Put three sprigs of rosemary in a jar: the custom of our grandparents that did not deserve to be forgotten

The wisdom and experience of our grandparents is an invaluable treasure that often offers us valuable tricks and tips to make our daily lives easier and more rewarding. Among the many secrets passed down from generation to generation, there is a magical and fragrant ingredient that has been a fixed presence in the kitchens and homes of Italian families for centuries: rosemary.

In this article we suggest a custom that was widespread until a few years ago, then lost: it consists of using sprigs of rosemary inside a jar to neutralize bad odors, especially in the refrigerator.

Scenting the refrigerator with rosemary
Rosemary is an aromatic plant with a refreshing and pleasant fragrance. This herb is also known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which can help keep the refrigerator cleaner and fight unpleasant odors. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Buy fresh rosemary sprigs at your local grocery store or grow them at home if possible. Rosemary lends itself well to growing in pots or gardens.

Step 2: Get a jar or small container with a lid that can fit comfortably in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Remove the leaves from the rosemary sprigs and place them in the jar. You can shred them lightly with your fingers to release more aroma.

Step 4: Close the jar with the lid and poke small holes in the top to allow the scent to diffuse.

Step 5: Place the jar with rosemary in the refrigerator, preferably on the top shelf or in a spot where it will not disturb food organization.

Step 6: Change the rosemary sprigs every two weeks to ensure a long-lasting, fresh scent.

Three more household tricks with rosemary
Natural fragrance diffuser: Create a natural diffuser by placing a few sprigs of rosemary in a glass or jar with water. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to intensify the aroma. This natural diffuser can be placed in any room of the house to gently scent it.
Natural air cleaning: To purify the air in your home, you can make a natural air freshener with rosemary. Pour warm water into a container and add a few sprigs of rosemary and lemon zest. Let it sit for a while, then strain the liquid and transfer it to a spray bottle. This mixture can be used to deodorize the air in the kitchen, bathroom or any other room in the house.
Insect repellent: Rosemary has repellent properties for many unwanted insects. To protect your home from mosquitoes and flies, you can make a repellent solution. Boil a few sprigs of rosemary in water for about 20 minutes. Let it cool, then pour the liquid into a spray bottle and spray it around windows and doors to keep insects away.
In conclusion, rosemary is a versatile resource that not only lends a fragrant and fresh atmosphere to the refrigerator, but can be used in a variety of ways to scent, purify and protect your home. Try these simple and natural tricks to enjoy a more pleasant and healthy environment throughout your home.