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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Rosemary

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!




Rosemary

Latin Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant Family: Lamiaceae-
the mint family

Character: bitter, dry, pungent, warming

Constituents: bitter principle, camphor, resin, tannin, volatile oil

Actions of the essential oil: analgesic, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, stimulant, and a general tonic

Parts Used: aerial parts

Harvest fresh year round.

Rosemary is regarded as energizing and uplifting.

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. 
I love to run my hands through a rosemary bush. 
It leaves such a refreshing scent on my hands. 

I love to throw some rosemary in a skillet with olive oil 
when I make some killer grilled cheese. 
It gives the bread that extra yumminess.

Rosemary has a variety of uses. 

Most of us are used to cooking with it, 
however the essential oil of rosemary is also 
quite beneficial.

I'm not the only one that loves rosemary. Paracelsus, a renowned physician during the 16th century, valued rosemary oil because of its ability to strengthen the entire body. He believed that rosemary essential oil could heal the liver, 
the brain, and the heart.

So, what can you do with rosemary essential oil?

~Make a stimulating rub for arthritic conditions.

~Use as a hair tonic to encourage hair growth and restore color.

~Add rosemary oil to the bath for aching limbs or to help nervous exhaustion.

~Create a massage oil for aching joints and muscles by diluting 1 ml of rosemary oil in 25 ml of almond or sunflower oil.

~Headache? Dab some oil on your temples.

~Sniff it. The mesmerizing smell of rosemary stimulates mental energy. It clears the respiratory tract. It also restores life energy, for rosemary is a strong awakening herb.

~Create a homemade air freshener spray with water and rosemary essential oil to remove unpleasant odors from a room.

~Use as a mouthwash to eliminate bad breath.

Rosemary oil blends well with basil, cedarwood, chamomile, citronella, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, and peppermint.

Rosemary Folklore

~Rosemary is a sacred plant symbolizing remembrance.

~It is one of the oldest incenses used in ancient Egypt.

~In the days of old, rosemary was used for anointing and blessing.

~It was thought to bring love and peace, and to provide protection and purification.

~Placing a spring of rosemary under one's pillow on Halloween night ensures one they would dream of their future husband.

~If you wish to receive knowledge or the answer to a question, burn rosemary on charcoal and smell its smoke.

~Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying  vibrations, and is used to rid a place of negativity.

~Rosemary was burnt at shrines in Ancient Greece to drive away evil spirits and illnesses.

~A necklace made from rosemary preserves your youth.

~When placed beneath the pillow, rosemary ensures good sleep and drives away nightmares.

Rosie the Riveter 


If rosemary unexpectedly appears
in your garden,
it is a sign that the woman of the house is
intuitive, powerful, and strong.



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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.