it's needed or given away to family. It works pretty well and it's lovely for roasting veg, especially potatoes and carrots.
dpack

oil infusion Cool , tis nice for cooking or using almond oil to make rubbing/bath oil

i wonder if it would infuse in a plain shampoo for an ace hair wash product?
Mistress Rose

You could try making a strong rosemary oil and adding a bit of that to shampoo. It might diffuse straight into it. Worth a try with a little bit, but not too sure of the keeping properties, so could end up smelling horrible. Hairyloon

I was told you should dry rosemary before infusing else there is a risk of unpleasant bacteria. dpack

I was told you should dry rosemary before infusing else there is a risk of unpleasant bacteria.

C Bot. is a possible but unless you dry above 120 C for 15 mins any spores can remain viable.

to sterilise herbs ,vac pack and 20 mins in a pressure cooker would do the job.

or perhaps just pour hot oil onto the fresh herbs.
Hairyloon

or perhaps just pour hot oil onto the fresh herbs.
Hot meaning more than 120C?
Is that hot enough to destroy the benefit of cold pressing the oil?
Mistress Rose

I am not sure you will be able to extract oil from rosemary by cold pressing; this method is used for things like rape seed and olive stones.

The way that good quality herb extracts are produced is to put a very large amount into a container, which can be a pressure vessel or something not dissimilar to a shipping container, then passing steam through it. This gives the essential oil. We have a farm at the other end of the county that does this and went there with the Farmers Market one year. Fields of various herbs and other plants grown for their oils and we saw some actual oils they had produced and the equipment they used. They make most of the oil of peppermint used in certainly the UK and possibly Europe. They make lots of other essential oils too.

I agree about being sure the herbs or oils have been heated to avoid the risk of botulism bacteria if they are for food use.
Hairyloon

I am not sure you will be able to extract oil from rosemary by cold pressing; this method is used for things like rape seed and olive stones.
I meant to cold press the oil to infuse the rosemary into.
Mistress Rose

If you want to go to those extremes. You can buy cold pressed oil easily enough. I don't think it will damage the oil to heat it to above 120C for a few minutes if you are going to eat the rosemary oil. The other methods of extraction use steam under pressure and some chemicals I think, which is what some people object to. dpack

the C Bot. issue is from the herb ( and the water in the herb or garlic or veg) part rather than the oil . i recon a pressure cooker on a bag of herbs would both kill any spores and open up the oil bearing vesicles ready for infusing if heating the oil and using that to sterilise it might mess up the oil flavour .

going by adding rosemary to roast spuds etc rosemary oil seems quite temp/ oxidation stable so heating the sprigs to 120c with no air should not alter the flavour or smell.
Mistress Rose

Would agree with that Dpack.
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