Monday, January 17, 2011
Did you know… the herb Rosemary’s Latin name (Rosmarinus Officinalis), means “Dew of the Sea” referring to its blue flowers and /or that it thrives by the seashore.
Christian legend claims the flowers were originally white but were turned varying shades of blue when the “Virgin Mary” hung her blue cloak over a Rosemary bush.
It has long been used for purification and protection, even by the Native Americans. If planted at the entrance to a home or garden, it is said to impart an aura of protection. Since ancient Greece (1000 BC) it was used as incense to ward off evil and / or infections. It is also associated with remembrance. The ancient Greek students wore garlands of it to enhance their studies. It is linked with happy memories and became a wedding flower in Europe since the time of Charlemangne. It also became a funeral flower in the 17 & 18 century Europe because it symbolizes the memories of a loved one. Used as a smudge or incense it will enhance the clarity of focus and/ or sacredness of the occasion… whether studying for an exam, relaxation, meditation or prayers to the “Holy Spirit” or “Divine”.
Rosemary was part of the “Four Theives Vinegar” used by grave-robbers during the 15 century to protect them from the plague. It was listed in a compilation of German medicines written in 1098-1179 AD. Until recently, French hospitals used it to disinfect the air.
Rosemary is a type of mint used for nervous indigestion, to relieve tension headaches, high blood pressure, muscular pain, sciatica and neuralgia. It has a cleansing and purifying effect on the blood. It can stimulate breast milk, may prevent miscarriage and help with premenstrual syndrome symptoms. It works well for coughs / colds and as a gargle or rinse for mouth, gums and sore throats. It has been added as a hair rinse to prevent hair loss. It is used in seasoning foods and has a unique flavor.
As a flower essence, its positive qualities are of a warm physical presence and embodiment. It is a strong awakening and incarnating remedy. Signs of imbalance could be forgetfulness, lacking physical / etheric warmth.
The essential oil is used for infectious diseases, liver conditions, throat / lung, hair loss and impaired memory.
According to the University of Miami, it boosts alertness, eases anxiety and amplified analytic / mental ability.
Perhaps best of all… Banke’s Herbal of 1525 claims that smelling rosemary often, will keep a person young!!
This article is for informational purposes only.