Rosemary

SALVIA ROSMARINUS

Also known as Old Man, this piney, aromatic shrub, with narrow dark green leathery leaves is native to the Mediterranean. Like lavender, sage & thyme, rosemary is part of the mint family.


This herb has been used as far back as Ancient Greece. In those times, rosemary was a symbol of remembrance. Students wore sprigs in their hair while they studied, & the dead were buried with it as a promise that they would not be forgotten. This herb was associated with Minerva, the Greek goddess of knowledge.


Over time, rosemary has been used for a variety of purposes. During the plague rosemary branches were burned to protect from disease & as a disinfectant. In Chinese & Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to treat headaches.


Today, rosemary essence is used to scent toiletries. Rosemary is also a popular cooking herb, used to flavor meat dishes, soups & stews. In the medical field it is most commonly used to relieve intestinal gas.

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Healing properties:

  • Stimulates cerebral circulation to help with concentration & memory,

  • Eases migraine pain,

  • Treats digestive problems, relieving gas

  • Aids rheumatism, aching muscles & spasms

  • Alleviates depression & fatigue

  • Topically for rheumatism, muscle problems &  increase circulation

Parts used: leaves & twigs


Collection: harvested in summer during blooming, no more than 20% of plant at a time.

Aromatherapy:

Rosemary aromatherapy helps relieve cold & flu symptoms, asthma & can ease stress related conditions, mental exhaustion & tension headaches.

Topically rosemary essential oil treats acne, eczema & skin irritations. As it is mildly stimulating, it can benefit muscular aches & pains, as well as improve circulation.

Undiluted oil should NEVER be ingested.

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Magickal Properties

Associations

Element: Fire
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Deities: Minerva

Magical Uses

Rosemary is commonly know in the witch community to be a substitute for any missing herb, especially frankincense. Along with sage & lavender, Rosemary is in the top 3 herbs for beginner witches due to its versatility & availability.
Rosemary is one of the oldest forms of incense. Burning a combination of rosemary & juniper in sickrooms was common in ancient times to heal the ailing. When burned, Rosemary has powerful purifying & cleansing vibrations that can help rid a space of negative energy, especially good before a preforming magick. the scent of its smoke is also said to bring knowledge when inhaled.
Rosemary is closely associated with wisdom & memory. Chaplets if rosemary are often worn to improve memory & focus.it is also used to alleviate depression, by wrapping the right arm in linen cloth and rosemary leaves.
Rosemary is often used in Love & Lust incense, healing mixtures & poppets. When used in bath magick, it purifies while its scent encourages youthfulness.
If placed under a pillow, it promotes good sleep & discourages nightmares. When placed under the bed, it protects the sleeper from harm.
Rosemary is said to keep thieves at bay whey hung on a porch or door post. Growing Rosemary is also said to attract elves.

  • Luck

  • Energy

  • Digestion

Powers

  • Cleansing

  • Protection

  • Addiction

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    Magic & Medicine of Plants, by Readers Digest
    Desk Reference to Natures Medicine, by Steven Foster & Rebecca L. Johnson, published by National Geographic
    The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood, published by New World Library in 1991
    Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

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