rosemary

Rosemary: stimulates the brain's nervous system and boosts blood circulation. The herb contains antioxidants that aid memory and protect the body from free radicals, which damage the body's cells ...

Common Names: Rosemary, Guardrobe, Sea Dew

Botanical Name: Rosemarinus officinalis

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub

Parts Used: Leaves and stems

Flowering: July

Rosemary is native to Spain, Portugal, southern France, and the western Mediterranean region and is now grown around the world.

Description: Rosemary is an evergreen shrub growing to about three to five feet high, with thin, dark green leaves and pale blue flowers in summer.

Cultivation: Rosemary is hardy to zone 8, growing in well-drained soil in full sun. The seeds have an extremely slow germination, so you may wish to purchase a plant rather than start it from seed.

Harvesting: Harvest the leaves any time. Use fresh, or dry.

Culinary Uses: Rosemary combines especially well with garlic, as well as bay, parsley, and thyme. Use it with lamb , potatoes, beef, or fish; in herb butters and breads; or anywhere you want a tangy, slightly piney flavor.

Rosemary Magick

Protection. Love. Lust. Mental Powers. Exorcism. Purification. Healing. Sleep. Youth

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Grow rosemary to attract elves.

Place rosemary under the bed to protect from all harm.

Wash your hands with a Rosemary infusion before doing healing work.

Burn rosemary leaves and juniper berries in sickrooms to promote healing.

Place rosemary beneath your pillow to ensure a good sleep and to drive away nightmares.

Smolder rosemary leaves to purify a room and remove negativity, especially before performing magic.

Herbal Healing with Rosemary

Cosmetic Uses: Rosemary baths refresh and stimulate, and it makes an excellent steam facial. The volatile oils increase circulation to the skin. Rosemary hair rinses brighten brunette hair.

Medicinal Actions: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, antineuralgic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitussive, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrizant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant (liver), detoxifier, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hair/scalp tonic, hepatic, hypertensor, insecticide (strong), invigorating, laxative, meditation aid, nervine, parasiticide, pectoral, rejuvenator (skin cells), resolvent, reviving, rubefacient, stimulant (adrenal glands and nerves), stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary, warming

Medicinal Uses: Rosemary stimulates both the circulation and the nervous system. It is particularly valuable for problems that do with the head - from headaches, falling hair and premature baldness to sleepliness, confusion, absent-mindedness, and depression. Rosemary brings focus and clarity and dispels fogginess. Use it with lavender (Lavendula) and wood betony (Stachys) for headaches. Combine rosemary with ginseng (Panax) or mugwort (Artemesia) for lack of alertness and mental energy. For depression, combine rosemary with St. Johns wort (Hypericum), skullcap (Scutellaria) and wild oats (Avena).

Rosemary contains diosmetin, a flavonoid known to help strengthen the capillaries, which is valuable in the cardiovascular system, where rosemary is used to improve circulation and raise low blood pressure.

Contraindications: People with high blood pressure should avoid the use of rosemary.

Body Care with Rosemary

  • To ease mental fatigue, make 1 cup rosemary leaf infusion, inhale the steam, and then drink.
  • For dandruff, rinse your hair with rosemary leaf infusion.

Infusion: 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves in 1 cup just-boiled water.

Source: The Essential Herbs Handbook by Lesley Bremness

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INFUSION

Steep the recommended quantity of leaves or flowers of the herb in one cup of just-boiled water for 10 minutes (this makes one dose). Strain before drinking, or leave the herbs as sprigs and simply remove them. Always cover infusions if you intend to store them, and use them within 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.


DECOCTION

Place the relevant quantity of herbs in 800ml cold water (makes three doses) in a pan. Boil, then simmer for 1 hour to reduce the liquid by a third. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and store, in a cool place, for up to 24 hours. Drink hot or cold.


TINCTURE

Tinctures can be used to prepare roots or leaves. They include alcohol and water to extract the properties from the herbs which would not be available if a water preparation alone was used. It is possible to replace the alcohol with glycerol or vinegar.

A tincture will last for up to two years, which makes it a very convenient method if you intend long-term use of the herbs.


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