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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Lots of rosemary bushes in flower around where I live. As I pass, I pull off new leaves and chew them. As I put the camera on macro and push it into the bush, waves of scent waft towards me.

In a café in St-Rémy-de-Provence, I ask for an infusion and get a tumbler of hot water with a sprig of rosemary in it. Stare and poke, watch the water slowly change to pale amber, take the twig out and drink it down – lovely. Rosemary becomes a tea.

Later it becomes my regular breakfast tea – a gentler wake-up substitute for coffee.

Later still, having learned a little of herbal medicine, I know it’s so much more: antiseptic, antiviral, soothing and stimulating, astringent, healing; that it helps my headaches and poor digestion.

And as it bursts into new growth, all these healing properties are there in the strong, subtle blues and greens, the smooth, resilient texture of the new shoots, the deep, oily aroma.

What an inspiring message. Here I was sitting nodding off over my computer (10-30 p.m. here Downunder) and suddenly I knew what I needed to clear my mind. I stepped outside for a sprig and now have a cup of rosemary tea before me.

For breakfast I have been in a peppermint tea phase of late, but I will now remember to vary it sometimes with a cup of rosemary. Thank you Jean!

Hello Jude. I'll think of you having rosemary tea for breakfast when I'm going to bed. It's delightful,and not yet quite real, that you're reading my blog in Australia about 5 minutes after I wrote it, and I'm delighted to have discovered yours. I envy your herb garden and hope to have one myself before too long.
funny how your rosemary made me love ours more! are you in st remy? if so not far from us...nice blog.
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