Few scents say summer like the scent of rosemary. I love the stuff.
When eaten, rosemary leaves not only taste amazing, but they also improve concentration by increasing blood flow to the head and brain. Rosemary is loaded with Vitamin A (for vision) and has anti-inflammatory properties. This cousin of mint is also loaded with anti-oxidants and has been used throughout the ages for many ailments including high blood pressure, gout, headaches and even baldness when applied externally. Consuming rosemary can even help with belly issues, like gas and gall bladder problems!
Lemons are also a superfood, containing Vitamin C, immunity builders and anti-cancer properties.
Rosemary has also been used to scent fountains in Ancient Rome and offered to special guests and visitors as a gift when soaked in water. Add a sprig of rosemary and several slices of lemon to a saucepan with a splash of vanilla and warm on the stovetop for a wonderful summer smell in your home.
Bruise a few sprigs in a pitcher or carafe with the end of a wooden spoon, add lemon slices and allow the flavors to blend, in the fridge, overnight.
Pour into a frosty mug over ice and sip.
Focus, refill, repeat.