The botanical name for rosemary is Rosmarinus officinalis. Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with aromatic, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary is a member of the mint family which includes a number of herbs. The name “rosemary” is derived from the Latin roots for “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus), or “dew of the sea”. Rosemary leaves are very often used as a flavoring in foods such as lamb, pork, chicken and turkey. Rosemary is quite hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts surviving for lengthy periods. The growth of the rosemary plant can range from upright to trailing; in its upright form rosemary can reach 5 feet tall. The leaves are evergreen in nature, they are typically 1–1.5 inches long and only 2–5 mm broad. The leaves are green above and white on the underside. The plant flowers in both the spring and summer in temperate climates; however, the plants can be in continuous bloom in warm climates. The flowers are white, pink, purple or deep blue.
Medicinally, rosemary has numerous uses. Rosemary can be utilized for medicinal purposes in herb form, powder form or oil form. One of rosemary’s most common uses is for digestive problems, including: heartburn, intestinal gas, an array of liver and gallbladder conditions, as well as loss of appetite. Miscellaneous uses for rosemary include: gout, cough, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss. Rosemary can be used topically to treat and prevent thinning hair and baldness. It has proven to be effective at treating circulation problems, toothache, eczema when applied topically as well. Again, rosemary can be used in many forms; the benefits are typically improved when more than one method is combined.
Rosemary Recipe for Hair Growth
2 cups of water 2 tablespoons rosemary 2 drops rosemary oil
Bring water to a boil; add rosemary. Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely. After washing your hair as normal simply rinse your hair with the rosemary infusion, do not wash or rinse out. Best if done once daily.
Rosemary’s magickal correspondences include being (or being associated/ruled by): masculine energy, the Sun (although, some people say the Moon) and the element fire. It is sacred to Aphrodite and is believed that she arose from the ocean draped in Rosemary. It is linked to success, realizing your goals, building confidence, wealth and fame. Rosemary also enhances memory. Rosemary can be used in spells for remembrance and to strengthen fidelity. Due to its connecting with strengthening fidelity it is often used in hand-fasting ceremonies. It is believed that carrying a twig of rosemary will protect you from the evil eye. Rosemary can attract faeries and good energies.
Rosemary Blessing for Hand-fasting (wedding) – this is a very simple way to usher in your marriage with many blessings. Incorporate rosemary into your table centerpieces for the reception or gathering. Gather all of the centerpieces prior to placing them on the tables. Hold your hands open above the plants and recite the following charm 3 times:
The charming rosemary what a fragrant bouquet.
Bring joy and sweet memories to our special day.
– Ruth David
Utopia’s Path Tea Shoppe & Apothecary