I am so excited to bring you this conversation about rosemary, the queen of antioxidants, with brilliant herbalist and teacher, Christophe Bernard. In this episode, Christophe is sharing a wonderful way that you can enjoy the wonderful, aromatic taste of rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) with roasted or barbecued food, while at the same time, helping to buffer the oxidative stress which results when we eat that yummy, browned food.
If you’re not already familiar with Christophe, he lives in southern France (Provence) where he spends his time picking, growing and recommending herbs as a health practitioner. He has written three books and teaches at one of the oldest herbal schools in France. He also offers a set of online classes on how to make and use herbal preparations. His blog AltheaProvence has become a reference for plant lovers around the French-speaking world.
You’ll come away charmed by the story of Christophe’s journey to herbalism, his enthusiasm, and his willingness to keep learning. You'll also discover the many gifts of rosemary and receive Christophe’s recipe for Rosemary Deglazing and BBQ Spray, along with several tips and variations for making it.
Listen in for:
► How embracing humility and imperfection and remaining open to new information can produce big results (Timestamps 08:44 and 35:26)
► Tips for working with rosemary, including tasty flavor combinations for a tea that’s brimming with protective antioxidants (Timestamp 20:29)
► A classic beginner’s mistake that you can avoid (Timestamp 39:05)
Here is one of my favorite takeaways from our conversation:
“To me, rosemary represents resistance and resilience, survival. When you see it growing in this little crack of a rock, I mean, there's no soil, there's nothing, and it's not raining during the summer here. And yet that rosemary is growing and it's aromatic. What it gives back is just so strong and amazing and I really studied that plant because it seemed to be doing a lot of things as an anti-inflammatory.” (Timestamp: 14:35)
It was such a pleasure to spend time with Christophe and I’m delighted to share our conversation with you!
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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and teaches many popular online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.