Sunday, July 8, 2012

Herbal Lore - Rosemary


Gender – Masculine
Planet – Sun
Element - Fire


The Ancients were well acquainted with Rosemary, which had a reputation for strengthening the memory. On this account it became the emblem of fidelity for lovers. It holds a special position among herbs from the symbolism attached to it. Not only was it used at weddings, but also at funerals, for decking churches and banqueting halls at festivals, as incense in religious ceremonies and in magical spells.

Culinary Uses

Rosemary has a strong, distinctive flavor and is best suited to poultry, beef and fish, particularly in their roasted forms.  It can be used to enhance tomatoes, spinach, peas, mushrooms, eggs and lentils.  Its robust character works well in bouquet garnis.

Herbal Lore

Promotes wound healing and acts as an antiseptic and stimulant.  Good for treating mouth ulcers, sore throats and abdominal pain.  The oil is used for treating arthritic pain, rheumatism, depression, memory loss and headaches.  Rosemary tea is said to act as a stimulate and to aid concentration. 

Magical Uses

It is used for protection, healing and to improve memory. It is a powerful cleanser and purifier and can be burned to get rid of negativity.  Add to purification bath sachets, love incenses and protection incenses.  Placed under the pillow at night ensures a good night’s sleep.

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