I have always been interested in Rosemary. Growing up it surrounded the common garden areas around my suburban neighborhood. When I started studying witchcraft and herbs I learned that it was a very important herb to protect and revitalize yourself. There is more to rosemary than seasoning a chicken, and I intend to teach you about it for this week’s herb spotlight.
The plant originated in the mediterranean and can be used as a dried whole herb, dried powdered extract and tea and liquid extracts made from the dried leaves. The name originates from the word ‘ros’ meaning dew and ‘marinus’ meaning sea, for a literal translation ‘Sea Dew’ since it grew near the sea. It is a member of the mint family and has countless uses.
Breakdown of Rosemary
Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis [aka elf leaf]
Parts Used: Dried Whole Herb, Dried Powdered Extract, Dried Leaves
Magickal Stats: Air element, Ruled by the Sun
Improves Function of:
- Circulatory System
- Nervous System
- Immune System
Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- High Blood Pressure
- Memory Loss
- Fevers, Colds, Flu or Congestion
Assists Spiritually With:
- Warding off nightmares
- Attaining courage and confidence
- Comfort in bereavement
How Does It Work?
Rosemary contains valuable antioxidants that help with immune issues and to clear up the common cold, fever and even prevent DNA mutation. It is strong in Vitamin B6, Iron and Calcium. When applied topically to the balding head it can irritate the scalp which causes a rise in blood circulation and stimulates hair growth. Ingesting rosemary increases the oxygen rich blood flow to the brain which causes the memory boost that the herb is so famous for.
What Do I Do With It?
Dried Herb: You can cook with the dried herb or just eat it as a supplement. Steep 2 TB in boiling water for 10 minutes and drink before dinner to stimulate liver function and digestion. The dried herb can be made into an extract and taken in liquid dropper form.
Fresh Herb: The fresh herb is used in the same regard as the dry. Burn to purify a space and create an energy of protection. Place leaves in a bath balm before bed to ward away nightmares and sprinkle over the grave of a loved one to preserve your memories of the deceased and give them comfort in the beyond.
Essential Oil of Rosemary: Take a smell or dab small amount behind your right ear to stimulate memory and thought processes. Apply the oil to skin blemishes or rashes to clear up the area.
WARNING: If you are pregnant or taking any doctor prescribed medications please speak to your doctor before supplementing yourself with rosemary.