Rosemary

  • It has been known since antiquity for its beneficial antiseptic, antibacterial and expectorant properties.

  • Its essential oil with topical application increases blood flow to the region, acts as an analgesic and a stimulant. It is ideal for exhaustion, weakness and depression. It is also used as a tonic for hair that stimulates hair growth and protects its colour.

  • The herb is associated with the Virgin Mary in several countries. Tradition has it that the plant originally had white flowers. During her flight to Egypt, the Virgin placed her blue cloak onto a rosemary bush. When she gathered up her cloak, the flowers had taken on a fresh blue colour. The flowers of the rosemary bush have retained a blue colour since then in honour of the Virgin Mary.

  • According to Greek mythology, rosemary appeared from the sea together with the emerging goddess Aphrodite and hence the origin of the Latin name of Ros Marinus, i.e. sea dewdrop.

  • The ancient Greeks burned it as incense at public and religious ceremonies. They used it to make laurel wreaths and knew that it assisted in retaining a good memory.

    The Romans offered it up to their household patron deities and considered that its smoke was a purifying agent.

    The Arabs also had a high appreciation for it. Their doctors considered that it was beneficial to memory, speech and vitality.

  • During the middle Ages the rosemary bush symbolised faith and remembrance. It was linked to both the marriage and death rituals.

    A potion is mentioned in popular tradition that was produced by distilling rosemary, cedar and turpentine. It was this potion that transformed a 70 year-old princess into an attractive young lady whom the king of Poland asked in marriage in 1370.

  • According to astrologers it is the plant of the Sun.

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