Although rosemary, sage and thyme are never included in traditional Indonesian cooking, I adore these 3 herbs.  I often use them for many uses in non Asian recipes especially Mediterranean as these herbs are native to Mediterranean region.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary stimulates the immune and keeps the blood flowing to ensure a healthy nervous system. Soothing in its aroma, rosemary contains anti-inflammatory properties useful in quelling asthma attacks and bringing relief to headaches.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sage has very similar health benefits to rosemary. With its rosmarinic acid which is a powerful antioidant, sage stimulates the nevous system and protects against cell damage.  Its anti-flamantory properties may help soothe asthma and rheumatoid arthritis pain.  Sage also contains phytosterols that may help alleviate cramps amd provide relief for menopausal hot flashes.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Common thyme is a basic ingredient in Levantine (Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian Jordanian, Israel), Libyan, Indian, Italian, French, Albanian, Persian, Portuguese, Assyrian, Spanish, Greek, Nigerian, Caribbean, and Turkish cuisines, and in those derived from them. Thyme also has a great benefit to help people with respiratory problems, is used too soothe coughs, chest congestion and bronchitis. As antiseptic and digestive aid, it soothes sore throats and coughs. Thyme is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids,linked to keeping the brain, kidney and heart healthy.

Indonesia Eats recommendation for rosemary, sage and thyme recipes:
French Onion Soup
Greek Swordfish Salad with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Cham and Mustard
Cream of Mushroom and Dill Soup
Cheese Leek Mushroom Potato Soup
Homemamde Vegetarian Stock
Caribbean Chickpeas Vegetable Roti
Focaccia Bread
Baked Rosemary Escargot
Braised Rosemary Lamb Shank


  1. They are not common in Japanese food as well – unless we make some kind of Western/Western style meal. I love thyme, and that’s my new herbs that I’ve been using. I don’t have many recipes that uses sage and I want to discover more. Thanks for the informative post!

  2. Do you have any information on where I can get rosemary in Yogyakarta, Indonesia?
    I think it’ll be helpful for my asthma. Thanks.


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