Rosemary, rosmarinus officinalis

The Rosemary we find in Ikaria was originally planted in gardens and has spread into the wild, taking on a life of its own. Like everywhere, it has always been appreciated as a spice, but Ikarians have been using it also as tea, to treat illnesses.

We pick it when it long flowering season peaks and the rains have stopped, which is usually in May. We are careful with the scythe, to choose only the shoots that sprouted during that spring.

Like out Peppermint, Ikaria gives to its Rosemary essential oil a sweetness and takes away some of its usual pungent tones. Its hydrosol is popular for regenerating hair follicles when used on the head.