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Rosemary Mini Monograph

"Where rosemary flourishes, there a strong woman rules."

Proverb


Rosmarinus officinalis

Relatives in the Lamiaceae family include lemon balm, basil, oregano, lavender, peppermint, spearmint, sage, catnip, bee balm, and penny royal.


Rosemary Mini Monograph by Flora's Feast Botanicals

I D E N T I F I C A T I O N

Grows up to 6 feet as a shrub or hedge in warm climates

In cooler climates, it will not overwinter outdoors

Hard, shiny, needlike-like dark green, aromatic leaves

Small lipped flowers in shades of white and silver to blue



G R O W

Perennial

Evergreen

Hardy to zone 6-10

Dry, sandy soil

Full sun

Use cuttings or transplanted roots rather than start from seed



H A R V E S T

Spring through fall

Midmorning

Regular clippings for continued harvests



D R Y

Cool, dark place with good airflow

Garble after drying


P R O P E R T I E S

Warm | Dry | Pungent | Stimulating | Aromatic

Antioxidant | Antiseptic | Astringent

Carminative | Diaphoretic | Nervine | Tonic



M A K E

Traditionally used for...

Tea: memory, headaches, nerves, gas, fever, circulatory system,

Oil: muscle tension, wounds, bites, stings, cell regeneration, arthritic pain, joint circulation, oily skin

Wash/Compress: hair and scalp, wounds, mouth, oily skin

Flower Essence: alert presence of mind, move beyond mental sluggishness

Culinary: flavor enhancer, preservative


Contradictions: avoid in large doses during pregnancy


For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.



Rosemary Folklore and Fables by Flora's Feast Botanicals
by Walter Crane

Folklore & Fables of Rosemary


"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance Pray, love and remember."

Shakespeare


Its species name is Rosmarinus officinalis. In Latin, "ros" means "dew" and "marinus" means "of the sea."


Common names include incensier, dew of the sea and sea dew. An alternate suggestion is that it is the Rose of Mary as it is said a rosemary bush protected Mary during her flight to Egypt.


Ruled by Sun and the sign Leo, its element is fire.


In floriography, or Victorian Language of Flowers, Rosemary signifies remembrance


Symbolism includes:

Protection

Purification

Cleansing

Love

Healing


Hang Rosemary to protect your home from evil. Take it with you on sea voyages for a smooth and safe passage.


Sleep with Rosemary under your pillow to protect from bad dreams and to encourage remembering them. Burn before bed to ground a restless child who is afraid of nightmares.


Rosemary was used as a strewing herb, especially in French churches and cathedrals. Incense was used for love and protection during the Middle Ages by both Christens and Pagans, especially as a way to promote the sacredness of an occasion.


Rosemary is a wedding herb, used as a symbol of lovers' fidelity. It was offered to guests to fondly remember the day.


Conversely, it is a funeral herb as a remembrance of the life lost and a symbol of the immortal soul. It can be placed in the hands of the departed and tossed into the grave by mourners.


Enjoy Rosemary while you sing auld lang syne on New Years Eve. Should old acquaintances be forgot?


Carry with lavender to promote chastity.