“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember;” William Shakespeare
History: Rosemary has been used since ancient times to stimulate the mind, memory and the senses. Historic records show that students in Greece wore sprigs of Rosemary in their hair while studying. Ceremonially It was used for Remembrance. Brides wore it as a symbol of fidelity, to show that they would always remember their families. It was buried with the dead so that they would never be forgotten. The aromatic branches were hung and burned to fight infection, during rampant diseases like the plague.
Nutritional constituents: Vitamin A, C, E
Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc
Spiritual/cleansing benefits: Protection and purification, confidence and courage. It can be placed under the bed to keep nightmares away.
Astrology: Leo (July 23 to August 22; Ruled by the sun)
Traditional/Current Medicinal uses: Rosemary is a circulation stimulant which improves blood flow through the body and supports vitality in body tissues. It improves memory by increasing the circulation of blood to the brain and can also ease headaches and migraines.
Rosemary acts as a tonic to the nervous system and is uplifting to the spirit for mild depression and debility. It helps to support the heart and cardiovascular system.
Due to its bitter action, Rosemary stimulates bile flow which aids digestion of dietary fat. It protects liver cells against toxic damage and enhances liver detoxification. It helps to relieve flatulence and intestinal cramps and spasms.
Rosemary is a potent antioxidant and antimicrobial. Externally Rosemary can be used to ease nerve and muscular pain.
How to use:
Culinary uses: Rosemary is used in cooking to preserve meats, and pairs especially well with Roast lamb, potatoes, salt, olive oil and garlic. It is often used for Italian and Mediterranean cooking. The fresh flowers can be added to salads.